Study abroad programs advance the academic goals of Vanguard University by developing and promoting a variety of international educational opportunities.

These opportunities expand students’ intellectual, professional, and personal development through formal and experiential learning in other cultural contexts. They enhance students’ cross-cultural awareness and appreciation in an increasingly complex global environment.

Vanguard University endeavors to provide out-of-country study abroad opportunities for students as they pursue their academic degree programs. Each student participant is responsible for ensuring that academic credit earned for out-of-country or off-campus programs applies to his or her degree program.

Options include programs with the Council for Christian Colleges & University (CCCU), on-campus programs such as VUItalia (summer in Italy through the Religion and Theater Arts Departments), VISA Costa Rica (semester in Costa Rica offered through the Religion Department).  See Full List of Programs!

Requests to study with other programs which may be offered through other universities and educational organizations can be sent to the Outreach Office. Students are responsible to clear their programs of choice with the Outreach Office, their advisors, department chairs, deans, and the Registrar before embarking on a given program.

Studying abroad involves paperwork and time with multiple offices on campus. Once students have applied and been accepted to a particular study abroad program, they need to obtain a Registration Packet from the Outreach Office and follow the steps outlined in that packet that pertain to their particular program.


To study during the Spring or Summer semesters: October 15

To study during the Fall semester: March 15

If you are interested in studying abroad or have questions, contact Kayli Hillebrand.