Choosing an International Education

“The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from home read only a page.”
– St. Augustine

For questions about International Education, study abroad, exchange agreements, or attending Ferrum as an international student, please contact Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at

Current Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad

Critical Language Scholarship Program (Application deadline: November each year)

This program offers a fully-funded overseas language study program for American students to study critical languages. This year the eligible languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Students interested in studying Russian, Chinese, or Japanese must already have Intermediate level fluency. Students interested in studying Arabic or Persian must already be at the Advanced Beginning level. Students interested in Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, or Urdu do not need any prior experience with the language.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide $10,000 for one semester abroad or $20,000 for a year abroad for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Awardees must commit to work for the US government for one year after graduation.

Gilman Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships (Application deadlines: November 1 for spring; July 1 for fall)

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring study abroad. Five scholarships are available for each semester. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

CIS Abroad Scholarships (Application deadlines: October 15 for spring; March 1 for summer; April 1 for fall)

Small scholarships of $100-$500.

Teach Abroad*

*Note that these programs, unless otherwise noted, generally require a completed Bachelor’s degree.

Japanese Exchange Teacher Programme (JET) (Application deadline: November each year)

The JET Programme seeks native English speakers to serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) in Japan for one year. ALTs are engaged in English language instruction and are mainly placed in prefectural or local boards of education or public elementary, junior high and/or senior high schools. A Bachelor’s degree is required by the start date, but applicants do not need to have any prior teaching experience or a TEFL certification.

Ameson Year in China (Application deadline: Rolling, but the sooner the better).

AYC is designed for college educated, open-minded people seeking to expand their horizons and enhance their careers. Any native English-speaking degree holder is welcome to apply. The vast majority of AYC partner schools are public primary or secondary schools in and around large and medium sized Chinese cities. AYC provides teachers with TEFL certification on the job.

Other Study Abroad opportunities

Ferrum College offers a number of short-term travel and study abroad opportunities to its students and members of the community. These programs are organized and led by members of the faculty and are designed to provide out-of-class learning experiences, including service-learning, in a variety of disciplines. In the past, students have traveled with faculty members to such places as South America, Europe, Africa, China, Mongolia, Russia, Israel and the United Kingdom, for periods of time ranging from ten days to six weeks. Credit available, hours vary according to length of experience and requirements of the program. In general, participation in these programs by students, faculty and staff of other ACA colleges would be most welcome if space allows. For information, contact Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at

Through an agreement with the International Association of Methodist Schools, College, and Universities (IAMSCU), Ferrum students may be eligible to study at a participating Methodist institution abroad through the college’s participation in the Methodist International Student Exchange Network (MISEN). Participating institutions are:

  • Aoyama Gakuin University, located inTokyo,Japan
  • Soochow University, located in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Universidad Madero, located in Puebla, Mexico
  • Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, located in Piracicaba, Brazil
  • Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, located in São Paulo, Brazil

To find out more, contact Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at

Please note that students who request Study Abroad opportunities in areas not covered by Ferrum’s specific programs will be guided toward programs sponsored by other institutions and organizations. Such requests in the past have included programs in Canada (University of Laval), France (Aix-en-Provence), Spain (University of Grenada) and Latin America, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the Spanish-speaking world through Spanish Studies Abroad, in Moscow, Russia through the School of Russian and Asian Studies, and at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan through Bard Abroad.

Short-term study/travel tours, known as Experiential Term, to a variety of destinations are frequently organized and led by members of the Ferrum College faculty.

For questions or more information, contact Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at

Opportunities for international students to study at Ferrum College

Located in the the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, about 35 miles from Roanoke, Virginia, Ferrum College in many ways is an ideal destination for international students who wish to study in the United States. Ferrum is not only situated in a particularly beautiful area, but due to its small size, offers an unusually welcoming and supportive place of study to international students.

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Ferrum College is proud of a number of ongoing programs that regularly bring international students to Ferrum, including the British Council’s Business Education Initiative, which yearly sponsors a student from Northern Ireland to study Business; an on-going agreement with Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea, which regularly sends Korean students to the Ferrum campus for a semester of study; and an agreement between Ferrum College and the Pskov Pedagogical University, Pskov, Russia, which supports a study program for a Russian student every semester, in cooperation with the Roanoke, Virgina/Pskov, Russia Sister City Organization.

Other students apply to Ferrum College directly as individuals. Countries currently or recently represented among Ferrum College International students include: Afghanistan, China, France, Korea, Mexico, the Republic of Ireland,Russia, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Many of our international students come to Ferrum for a four year degree.

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Study Abroad Programs for Ferrum Students

Ferrum College takes part in a number of highly successful international programs, which both bring international students to our campus and offer unique study abroad and internship opportunities to American students studying at Ferrum. Questions? For information, contact Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at

Program in London, England

Students may participate in a variety of international study opportunities. A semester of full-time study in London, England may be arranged for students who qualify academically. Courses are taught by American and British faculty at Imperial College of the University of London. This program is available to students at a cost that is comparable to fees charged for full-time study on campus.

This affordable international study experience is possible through Ferrum’s participation in The Private College Consortium for International Studies. The program is designed so students take classes that, in most instances, will satisfy general education and major requirements in addition to earning credit hours toward graduation.



Program in Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom’s British Council, through its Business Education Initiative, annually sends one to two students to Ferrum College for a full year of study in the area of Business. In return, educational institutions in Northern Ireland offer spaces for a full academic year to undergraduate students from participating American colleges and universities. Ferrum, along with each participating American institution, may nominate up to two students. For information, contact Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at

In addition, through a special arrangement with the University of Ulster, students or graduates of Ferrum College’s Environmental Science program, upon recommendation by Ferrum faculty members, may pursue summer course work or graduate degrees in Environmental Science (Master’s and PhD.) at the University of Ulster.

Program in Pskov, Russia

Ferrum College enjoys a unique relationship with Pskov State University in Pskov, Russia. Based on the strong Sister-City relationship between Pskov (one of Russia’s oldest cities) and Roanoke, Virginia, Ferrum has established its own exchange program, which brings students from Pskov to our campus each semester. In return, Ferrum students enjoy both short and long term internship and study opportunities in Pskov.

Ferrum students have participated in a wide variety of experience in Pskov, ranging from traditional study programs, to renovation work on a 14th century Russian Orthodox Convent, to teaching English in Pskov Schools, to working in area orphanages. While in Pskov, most students live with Russian families, although several students who have enjoyed year-long experiences in Pskov, have elected to have their own apartments. Students interested in studying abroad in Pskov must complete four semesters of Russian in order to be eligible.



Program in the Tropics

The Environmental Science Major at Ferrum College regularly offers three-week intensive study programs in various tropical locations. These study/travel courses afford students a chance to study tropical and marine plants and animals in their natural habitats. Students work closely with Ferrum faculty members and are able to pursue individual interests and research. 4 credits. Other ACA students are encouraged to apply for this program. For information, contact Dr. Todd Fredericksen, Professor of Environmental Science, (540/365-4360).

Program in South Korea

Through an agreement with Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea, Ferrum College regularly has Sejong students studying at Ferrum for periods ranging from one semester to one year. Arrangements will be made to place Ferrum students who elect to study in Korea in classes taught completely in English, although some independent study of Korean is recommended. For information, contact Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at


Program in Japan

Through an agreement with Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, Ferrum college regularly has Aoyama students studying on campus for short summer programs as well as for a semester or year. Students who are interested in going to Tokyo may be able to take classes in English, but having some independent study of Japanese, particularly being able to read hiraganakatakana, and some kanji is highly recommended. For information, contact Director of International Programs Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at