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Your Classroom: Europe

At the Steger Center, Switzerland and Europe are your classroom. You may study geology in the Alps, see groundbreaking architecture across Europe, and engage with practitioners at some of the world’s most important NGOs. This experiential international experience sets our almni apart when applying for jobs.

The Steger Center Difference

How are programs offered at the Steger Center different from other study abroad programs?

  • The Steger Center, housed in the historic 18th century Villa Maderni, is designed for student engagement and learning. Students from various departments and colleges, who may never have crossed paths at Virginia Tech, live and learn together creating an exciting environment for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Riva San Vitale's proximity to other European destinations make these programs excellent opportunities for students to travel on weekend excursions and program field trips. But, even without having to leave the town of Riva San Vitale, you can experience art, nature, and history!
The Lasting Impact

You will gain new perspectives and develop skills, independence, and self-confidence. Choosing to study abroad helps you take the first step to becoming a global citizen, a choice that will benefit you personally and in your future professional career.

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Q&A about the academics: majors, credits, class schedule, professors, and experiential learning 

Sit in on an orientation Q&A with parents and students

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From the Steger to living and studying full-time as grad student at a Swiss University 

Honors students shares the highlights of his semester at the Steger Center

Snippet of Pre-Departure Orientation: Safety Briefing 

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Snippet of Pre-Departure Orientation: Presentation from Swiss Embassy

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