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Special Programs

Virginia State University is proud to offer its students a wide variety of Special Programs. From opportunities for hands-on experience to an exciting selection of travel-abroad programs, students at VSU are never limited to the traditional classroom experience. 

Concurrent (Dual) Enrollment Program

VSU Concurrent (Dual) Enrollment Program lets area high school students earn college credits while still in high school. The courses are taught at participating high schools by high school teachers approved by VSU. The curricula, syllabi and tests are identical to those used at VSU. If the student later attends VSU, their transcripts will reflect both the college credits and earned GPA. The concurrent enrollment courses are transferrable to other universities and colleges as well.

Continuing Education

The VSU Office of Continuing Education offers two degree programs tailored to the needs of non-traditional students. These include the Bachelor of Individualized Studies and the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree programs. The Office also offers courses off-campus for the convenience of students. These include BIS and graduate courses offerd at the Fort Lee Army Logistics University and graduate courses at Brunswick County High School.

Education Abroad

VSU students can extend the boundaries of their academic experience by participating in international study, service, intern, and field research programs practically anywhere!  In addition to faculty-led programs, students may participate in programs offered through accredited international schools or through exchange programs. To find out more about what programs are offered, visit the Office of International Education.

Honors Program

The VSU Honors Program provides superior learning opportunities that will challenge these young scholars to reach new levels of academic excellence. The Program is designed to meet the unique educational needs of VSU’s academically talented and highly motivated undergraduate students. Special opportunities are offered for students to acquire the skills and attitudes for intellectual growth, cultural enrichment and leadership development.

Participants in the Honors Program have access to the Honors House, a meeting place for study/study circles, seminars, colloquia, tutorials, guest/faculty lecturers, and social activities. The two-story facility is equipped with a computer lab, reading/seminar room, multi-media study/meeting room and lounge. 

Holistic Learning

At VSU, learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. Our students get hands-on experience in their fields of study through internships, jobs and volunteer learning.

Career Services at VSU provides experts to assist students in finding the right experiential learning opportunity. VSU Career Services offers assistance in selecting a major, career planning, portfolio and resume development, networking, job search or internships and more.

To find out more about how Career Services can help the transition from VSU student to professional, or to search openings for internships, jobs or volunteer opportunities or to create an online resume, visit the Career Services website.

Winter/Summer Sessions

VSU offers a short winter session and three sessions during the summer. Taking classes during these special sessions gives students more flexibility in completing their programs and can help you graduate on time - or even early! You'll find more information about taking winter and summer classes at VSU in this section.

Distance Education

The Office of Distance Education is the home for the official courses and programs offered online at VSU. At present, the courses offered are through the LOOC program. Local Online Courses are low cost courses offered during the Summer and Winter terms to current students and entering Freshmen that are aspiring to catch up or get ahead in their studies. Each course offered are listed support either the General Education or Free Elective requirements of the University.

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