Radford University is proud to offer its students a wide variety of Special Programs. From opportunities for the new student to an exciting selection of travel abroad programs, students at Radford are FAR from limited to the traditional classroom experience.
Radford University students can study abroad 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 International Education Center.
New Student Programs
Radford University has developed programs and services to promote its intent for all admitted students to be both challenged and supported in the transition that includes academic, social and personal growth. The Office of New Student Programs provides orientation and more to help students adjusted to college life.
The Honors Academy provides academic opportunities for motivated and intellectually mature students and recognizes outstanding student achievement. The Academy includes the honors curriculum and a residential community in Floyd and Peery Residence Halls. The Honors Academy exists as an instantiation of as close to an ideal "community of learners" as possible, that fosters collaborative scholarship, both between students as well as between students and faculty. The Honors Academy also promotes intercultural experiences, including study abroad, and leadership opportunities as integral components of an Honors Education at Radford University.
Experiential learning has deep roots in the Radford University experience with a long history of dedicated and passionate faculty committed to engaging their students in and beyond the classroom, exposing them to “doing” their disciplines, showing them the world and assisting in their growth to becoming engaged citizens.
The Office of High Impact Practices supports and promotes the development of transformative educational opportunities across the institution including learning communities, client-based projects, service learning, independent research, and more. Our goal is to ensure that all Radford University students have access to and engage in multiple high quality experiences while they are at RU… relevant academic knowledge, skills and dispositions they need to be career-ready and engaged citizens upon graduation. Learn more by visiting the High Impact Practices website.
Graduates who have an internship or job that allows them to apply what they learned in the classroom are twice as likely to feel engaged (happy and satisfied) in their careers. The Career Center at Radford University is your connection to internships and jobs, as well as to career planning advisors, resources, and opportunities to assist you in realizing your unique career potential. To find out more about the career opportunities and services offered, visit the Career Center website.
Summer Session and Augustmester
Radford University offers five sessions during the summer: Maymester, Summer I, Summer II, Summer III and an online Augustmester. Taking classes in the summer helps students graduate on time - or even early! For more information about taking summer classes, visit the Summer Session website.
Wintermester is an inter-session offered during winter break. All Wintermester courses are offered online and are designed to help students achieve academic success. Taking a Wintermester class can help reduce a student's course load in fall and spring and/or help a student graduate on time - or even early!
The Language and Culture Institute
The Language and Culture Institute at Radford University (LCI@RU), offered through a partnership with Virginia Tech, provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development.
Our Intensive English Program offers full-time language training to international students. Instruction is available from beginning through advanced proficiency levels and is supplemented by self-paced, interactive computer-assisted training.