VCU offers a number of sponsored living-learning programs at the undergraduate level designed to allow students to enjoy an immersive experience in a particular area and earn a certificate of completion. Through a combination of coordinated interdisciplinary course work, cocurricular activities and a residential experience, over a two-year commitment, students gain a breadth and depth of learning that prepares them to be world-ready.
VCU ASPiRE (Academic Scholars in Real Environments) is a two-year, nine-credit program with a focus on community engagement. Students also complete a minimum of 100 hours of cocurricular experiences while in the program.
VCU Globe, the Global Education living-learning community, offers a curricular focus on global education, engagement and leadership. In addition to other elements, the certificate of completion requires a minimum of nine program-specific credits, with at least 40 hours of service work and attendance at five VCU Globe events each year.
VCU INNOVATE uses academic course work and cocurricular activities to enhance the experience of students enrolled in the Certificate in Product Innovation and/or the Certificate in Venture Creation. Students enroll in four one-credit courses over a two-year residency and complete a portfolio in order to fulfill the certificate of completion.
VCU LEAD (Leaders Engaging in Advanced Discovery) provides a focus on leadership intended to develop students who will serve as leaders in their fields upon completion of the two-year, 10-credit program. Students will also undertake a minimum of 80 hours of cocurricular activities over the duration of the program.