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The School of Public and International Affairs

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Empowering Future Leaders

The Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs is working to solve complex problems in public policy, international affairs, and planning through an interdisciplinary and experiential approach. We are preparing today's students to be tomorrow's leaders and to shape the world's communities through public service.

Inspiring Leaders

Cultivating Innovation

Leading Solutions

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Fostering Leadership

Skills for Success

VT SPIA offers experiential learning, study abroad, and training programs for students of all ages and stages in their careers to continually cultivate their vision and impact change.

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Experiential Learning

Interdisciplinary Studies

Our programs span the study of public administration and policy, urban affairs and regional planning, government, and international affairs. We also offer undergraduate degrees in Smart & Sustainable Cities and in Environmental Policy & Planning, the first of their kind in the nation. 

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Dedicated Research

Serve through Scholarship

VT SPIA leads several interdisciplinary research efforts. Faculty and students dedicate their scholarship to help address complex, pressing issues, such as the refugee crisis, affordable housing, and sustainability practices.


U.S. News Best Grad School 2020: Public Affairs

Ranked #22 in Urban Planning in the U.S


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