SPIA: School of Public and International Affairs2019-08-15T09:44:37-04:00


Director’s Welcome
Welcome! I am glad that you are interested in learning more about the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech.

Today our world is beset by numerous challenges, all of which demand answers from scholars and students working together across disciplinary boundaries. At SPIA, you will find such an intellectual environment. SPIA is committed to training the next generation of innovative scholars, and preparing future leaders who understand that complexity and who will be equipped with the knowledge and the necessary tools to shape the future of our world at the local, national and global level.

As part of a global land grant university, SPIA comprises a community of world renown multi-disciplinary scholars dedicated to addressing the most pressing issues of our time through scholarship, teaching and outreach.  You will be joining a diverse student body, find a staff committed to helping you achieve your career goals, and be part of a highly-connected alumni network and everything that Virginia Tech as a leading research university has to offer.

Our goal is to EXPLORE new ideas, PREPARE future leaders, ENGAGE in the pressing issues of our time, and LEAD through thoughtful public service.

SPIA comprises three programs and a research/policy institute:  Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP), the Center for Public Administration and Policy and Government and International Affairs (GIA) and the Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG).  We offer a highly interdisciplinary and flexible set of programs at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral level, as well as online programs, study abroad and experiential learning opportunities at our three campuses: Blacksburg, the university’s main campus, as well as in Richmond, the state capital, and in Alexandria, in the Washington DC metro area.  Our multiple locations offer connections to local, state, and federal government, international institutions, and non-profit organizations.

I invite you to explore this website and learn more about our programs and the groundbreaking research our faculty are engaged in.  Please feel to reach out to me, or to any of our program chairs and faculty.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to welcome you in person to SPIA and Virginia Tech.


Joel Peters
Director (interim)
School of Public and International Affairs

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SPIA Contacts

Ralph Hall, Undergraduate Program Director
201 Architecture Annex
540-231-7332 | rphall@vt.edu

Chris LaPlante, Undergraduate Advisor
209 Architecture Annex
(540) 231-3831 | chrisl@vt.edu

Myriam Lechuga, Graduate Student Coordinator
(571) 858-3102 | mlechuga@vt.edu

SPIA Locations

Washington D.C.
900 N. Glebe Road, 6th Floor, VTRC | Arlington, VA 22203

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