The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office had a busy and productive fall! The office started off the year with the launch of a new website. It features information for students and parents about studying abroad at our partner organizations and global campuses, as well as fellowship opportunities. For faculty who might be interested in leading a study abroad program, there is a wealth of information on the approval process for forming a trip. The site includes an up to date calendar with all of our events over the year.
Additionally, the office hosted a DiscoveRIT Pre-Orientation trip called Destination: World. The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office took 15 freshman students on their very first international “study abroad” trip. These students from all over the United States lived in a hostel and experienced Canada for 3 days and 2 nights in both Toronto and Niagara Falls. This was a great opportunity to give students an idea of the process of applying for, planning for and going on an international abroad experience. Staff and students also built some great relationships and made new representatives of study abroad!
Applications for the 2013-2014 Fulbright grants are under way. RIT has 9 applicants representing many majors and interests hoping for funding for graduate studies, research or arts grants and English teaching assistantships. The application process is strenuous and the grants are extremely competitive. The applicants are vetted by an on-campus committee of faculty and are advised by Jenny Sullivan, assistant director of Study Abroad and Fellowships, before applications are passed along to Fulbright.