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Study Abroad For Liberal Arts Students


  • There is a wide variety of liberal arts coursework abroad which means you will need to spend some time narrowing down your program choices. Thinking about your priorities in choosing a program (level of cultural immersion, program cost, language of instruction and location) will help you settle on a good program fit.
  • New College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Global Opportunity (GO) Grant available for all CLA majors/double majors - an automatic $500 grant to study abroad (must meet study abroad eligibility requirements). 


CLA Study Abroad Info Sheet – Highlights major/college specific study abroad information such as the best time to go and popular programs.

  • If you’re interested in one of the programs highlighted, login to the Compass (application database), click on the ‘Search Programs’ tab and type in the program name in the keyword box to learn more and start an application.
  • Don’t see a program you’re interested in on the sheet? Do a Compass search to expand your options (choose your field of study from the drop down list).

CLA Study Abroad Pathway - Developed by CLA to help students in each major identify an ideal time to study abroad. If the suggested time frame for your major doesn’t work for you, work with your academic and study abroad advisors to determine an alternative time frame.

Modern Languages Info. Sheets - Highlights language specific study abroad programs for Modern Languages majors

Faculty-Led Programs:
The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) offers faculty-led study abroad programs designed, developed and led by CLA faculty. The travel portion of these programs are usually shorter in length (between one to five weeks) taking place over summer, winter break or spring break.

These upcoming CLA Faculty-Led Programs are currently accepting applications:

Digital Storytelling in Portugal Lisbon, Coimbra, & Porto, Portugal Summer Faculty Director: Trent Hergenrader (
The Voices of Ghana: A Transformed African Country Legon, Ghana Summer Faculty Directors: Dr. Kijana Crawford ( or Dr. Edward Kannyo (
Ireland's Culture, Society & Justice System Waterford, Ireland Summer Faculty Director: Tony Smith (

Study Abroad Scholarships for Liberal Arts Students:

  • CLA Global Opportunity (GO) Grant -  an automatic $500 grant to study abroad for all CLA majors/double majors (must meet study abroad eligibility requirements). 
  • CLA Student Travel Fund  - grants up to $750 may be awarded to CLA majors to help fund a study abroad program 
  • RIT Education Abroad Travel Grant - awarded to students going on RIT Global Campus, exchange or faculty-led programs.  You will be able to “opt-in” for this scholarship consideration as part of your application.
  • Honors students are eligible for a $500 travel grant to study abroad. 

For many more scholarships and fellowships for study abroad use the scholarship search tool available at

CLA Global Ambassadors 

Study Abroad Global Ambassadors are returned CLA study abroad students who can answer any questions you may have from a student perspective – feel free to reach out to them via email or social media.

Simran Singh International & Global Studies RIT Kosovo Peace & Conflict Summer Program; Semester in Madrid - Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (CIS)
Darryl Miller Psychology RIT Kosovo Peace & Conflict Summer Program
Trinity McFadden Criminal Justice Russian Sign Language & Deaf Culture (faculty-led program)


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