Will I need to receive the COVID-19 vaccination prior to studying abroad?
All faculty, staff, students and others participating in RIT study abroad/international travel must be fully vaccinated against COVID or have a valid RIT exemption.
If you have a valid RIT exemption to the vaccination requirement please be advised that your ability to participate in RIT study abroad/international travel will be subject to any requirements imposed by a host country. RIT may be able to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with a valid RIT exemption, provided that they do not alter the nature of the educational experience for others participating in RIT study abroad/international travel, but it cannot change host country COVID requirements.
Please visit the RIT COVID-19 Vaccination Information website for more information.
Will I get a refund if my faculty-led study abroad program is canceled BEFORE I depart?
You will receive a full refund of the program fee and deposit if RIT cancels the entire travel portion of your study abroad program. Any financial aid or scholarships that have been granted for this experience may be modified or rescinded. However, we cannot refund any out of pocket expenses, such as airfare. We recommend that you wait to purchase airline tickets until you are notified to do so. We also highly recommend purchasing refundable airline tickets.
Will I get a refund if my faculty-led study abroad program is modified or canceled AFTER I depart?
RIT and our providers will do our best to refund students, but refund amounts will depend on the amount of expenses we are able to recover that haven’t been spent on your behalf. Refunds may take up to 2-3 months to post to your account.
What if I get sick while abroad?
If you are feeling ill while abroad, inform your faculty director immediately.
Students going abroad on an RIT study abroad program will be provided international health insurance from RIT’s provider On Call. On Call may provide assistance for finding local medical providers, coordination of illness/medical issues (including translation services if needed), coverage for medical care, doctor/hospital visits, and emergency evacuation due to accident, illness or safety reasons.
How will I fulfill my academic requirements if my faculty-led study abroad program is canceled BEFORE it starts?
Please reach out to your academic advisor to have a backup plan in case the program is canceled.
What happens to my coursework if my faculty-led study abroad program is canceled AFTER it already started?
You will remain enrolled in and complete the course and there will be no change to your tuition cost or financial aid. Faculty will make modifications to the remaining course activities so that you can complete the course requirements without the travel portion.
Who should I contact about how COVID-19 is affecting my faculty-led study abroad program?
Email Cecelia Hencke, Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-475-4466