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Financing Study Abroad

The cost for study abroad varies depending on the overseas program selected. Typically study abroad fees include tuition, a program fee (which may include room and board, visa fees, travel excursions, etc.) and estimated out-of-pocket expenses such as airfare, spending money, etc.  Once your student has applied and been accepted to a program, they will be responsible for paying the required de­posit (amount varies for every program) directly to the program provider. For affiliate programs, the affiliate school bills RIT for the cost of the program (tuition, program fee and affiliate administration fee), minus the deposit paid, and RIT will bill the student’s RIT account directly. Payment is made to RIT just as if the student was taking classes on campus, only the amount will be based on the affiliate charges, not RIT tuition. RIT, in turn, pays the affiliate. Faculty led and Global Campus participants usually pay RIT tuition and may have other applicable fees which are all paid directly through the normal Student Financial Services account.

When students meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss the program they plan to attend, RIT Global will provide him/her with a Budget Worksheet for that program. The worksheet will outline all charges such as tuition costs, room and board costs and estimated out-of-pocket ex­penses.

In most cases, financial aid can be used to help fund a student’s study abroad experience, as long as the student will be taking a full-time credit load. The student will want to make an appointment with his/her financial aid advisor once they receive the budget worksheet. Their financial aid advisor can then determine how much financial aid and/or scholarship can be awarded for the study abroad program.

RIT Global also has a list of third party scholarships and resources available for students to assist with the cost of study abroad. This list can be found at

Keep in mind, in addition to tuition and program fees, there may be additional expenses to study abroad. We provide an estimate on the budget worksheets, but you and your student may want to do additional research on items such as flight costs, travel costs within the country, travel costs to other areas they would like to visit while abroad, and the daily living expenses in individual countries, as they will vary greatly.

It is a good idea for students to start planning for study abroad early so that they can begin to con­sider and plan for the cost of study abroad. The earlier they make the decision to go abroad, the earlier they can start saving money and apply for scholarships.


Welcome! We are very excited to be working with your RIT student as he/she considers and prepares to study abroad. The RIT Global staff realizes that this is an important decision not only for your student but for parents as well. Supporting your son or daughter’s decision to study abroad and watching them embark on this adventure is exciting, but it can also be daunting.

At RIT, our top priority is the safety and success of our students. We work closely with the students and all contacts abroad to be sure they are having the most positive experience possible while abroad.

As a parent you may have many questions or concerns about sending your student abroad.  Our Parent's Guide provides a lot of useful information regarding program options, health & safety, finances, travel tips and our office contact information all in one downloadable document.  We recommend printing a copy for your records

Our staff is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to call us anytime at (585) 475-4466 or email us at

Student Application Process

There are four types of programs offered by RIT Global: Gateways, Global Campus, faculty-led programs or affiliated. For detailed descriptions of these programs please visit the programs page. Gateway programs are RIT customized programs that are usually major specific.Global Campus programs take place at RIT’s international campuses located in Dubrovnik & Zagreb (Croatia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Pristina (Kosovo). Faculty-led programs are completely designed and developed by an RIT faculty member, who leads a group of students on a program abroad. The location, duration and course offerings of the program depend on the interest and expertise of the faculty member. Affiliated programs are through RIT's partnerships with other universities and organizations to enhance the variety of locations and course offerings available to our students.

Due to the variety of program types available, the study abroad application will vary. In general each student is required to register and apply on our study abroad database, the Compass. Students par­ticipating in an affiliate program may be required to complete a second, affiliate specific, appli­cation. In addition, most students must: allow us to check their student conduct record, make an appointment with their academic advisors to pre-approve overseas classes and make an appoint­ment with financial aid to understand their financial aid options for the program. A study abroad advisor will walk each student individually through each of these steps which are detailed below:

  1. Check out our website or the Compass for available programs.
  2. Register on the Compass, the Study Abroad database system. This will add you to our e-mail listserv, allow you to complete important paperwork, and keep the office informed of your plans.
  3. Make an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor to understand the study abroad application process and obtain the necessary forms such as the Course Pre-Approval form and a Budget Worksheet for your program. To make and appointment, email or call (585) 475 - 4466.
  4. Set up an appointment with your academic advisor, print course descriptions for all courses you would like to take abroad including a few extra as alternates. Take the course descriptions along with the Course Pre-Approval form (given by the Study Abroad Advisors) with you to the meeting to discuss how they will count toward your degree.
  5. Submit an RIT application to the program you wish to attend through The Compass.
  6. If necessary, complete your program specific application through the affiliate provider.
  7. Make an appointment with your Financial Aid Advisor to review the Budget Worksheet and determine how much of your financial aid or scholarship can be used abroad. (In order to use financial aid, a student must take a full-time course load while abroad).
  8. Drop off a copy of your acceptance letter and other required forms to RIT Global.
  9. Attend the mandatory Pre-Departure meeting to learn about health and safety abroad, culture shock and other travel tips to prepare you for your journey.
  10. Go Abroad!
  11. When you Return, attend the mandatory Global Engagement Seminar to reflect on your experience and learn how to incorporate your experience into your future career and job search.
  12. Three to four months after you return, make sure that your overseas transcripts have arrived and that your grades have been processed by RIT Global.

In addition, the Essential Study Abroad Questions provides succinct answers to questions about choosing a program, academic credit, billing, financial aid and more.