RIT Education Abroad offers 5 different types of programs:
- Global Campus Programs allow students to directly enroll in one of RIT’s international campuses located in Dubrovnik & Zagreb, Croatia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Pristina, Kosovo; Beijing & Weihei, China. View RIT study abroad programs.
- Faculty-Led Programs are designed and developed by RIT faculty members, who lead a group of students on a short-term program abroad. Programs vary in length (between one to five weeks) and may take place over intersession, spring break or summer. View RIT study abroad programs.
- Exchanges are culturally immersive programs that allow a student to directly enroll in a local university and are usually major specific. View RIT study abroad programs.
- Affiliate Programs are facilitated by partner universities and organizations to enhance the variety of locations and course offerings available to students. Visit The Compass to search and apply for Affiliate and RIT Study Abroad programs.
- Each affiliate provider has unique pros/cons and it’s up to you and your study abroad advisor to determine the best provider that will meet your needs. To help you make a decision, it is best to compare providers and consider things like application process, fees, program costs, level of customer support, etc.
- International Research opportunities allow students to conduct research abroad at one of RIT's approved overseas partners with the guidance of an RIT faculty member.
International Co-op allows students to complete their cooperative education experience internationally adding a valuable global dimension to their resume. For more information about co-op opportunities abroad, students should work with the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services.
Independent Study Abroad may be an option if you have not found an appropriate RIT Global or partner program and have found an opportunity not affiliated with RIT. Students studying abroad independently should be aware that they may need to take a leave of absence from RIT, will be ineligible for RIT aid, and will not be billed or registered with RIT. This may affect health insurance and any third party scholarships which require you to prove full time enrollment. Students choosing to study abroad independently should follow the process outlined on the Independent Study Abroad checklist and also complete a course pre-approval form. It is recommended that you meet with a study abroad advisor to go over the independent study abroad process.