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COVID-19 and Study Abroad

RIT’s emergency response team is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. Unfortunately it has resulted in study abroad program disruption for RIT students worldwide. RIT is sending a small cohort of students abroad in Fall 2021. As transmissions rates abroad continue to decline and restrictions ease, we anticipate an increase in study abroad participation though some locations or programs may still be limited. Students will be required to be vaccinated and may need to take additional precautions. Applications are open for Spring 2022 and beyond!

Many programs are modifying their cancellation policies and extending deadlines in order to be more accommodating. Students who are planning on studying abroad should:

  • Have a backup plan in place in case programs are impacted 
  • Not book flights until they are sure the program is running
  • Understand what cancellation/refund policies are for the program

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Sullivan, director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships at or (585) 475-3224.

Additional information about how COVID-19 is affecting RIT study abroad

RIT has created a website about the coronavirus that is dedicated to sharing resources and providing up-to-date information about RIT policies and protocols regarding the virus. Learn more at

Study Abroad for Parents & Students

Welcome! We are very excited to be working with your RIT student as they prepare to study abroad. We recognize that this is an important decision, not only for your student but also for you.


At RIT, our top priorities are student safety and successful academic integration. We work closely with students, faculty, academic advisors, financial aid advisors, and our partners abroad to be sure our students have the most positive experience possible.

Please peruse these pages to understand more about the types of programs available to students, the application process, funding, and health and safety abroad. For more resources specifically about the practical preparations prior to travel, visit the Preparing to Go section of our website.



The Education Abroad and International Fellowships office is always available to answer questions from students and parents. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email (, by phone (585-475-4466), or in-person (RIT Global Office in Global Village).