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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 and applications are open for Spring 2022 and beyond. 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. All study abroad locations will need to be approved by the RIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In order to be eligible to study abroad, all students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid RIT exemption. Students should visit the RIT COVID-19 Vaccination Information website to do one of the following:

  • Learn how to upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status
  • Learn how to request an exemption from the vaccine
  • Find resources to schedule vaccination appointments locally

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

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).