International Student Information

You are Welcome Here

Our reputation and ranking as one of the world’s top universities has been acknowledged by many leading college guides, industry, and internationally respected publications. You’ll find unique academic programs focused on industry needs, applied research, and real world experiences designed to prepare you for career success.



International Students

International students live and learn in RIT’s welcoming, safe, residential campus community.


Different Countries

At RIT you’ll live and study with students from 100 countries.


Global Campuses

located in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo

Applying for Admission

You should apply as an international student if you are a citizen of a foreign country and are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The admission process, requirements, and guidelines are the same for all undergraduate students. As an international student you will also be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, and RIT will consider students at all levels of English language proficiency for admission.

You should  apply for undergraduate admission to be considered for these options:

  • Full university admission: If you meet English language proficiency standards, you will be considered for admission to the academic degree program you choose.
  • Conditional university admission: If you do not meet English language proficiency standards you will be considered for admission, and will need to complete additional courses through RIT’s English Language Center in addition to their academic degree program.  

Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirements

Test Type

Minimum Score for Full Admission

Score for Conditional Admission

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT)


78 or lower

PTE Academic


57 or lower



6.0 or lower

You can visit the Undergraduate International Student Frequently Asked Questions page for common questions about the admission process.

Graduate applicants must demonstrate English Language proficiency and requirements vary by program.

Admissions Deadlines and Requirements
Apply for Graduate Study

You should  Apply for English Language study  if you want to study English language courses only, and don’t want to apply for a degree program at this time. RIT’s English Language Center is on-campus, and students are fully integrated into life at RIT.

Experiential Learning

Gain Valuable Experience

You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through cooperative education , internships, projects, and research. Many of our international students are enrolled in STEM programs, and take advantage of the US government opportunity to extend their work experience after graduation (OPT).

  • International students have completed more than 3000 paid co-op work assignments over the past three years – 92% of those in the U.S. in 44 different states and six other countries.

  • Over the last three years, 3508 employer partners hired international students in co-op positions, and 383 companies hired RIT international student graduates from RIT from the Class of 2017.

Where Do International Students Go to Work

  • Amazon
  • American Greetings
  • Apple
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • BMW Manufacturing Co.
  • Citigroup
  • Forbes Media
  • GE Aviation
  • Godiva Chocolatier
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NASA
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Tesla, Inc.
  • The Strong National Museum of Play
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Scholarships and Costs

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An Affordable Choice

RIT has been recognized for its value and affordability, including The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Kiplinger Magazine, and Princeton Review. In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “Best Value Schools” list, RIT ranked #41 among national universities. There are many ways to help finance your RIT education, including scholarships, assistantships, and payment plans, as well as the option to work on-campus. Last year, 1904 international students received $26 million in scholarship and Financial Aid support from RIT. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

Funding Resources for International Students

Highly qualified freshman and transfer applicants are awarded partial tuition scholarships at the time of admission. To be considered, complete the application for admission.

Freshman and Transfer students may apply for need-based assistance. To apply, you must complete the College Board International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) and submit to RIT.  

Assistantship awards are made by the academic department at the time you apply for admission, are based on academic excellence, and vary by student and department. To be considered, complete the graduate application for admission.

Students who are studying full-time may apply to work part-time on campus through RIT Student Employment. RIT has more than 9,000 campus jobs available each year, and students work 10 – 20 hours per week.

Many international students gain valuable work experience, and help finance their education through cooperative education (coop) —paid work assignments with corporations and organizations around the U.S. and abroad. Coop typically begins after at least 9 months of full-time study, and allows students to spend one or more semester employed in a full-time, paid position related to their academic program. Tuition is not charged while students are employed and not attending classes, and many student use coop earnings to help finance their education.

Resources and Support

Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff will welcome you to campus and provide you with the resources and support you’ll need to succeed - from the time you apply for admission through to graduation and beyond. 

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International Student Services

International Student Services will help you to adjust to culture and life in the US, provide immigration advising and support, welcome you with a new student orientation, and plan events, trips, and activities to help you make the most of your time in the US.

Additional Resources:

Living at RIT

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RIT's safe, residential campus community is alive with energy and excitement—24/7!  More than 7,000 students live in RIT housing on campus, and we offer a wide variety of housing options to meet most needs and budgets.  

Dining options on campus are diverse, plentiful and accommodate many different ethnic, religious, and dietary requirements. Upper class and graduate students who choose to live off campus find a wide variety of options in the Rochester community.

You’ll join an active campus community, with 300 clubs and student organizations, athletic teams, recreational facilities, an fitness classes, festivals, concerts, performances, movies, and comedy nights featuring popular artists and celebrities.

Global Campuses

In addition to the campus in Rochester NY, RIT offers overseas learning opportunities at our campuses in international locations in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. Special programming options are often offered during the summer or intersession terms.

RIT Dubai

RIT Dubai was established in 2008 to provide world-class university programs in the United Arab Emirates for students and professionals from the Middle East, North America, Africa, and South East Asia. The campus is strategically located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, one of the world’s leading centers of advanced electronic innovation and design. RIT Dubai offers 10 undergraduate and six graduate programs.

RIT Croatia (Dubrovnik)

RIT Croatia features campuses in both the small coastal city of Dubrovnik as well as the capital city of Zagreb. The Dubrovnik campus is located just a few steps from the main entrance to Old Town, a historic section of Dubrovnik. Undergraduate programs in web and mobile computing and international hospitality and service management, as well as several minors and immersions, are offered.

RIT Croatia (Zagreb)

Zagreb is a bustling Central European-style city with classic and modern architecture, winding cobblestone streets, and old city neighborhoods. The Zagreb campus of RIT Croatia is located in Bundek Center, a brand new facility that includes apartment housing, restaurants, a fitness center, and coffee shops. Undergraduate programs in web and mobile computing and international hospitality and service management, as well as several minors and immersions, are offered.

RIT Kosovo (Pristina)

RIT Kosovo offers a dynamic educational environment with a range of course offerings: liberal arts, information sciences, media, entrepreneurship, and management. RIT Kosovo, located just outside of downtown Pristina, near the beautiful Germia National Park, attracts students from more than 20 different countries.

RIT China (Weihai)

RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) School of Economics and Management began its strategic international partnership in 2012. As the inaugural international partner at the Weihai campus, RIT and BJTU offer a joint Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems.

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International Admissions Team

Katherine Beczak
Associate Director, International Enrollment
Paul Keller
Director, International Enrollment
Mark Muenzer
Senior Associate Director
Frank Thomas Rechichi
Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions
David Wivell
Associate Director, International Enrollment