International Students

Welcome International Students

Reach your potential at Saunders College. We give you highly ranked graduate business programs for in-demand careers, with F-1 STEM OPT qualified programs that allow you to work up to three years in the USA. At our internationally diverse campus, you will get dedicated advisors and international student services.

Amelia: MBA in Entrepreneurship
Austin: MBA, Management Information Systems
Bradshaw: MBA, Management and Leadership
Cyrille: MBA, Business Administration and Project Management
Divya: MBA, Finance MS, Business Analytics
Emily: MBA, Management and Leadership
Kadiatou: MBA, Finance
Robert: MS, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Located in New York State, RIT is geographically located in close proximity to the world's largest cities and corporations. A beautiful campus setting in Rochester, New York offers a friendly, vibrant, international community, a very safe environment, and the fullest of all four seasons throughout the year.

As one of nine colleges at RIT, Saunders College of Business delivers greatness through difference as reflected in our wealth of diversity. At RIT, you’ll live and study with more than 2,400 international students from over 100 countries. In addition, more than 2,000 students of color have elected to study at RIT, embodying our commitment to diversity. You will experience firsthand why our international reputation continues to expand through increased rankings and recognitions around the world, while international RIT campuses in Dubai, Croatia, Kosovo, and China underscore our commitment to delivering a global experience

F-1 STEM OPT qualified programs

International (F-1) students receiving a STEM designated graduate degree may apply for a 24-month F1 STEM OPT work extension. This extension follows the one-year OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

These Master of Science (MS) programs deliver specialized business skills for high-demand careers and are F1 STEM OPT qualified to allow international students to work up to 24-months after graduation.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Create your brand to achieve success
Access courses from across all of the RIT colleges to create your own concentration or choose electives. STEM-designated to deliver a technology-focused degree with the flexibility to choose specializations across all nine RIT Colleges.

MS of Accounting and Analytics
360 degrees of business success
The one degree that opens the door to succeed in any business.

MS of Business Analytics
Generate insight and boost profit

Master data analytics to manage data and drive business results.

MS of Computational Finance
The rocket scientists of wall street
Technology, math and business join forces in an exciting degree.

MS of Finance
Deliver financial confidence and inspire success
Applied, real-world experience to manage assets and investments.

MS of Global Supply Chain Management
Become an engineer of business in the global supply chain system
Gain a competitive edge in a high-demand market.

MS of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
The next generation of makers and doers
Identifying today's problems to deliver tomorrow's solutions.

Visit our full list of in-demand graduate programs.


  • 95% outcomes rate as recognized by the world's top employers
  • A truly global experience with nearly 2,000 international students at RIT coming from over 100 countries
  • Access to many resources at one of the largest private universities in the nation with nine colleges, plus global campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo
  • One of the oldest and largest co-op programs with over 4,500 students placed at more than 3,400 employers every year
  • More than $19 million in financial support to approximately 2,200 graduate students
  • A small college experience where faculty get to know you and your career goals
  • Nearly 25,000 Saunders and nearly 130,000 RIT alumni globally

International Support Services

As an international student you get a wealth of resources. With over 200 student clubs to choose from you will be sure to find activities that meet your interests. And offices including International Student Services, Study Abroad, International Scholarships and Fellowships, and English Language Center give you the support and confidence to succeed at RIT.

We Are Here To Help You

Your decision to study abroad is a major commitment and investment. We are here to help. When in doubt, please inquire today or contact us so we can answer your questions, and help you find your way to deciding your best path forward in selecting a college and ultimately your career.