Study/Work Abroad

RIT Study Abroad in Italy

RIT Internships & Co-ops in Italy


Consider an internship in Genova, a lively port town on the Italian Riviera in northern Italy. Many attractions such as The Cinque Terre are close by, and major cities such as Florence, Milan, and Turin are only a few hours away.  Genova is a city where you can fully immerse yourself in the true Italian life.

Note: this is an annual program that runs every summer. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Elisabetta Sanino D'Amanda, or Click here for more information.

The Ruth M. & Brackett H. Clark Internship and Co-op Scholarship.

The College of Liberal Arts Student Travel Fund

The College of Liberal Arts Student Research Fund

RIT Kyoto Summer Study Abroad Program

The RIT-Kyoto Summer Study Abroad Program is a five-week program that provides intensive language and culture training to RIT students. The program is conducted in collaboration with Doshisha University in Kyoto. The students in this program study on the campus of Doshisha University, use the university facilities (classrooms, accommodations, cafeterias, etc.), and live in the university dormitory where RIT faculty members live as well.

In the summer 2016, the program will offer a culture course and two levels of language courses, Intermediate Japanese I (Prerequisite: Beginning Japanese II by the end of spring semester 2016) or Beginning Japanese I (for novice learners: some preparation prior to departure). The culture course is a blended course, which consists of lectures and experiential learning. Lectures on traditional arts of the tea ceremony and flower arrangement will be taught by a faculty member at Doshsha University. The program also includes a long three-day trip to Tokyo and day trips to Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. During the program, each student will have a conversation partner, who is a native speaker of Japanese at Doshisha University, and will participate in club activities such as sports and music. The students will also have an opportunity for a one-week home-stay so that they can engage in communicating with their host families exclusively in Japanese, experiencing real life in Japan and learning the culture through such activities as shopping, dining and sightseeing with them. In addition, special opportunities to foster cross-cultural awareness, such as class visits and cultural presentations, may become available to the students.

  • Number of RIT credits: 6 (one language course and the culture course)
  • Required prerequisites:
    • For Intermediate Japanese I students, they must finish Beginning Japanese II by the end of Spring Semester 2015-16
  • Required minimum class standing or GPA:
    • For Intermediate Japanese I students: very good standing in Beginning I and II (B avg.)
    • For Beginning Japanese I students: GPA 2.5 or higher

Both language course and culture course will count towards the Japanese minor and immersion of Spring

Spanish in the Dominican Republic

Santiago, Dominican Republic

Spend Spring Break in the Caribbean improving your Spanish and learning about health care communication and professions in the Dominican Republic. We will be based at one of the most prestigious universities in the Dominican Republic: PUCMM in Santiago de los Caballeros.

You will get an introduction to Dominican culture; take excursions to learn about the city, the university, its RIT connections, the medical school and its facilities.

You will interact with Dominican students and visit the capital, Santo Domingo, and the beach.

This program is open to students in the Spring 2015 course: Spanish for Health Care (Special Topics in Spanish) COLA- MLSP-449.

Language prerequisite: currently taking MLSP202 or have the equivalent language proficiency of second semester college Spanish.

GPA requirement: 2.85 or higher. Program fee applies.

Terms: Spring / Spring Break

COLA Student Travel Funding Opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts Student Travel Fund supports student travel to present original papers at conferences, up to a maximum of $500. To apply for funding for travel to present a paper at a professional conference, the student must submit a proposal to the associate dean. Click here for details.

The College of Liberal Arts Student Research Fund supports research by students enrolled in CLA degree programs. Projects may include, but are not limited to, Master’s theses, senior projects, senior theses, or independent studies conducted in any CLA department. To apply for funding for a Small Grant for Independent Student Research, the student must submit a proposal to the associate dean. Funded projects must have a faculty sponsor who is a member of the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts. If the faculty sponsor is not from the College of Liberal Arts, the student’s department chair must approve the faculty sponsor participation. Click here for more information on the application process.

The Ruth M. & Brackett H. Clark Scholarship

The Clark Scholarship supports internships and co-ops for students enrolled in the degree programs of the College of Liberal Arts. It is intended to assist students who wish to accept professionally valuable internships and co-ops that do not include sufficient levels of support. Awards are based on academic merit or financial need, and though the Scholarship is available to both men and women, preference is given to women enrolled in the programs of the College.  Click here for more information.