Experiential Learning


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One of the defining characters of RIT is our career-focused approach to education. Student are required to participate in cooperative education, or co-op, in which they spend time working with a professional organization in their field so that they may gain valuable real-world experience before they graduate. Golisano College students are often recruited to work full-time at the same companies where they complete their co-ops, and through our industry partnerships you will gain incredible insight into your chosen field. Learn more at the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.

Student Research

Student doing augmented reality research

The Golisano College pursues a broad and robust agenda of research and scholarly activities that advance the fields of computing and information sciences while enhancing student education. Faculty and students at the Golisano College participate in a vast array of computing research fields ranging from cybersecurity to human-computer interaction and health IT. Our state-of-the-art facilities, world-class faculty, and industry partnerships have made the Golisano College a hotbed for innovation in recent years. Learn more about key research areas and opportunities in the college's Research section.

Study Abroad

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To prepare you for success in today’s global society, RIT offers study abroad opportunities that give you insight into innovative computing and technology solutions being developed around the world. You’ll further develop your problem-solving skills and increase your cultural competence which will set you apart in a globalized work environment. Options include programs led by Golisano College faculty, at RIT’s global campuses in Croatia, Dubai or Kosovo, or with one of RIT’s affiliate partners.

RIT computing majors who recently studied abroad:

·        Visited Japanese gaming studios and participated in a game jam with local students.
·        Developed mobile design projects and user interfaces in Croatia.

·        Designed and built an interactive web application programming interface while in Australia.

·        Created a fictional world based on Portugal’s history, culture, and urban spaces.

·        Enhanced Japanese language skills over the summer at RIT’s exchange partner Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

RIT has more than 600 study abroad programs in 60 countries for as short as one week to as long as a full year. Programs offer a variety of locations, course offerings, and costs. Start exploring programs in the study abroad Compass.

More about study abroad for Golisano College students.

International Experiences

RIT students in Rwanda

Additional international opportunities are available for RIT students to do a co-op abroad, apply for international fellowships to study, do research or teach English, or work directly with RIT faculty to tackle real-world global programs through an international research experience. RIT students have worked at refugee camps in Jordan and Rwanda using geographic information systems to map resources, in partnership with universities in Germany, China, and India, and on National Science Foundation-sponsored projects.


Students studying at a table

RIT students don’t wait until they graduate to make their visions a reality – just ask the creators of Token, a biometric, encrypted, wearable device that offers a combination of convenience and security, via its unique two-factor authentication. Token recently received $1.75 million from New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund following support from RIT’s Venture Creation Business Incubator. RIT students have also published game to the Xbox and PlayStation platforms—while in school—and launched companies right after graduating.

Apps and Games by our Community

Explore apps and games developed by Golisano College students, faculty and alumni!

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