Experiential Learning

Co-op

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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

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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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From Dubrovnik to Dubai, RIT’s study abroad programs and international campuses unlock a world of opportunity for our students. RIT operates in five countries abroad and through our partnerships with other universities offers more than 600 programs in more than 60 countries worldwide. Our study abroad programs help our students gain valuable, unforgettable cross-cultural experiences while further preparing them for success in an increasingly globalized economy. Explore study opportunities across the world at RIT Global's Study Abroad Office.

International Experiences

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At RIT, you will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on real-world problems at home and abroad. Our students have worked at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan – home to nearly 80,000 refugees of the Syrian war – using geographic information systems to map resources, and in partnership with universities in Germany, China, and India on National Science Foundation-sponsored projects that tackle subject ranging from game design and development to smart cities. Learn more about RIT Global Programs. 

Entrepreneurship

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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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