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Education Abroad

Global experiences are an increasingly important component of a student's educational experience. RIT students have the opportunity to study abroad through five types of programs, including direct enrollment in one of RIT's international campuses or participating in an international co-op.

It is important for you to talk with your student very early about the possibility of learning abroad. Students must carefully plan their schedules in advance to fit learning abroad into a busy course schedule and co-op requirements. There are opportunities for students to complete required coursework or a co-op abroad, as long as they plan early.

You and your student can learn more about international opportunities at RIT through the Office of International Education and Global Programs. On this page, you will not only find information about types of programs and preparations for a global experience, but also a Parent's Guide to Study Abroad.

Types of study abroad programs

Gateways: Students are culturally immersed in an overseas partner school; Gateway Programs tend to be academic specific.

Global Campus: Student can enroll directly in one of RIT's international campuses located in: Dubrovnik and Zagreb, Croatia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Pristina, Kosovo.

Faculty-Led: Developed and led by RIT faculty members; the location, duration, and course offerings vary by the expertise of the faculty member. 

Affiliate Programs: Students can join an established study abroad program through one of RIT's partner institutions, earning RIT credit through the partner program.

International Co-op: Allows students to complete co-op requirements in an international professional organization, adding a global dimension to their co-op experience.