Why should I study abroad?
Studying abroad allows you to:
You will learn a lot about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and how you
rise to life's challenges. Studying abroad also sets you apart from the 90% of college
students who do not venture outside the United States. The skills and attitudes
acquired through studying abroad can help you stand out in your future beyond graduation.
When is the best time to study abroad?
R-MC students may study abroad as early as the spring of their sophomore year or
as late as fall of their senior year, and junior year is a popular option. What
is best for you depends on your academic and athletic commitments, and your plans
for your undergraduate years and beyond.
Am I eligible to study abroad?
To be eligible, you should have completed 2 semesters at R-MC with a GPA of 2.75
or more. You should also possess the curiosity, maturity, responsibility and persistence
necessary for being open to unfamiliar ways and for handling the inevitable ups
and downs that come with immersing yourself in a new culture.
Where can I spend a semester?
With over 200 programs in nearly 60 countries to choose from, your possible destinations
are nearly endless. In recent years, R-MC students have spent one or more semesters
in countries including Austria, Australia, Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, England,
France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and
Uganda, to name a few. You can browse study-abroad programs available on
If I study abroad, will I still be able to graduate on time?
Yes! Don't miss out on study abroad out of concern that you'll get behind, or it
won't work with your major. The Office of International Education works closely
with you and your academic advisor to make sure the classes you take abroad count
toward your R-MC major or minor or fulfill general education requirements.
Do I need to speak another language to study abroad?
No! There are programs in many countries that offer courses in all subjects taught
in English, even where English is not the country's primary language. The Office
of International Education can help you determine language requirements for the
programs that interest you.
Is study abroad affordable?
Yes, surprisingly so! Most R-MC students studying abroad pay regular tuition, room
and board to R-MC during their semster or year abroad. Financial aid you receive
at R-MC (except Federal work-study) remains applicable during this time as well.
There are additional costs associated with study abroad, including an application
fee, passport and visa charges, airfare, transportation while you're abroad, and
of course books and spending money. The Office of International Education can help
you estimate what your costs will be. Also see
Eligibility and Costs