Why should I study abroad?
Studying abroad allows you to:
YOu will learn a lot about yourself, about your strengths and weaknesses, and about 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 the spring of their sophomore year or as late as the 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 successfully completed 2 semesters at R-MC with a GPA of at least 2.75. 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 well over 50 countries and almost 200 programs 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, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and Uganda, to name a few. You can browse study-abroad programs available on Studio Abroad.
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 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.