Parents & Families

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to Randolph-Macon’s Office of International Education! Our mission is to encourage students to explore and embrace a complicated world, at home and abroad.

Our website provides the most up-to-date information about J-term study/travel classes taught by R-MC faculty each January, studying abroad for a semester or year, information for international students, and some of the intercultural opportunities right here on campus.

There are many compelling reasons to study abroad. Students with international experience gain independence, confidence, and adaptability; a broader perspective on the world; and tend to earn a higher gpa after their return. Language learners can immerse themselves in the language and culture in a way simply not possible in the United States. And in our increasingly interconnected world, students with study abroad experiences stand out to potential employers and graduate schools, and are valued for their intercultural skills and preparedness for the world when they graduate. 

For J-term study/travel you will find the most up-to-date list of travel/study classes as well as information about registration and payment, need-based scholarships, the mandatory insurance plan, and the Student Handbook that is provided to students during pre-departure orientation.

For semester or year-long study abroad you may wish to start with answers to some frequently asked questions. You will also find information about programs (well over 100 of them!), eligibility and costs, the application process, and a list of scholarships (R-MC funded and others). 

Our Resources for Travelers help students and their loved ones get informed and prepared for international adventures. You may also be interested in downloading the book A Parent Guide to Study Abroad, available in English or Spanish, at no cost, from the Institute of International Education.

We hope you will encourage your students to take advantage of the myriad international opportunities available through R-MC as they chart their course to the future. 

Sincerely, 

The R-MC Office of International Education