Eligibility and Costs

Guiding Principles for the Semester Abroad Program at R-MC

The Office of International Education strives to provide every interested and qualified student with the opportunity to study abroad. In order to provide these opportunities for the greatest number of students, the following criteria apply:

  • Students must be in good standing with R-MC in every respect and demonstrate academic readiness for the challenges of studying abroad by maintaining a 2.75 GPA. They should also possess the curiosity, maturity, responsibility, and persistence to be open to unfamiliar ways and to handle the ups and downs that are an inevitable part of immersion in a new culture.
  • Qualified students may participate in an exchange program through ISEP (international Student Exchange Programs) or through an agreement between RMC and another university, such as Kansai Gaidai in Japan. In an ISEP exchange, students pay tuition, room and board to R-MC (all financial aid except federal work-study applies) and receive tuition, housing and meals at their host institution at no additional cost. Students are responsible for paying the study abroad application fee, airfare and other costs (see below, What Costs Are Not Covered?).
  • Qualified students may also participate in direct (non-exchange) programs through ISEP, USAC, or other approved providers. Arrangements in direct programs vary and may include tuition only; tuition and housing; or tuition, housing and meals. In all cases, students pay tuition to R-MC. R-MC will pay up to $10,000 toward the cost of a one-semester direct program. In some cases this covers the entire cost of the study abroad program; in other cases it will not, and students will be billed a surcharge for the amount over $10,000 (payable to R-MC). 
  • If a direct program includes tuition only, the student will only be billed by R-MC for tuition in the semester they are abroad, and the student will be responsible for paying for their own housing & meals on site. If a direct program includes tuition and housing, students will be billed for R-MC tuition and housing, and will pay for their own meals while abroad. Other direct programs include tuition, housing & meals; in that case students are billed for R-MC tuition, room & board.  
  • The Study Abroad Advisor can provide additional information about surcharges and anticipated expenses for each program. In addition, each student who studies abroad fills out a Cost of Attendance Worksheet that helps clarify costs and payments. 
  • Students with genuine financial need (as determined by FAFSA) may apply to OIE for need-based study abroad travel grants, which to the extent possible support students who would otherwise not be able to study abroad. Students are also encouraged to explore the many other sources of funding available.

What Costs Are Not Covered?

The following costs associated with semester abroad programs are not covered by tuition, room and board fees paid to Randolph-Macon. The details of non-exchange programs vary widely; the OIE can help you understand and anticipate these costs.

  • Study Abroad Application Fee: $350 non-refundable fee paid to R-MC at the time of nomination. There may be an additional application fee paid to the provider (not more than $100). 
  • Passport and Visa: ALL students must have a valid passport, and student visas are required for many countries (cost varies).
  • International health insurance: This is required for all students studying abroad; the cost is included in some direct programs.
  • Transportation: Airfare to and from your destination and transportation within your host country (don't forget to count on some travel while you're there!)
  • Housing deposits and other expenses specific to host institutions: Not required by all programs, but if paid, deposits are typically refunded after you complete the term. Programs may charge fees (such as Lancaster University's nominal "college fee"), charge for trips or lab courses, or other additional amounts. The OIE will assist you in identifying these costs for your program.
  • Other expenses: Books and other course-related expenses, and of course living expenses (laundry, toiletries, phone, etc.).