Why Should I Study Abroad?

  • Expand your horizons, learn about yourself and the world! Exploring your host country and its culture firsthand, you will gain new perspectives on your own. You'll gain independence, confidence, and adaptability.
  • Experience living a different lifestyle, more deeply than you can as a tourist.
  • Develop skills that are increasingly important to employers in the 21st century, such as problem solving, flexibility, navigating unfamiliar territory, and learning to communicate across cultures.
  • In many cases, improve language skills in the best possible setting.

By studying abroad, 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 US college students who do not venture outside the United States. The skills and attitudes acquired through international experiences help you stand out in all your future endeavors beyond graduation.

When is the best time to study abroad?

R-MC students study abroad as early as spring of their sophomore year or as late as fall of senior year. What is best for you depends on your academic and athletic commitments, and your plans for your undergraduate years and beyond. Students can participate in J-term study/travel courses at any time, including freshman year. 

Students often become increasingly involved during their college years, whether it's in leaderships roles in campus organizations, athletics, research, internships, or employment. We encourage you to consider studying abroad early and often, so that you are not forced to choose between the many amazing opportunities available to you at R-MC. A J-term study abroad course in your first year or a semester abroad as a sophomore may provider greater insight and confidence in setting future goals, and can be an important stepping stone toward the internships that are available to juniors and seniors. 

Am I eligible for semester abroad?

To be eligible, students must have completed 2 semesters with a GPA of 2.75 or more. You should also possess the curiosity, maturity, responsibility, and persistence necessary in order to be open to unfamiliar ways and handle the inevitable ups and downs that come with immersing yourself in a new culture.

Where can I spend a semester?

With well over 100 programs in more than 50 countries to choose from, your potential destinations are nearly endless. In recent years, R-MC students have studied abroad in places including Argentina, Austria, Australia, Botswana, Chile, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and more. Learn about available study-abroad programs on our Studio Abroad website.

If I spend a semester abroad, will I still graduate on time?

Yes! Don't miss out on study abroad because 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 advisors to make sure the classes you take abroad count toward your R-MC major or minor and/or fulfill general education requirements. Starting to plan early makes it easier to stay on track. 

Do I need to speak another language to study abroad?

No! There are programs in many, many countries that offer courses taught in English in all kinds of subjects, even where English is not the country's primary language. Some may surprise you, such as Japan & Korea, Thailand, Finland & Sweden, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy and more. 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 tuition, room and board to R-MC during their semester abroad, which covers their tuition, housing and meals at their host institution abroad. Financial aid you receive at R-MC (with the exception of 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 expenses, airfare, transportation while you're abroad, and of course books and spending money. The Office of International Education can help you estimate those costs. Also see Eligibility and Costs.