Study Abroad

Study Abroad Programs provide qualified students a summer, a semester, or a year of foreign study experience. Currently, more than 70 different Rochester-sponsored opportunities are available in 29 countries. Students are also welcome to take part in programs offered by other American colleges and universities. Options include “on-location” courses taught by Rochester faculty overseas, university exchanges, internships, and traditional study abroad programs. For more information, contact the Center for Study Abroad in 206 Lattimore Hall.

On-location programs are in Ecuador, Egypt, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and England:

Rochester in Arezzo, Italy—a fall-semester program in Italian language, literature, art, and culture. Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

London Theater Seminar—a “winter term” course offered in London and Stratford in late December to early January. Sponsored by the Department of English.

Month-long summer language courses include Italian in Padua; German in Berlin; French in Rennes (Rochester’s sister city in Brittany); Russian in St. Petersburg; and Spanish in Quito, Ecuador. Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Other summer options include French sign language and culture, an archaeological dig in Italy, Literary Egypt, and a Malawi immersion program.

Exchange programs permit Rochester students to “trade places” with their counterparts from overseas universities. Current options are in England, Germany, Israel, Japan, and Sweden:

Sussex University, Sussex, England—a semester or one-year exchange for sophomore or junior brain and cognitive sciences majors. Located in Brighton, one hour south of London.

University of Cologne, Germany—sponsored by the German section of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. A full-year program for juniors or seniors to take courses and to teach English. This unique fellowship program also provides a stipend.

ORT-Braude College, Karmiel, Israel—a spring semester program for sophomore and junior engineering and computer science majors. Located in the Galilee, in the north of Israel. Sponsored by the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Meiji-Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan—a semester or yearlong program in Japanese language and culture. Sponsored by the Japanese section of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden—a semester or year at one of Europe’s oldest universities, located 45 minutes from Stockholm. English-language courses in the humanities, social sciences, engineering, and natural sciences.

In addition to these exchanges, universities in Egypt, Israel, and Poland accept visiting Rochester students in special English-language programs. The American University in Cairo, Egypt, offers a semester or a full year at this four-year liberal arts college. AUC is noted for its coursework in Arabic language, Islamic art and architecture, Egyptology, and Middle Eastern history, society, and politics. The overseas program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel, offers full-year and semester study. The program begins with an intensive Hebrew-language course (Ulpan), and classes taught in English include such unique options as pre-medical studies, environmental and desert studies, health and social welfare, Israeli studies, and internships. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, students attend courses taught in English in history, politics, religion, Judaic studies, economics, and Middle Eastern languages and literatures. Those proficient in Hebrew may enroll in regularly scheduled Hebrew University courses. In Poland, at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, courses include Polish language, history, Judaic studies, literature, political science, immigration, economics, and sociology. The Jagiellonian University program is sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.

Internship programs are located in England, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, and Spain and are open to students majoring in a wide variety of fields. Students take coursework paired with a related internship. Semester programs are offered in all locations, and eight-week summer internships (without coursework) are available in all sites except Spain.

London—The British Politics Internship program places students as interns with Members of the House of Commons or in the Scottish Parliament, pressure groups, party headquarters, or constituency offices, where they carry out research, write speeches and press releases, and experience the workings of the British political system at close hand. Internships in law offices and other private or governmental agencies, and public policy institutes are also offered. Business internships are available in advertising, banking, finance, marketing, and media. Arts placements include institutions such as theaters, museums, galleries, and performing arts centers. Students participate in daily operations, including mounting exhibitions, helping to plan projects, and carrying out research. The Health Science/Medical Research Internship offers students the opportunity to work as interns either in a research laboratory in one of London’s teaching hospitals, in a psychiatric treatment program, or in health care administration in a broad range of facilities.

In Berlin, politics interns work with Members of the Bundestag and political offices. In Bonn, placements are made in business, law, the arts, museums, and social service agencies. Brussels interns work with Members of the European Parliament. Depending on language proficiency, placements are made with MEPs from any of the European Union member nations. Business placements with multi-national corporations are also available. In Madrid, students are placed with political offices, businesses, and museums.

Rochester belongs to several consortia that provide access to programs through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and Advanced Studies in England (ASE). Through IES, the University of Rochester provides semester and academic year programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom. CIEE semester or year programs are in China, Czech Republic, France, Ghana, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Senegal. Rochester is also a member of the Advanced Studies in England consortium, a semester or yearlong program focusing on British Studies in Bath, Oxford, and Stratford.

Study abroad is open to all majors, and new programs are currently under development. The Center for Study Abroad’s advising staff works closely with students to enable them to find the program best suited to their academic interests.

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