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Education Abroad

Study abroad programs provide qualified students a summer, a semester, or a year of overseas study experience. Currently, more than 70 different Rochester-sponsored opportunities are available in 40 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 Education Abroad in 2-161 Dewey Hall.

Faculty-led, on-location programs are currently offered in Bermuda, Ecuador, Haiti, Italy, France, Germany, Malawi, Poland, Russia, Spain, 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 Procida; German in Berlin; French in Rennes (Rochester’s sister city in Brittany); Russian in St. Petersburg; and Spanish in Granada, Spain or in Quito, Ecuador. Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Other summer options include French sign language and culture, an archaeological digs in Bermuda, Italy, and Ghana, and a Malawi immersion program.

Exchange programs permit Rochester students to “trade places” with their counterparts from overseas universities. Current options are in Australia, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Poland, Peru, Singapore and Sweden.

The Australian National University—in Canberra offers courses in many disciplines, including science and engineering.

A top Australian university, University of Western Australia offers degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. This exchange program is available for one or two semesters of study.

At the University of Sydney, students may enroll in courses in most academic disciplines, and have the option to take part in an internship.

Audio Music Engineering students can spend a semester at Birmingham City University in their junior year.

University of Bristol—in England offers students in most disciplines the opportunity to spend a semester or academic year in this historic city.

University of Sussex, Sussex, England—a semester or one-year exchange for students in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Located in Brighton, one hour south of London.

University of York, England—a semester or one year exchange for students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and computer science.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong—is especially appropriate for engineering and social science students. Courses are offered in English.

At the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology—engineering majors take engineering, humanities and social science courses in English.

Students in any major can study in English at Korea’s leading research university, Seoul National University.

Take courses in English at The University of Macau. Enjoy the modern campus while taking courses in all disciplines (humanities, social sciences, STEM).

At Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, courses in all academic disciplines, including science and engineering, are offered in English.

Meiji-Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan—a semester or yearlong program in Japanese language and culture. Prerequisite - two semesters of Japanese language.

Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland—study the social sciences and humanities in English for a semester or year. Sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru—offers students with four or more semesters of Spanish the opportunity to take regular PUCP classes, in Spanish, with their Peruvian peers.

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, computer science, and natural sciences.

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

In addition to exchanges, universities in Israel accept visiting Rochester students in special English-language programs. The Ginsburg-Ingerman 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 premedical studies, environmental and desert studies, health and social welfare, Israeli studies, and internships. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School, 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. Engineering students may take courses in English at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology during the spring semester.

The Internships in Europe 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 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 multinational 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 Advanced Studies in England, the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Through IES, the University of Rochester provides semester and academic year programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom. CIEE semester or year programs are in Botswana, China, Czech Republic, France, Ghana, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Taiwan, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates. 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. The University of Rochester is also affiliated with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen and Stockholm, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and the College Year in Athens (CYA) program, which offers courses in the social sciences and humanities focusing on ancient and modern Greece. Computer science majors can spend a semester on the AIT Budapest Programs.

Study abroad is open to all majors, and new programs are under development. The Center for Education Abroad’s advising staff works closely with students to enable them to find the program best suited to their academic interests. General information meetings are held on a regular basis. Visit our website at for more information.

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