UR vs. Non-UR
A UR-sponsored program is one with which the University has a formal affiliation. In most cases, these programs have hosted UR students for many years, and the program staff have become familiar with the academic interests, needs and strengths of UR students. UR offers more than 75 programs during the summer and the academic year.
Advantages of UR-sponsored programs:
- University of Rochester financial aid applies toward the cost of the program (semester or academic year).
- Grades earned on a UR-sponsored program will be shown on the UR transcript, although they are not calculated into the GPA.
- Grades for courses taught by University of Rochester faculty appear on the transcript and are calculated into the GPA. This includes grades from faculty-led programs and the internship portion of the Internships in Europe Program.
- Applications are available at the Center for Study Abroad, and all materials are coordinated by that office.
- Elective transfer credit is automatic upon completion of coursework with a C or better (following normal College transfer credit guidelines).
- Special scholarships through some of our affiliates such as IES and CIEE. There are many outside scholarships, such as Gilman and NSEP/Boren.
UR students are permitted to go on accredited study abroad programs offered by other US universities or institutions, but need to do a little more legwork themselves. There are more than 4,000 of these programs worldwide. UR financial aid does not apply toward non-affiliated programs.
Why students choose Non UR-sponsored programs:
- Although the minimum overall GPA for applying to UR-sponsored programs is 2.8, many programs have more stringent requirements. Students may find they have more flexibility with non UR programs.
- For some students, particularly those who do not receive any merit or need-based scholarships from UR, the overall cost of the program may be lower.
- No college or university can offer a program in every country. Allowing students to choose from the more than 4,500 options available opens every possibility.
- You may be interested in a studying a language or topic not currently offered on a UR-sponsored program.
- Some non-UR programs offer unique opportunities such as multi-country itineraries or rigorous, field-based research.
- You may wish to study directly at an institution or university with which the UR does not currently have an affiliation.