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How to Apply

For Rochester students, applying to study abroad is a two-step process.

  1. Apply for approval from Rochester to go abroad, by beginning an application in the Education Abroad Portal.
  2. Complete applications for the specific programs in which you hope to participate.

Step 1—Request Approval

All students who intend to go abroad, whether on programs sponsored by the University, or on other institutions' programs, need to first request approval from us to go abroad. This request must be submitted no later than October 15 for spring programs (October 1 for Exchange programs), or March 15 for fall or full-year programs. 

Students can request approval by starting an application for each program in the Education Abroad Portal. 

Step 2—Program Application

Once your request is approved, you will need to submit applications to specific programs in which you hope to participate. Each program has its own requirements; sometimes these requirements differ from our requirements. In all such cases, the University requirements override the program guidelines.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary. Check with the specific program to confirm.

  • Fall semester and full-year programs: from February 15 through April 15
  • Spring semester programs: between September 15 and November 15
  • Summer programs: as early as February 1 or as late as April 1

Expect to begin preparing your application at least four to six weeks in advance of the deadline. Allow plenty of time to obtain recommendations, transcripts, medical clearance, and security reports.

Application Requirements

All applications require that you submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. In addition, you could be required to provide:

  • A personal statement and/or essay
  • A form or letter indicating the approval of your academic dean or study abroad office
  • The approval of a departmental adviser, or a confidential faculty recommendation

Application Tips

  • Pick up and submit all application materials for Rochester programs from the Center for Study Abroad.
  • Be sure to keep a photocopy of all parts of your application materials. If your essay is submitted online, keep a backup as well as a hard copy.
  • Use the Study Abroad Checklist for a handy list of steps to take when applying to study abroad.

Applying for Passports & Visas

If you are not a US citizen, anticipate visa or passport complications. Look into this as early as possible in order to avoid problems at Immigration. Visas can take anywhere from six weeks to six months to obtain, depending on your circumstances. Consult with an advisor in the International Services Office in order to ensure that you remain in status, and may re-enter the U.S. without difficulty.

This page will give you information on applying for your passport or visa.

Applying to a Non-UR program

 If you apply to a non-UR program, you are responsible for determining the program's requirements and deadlines. Send applications directly to the program sponsor. Not all study abroad programs are accredited; check with a study abroad adviser to make sure that the credits will transfer back toward your degree. You will need to obtain course approvals before leaving campus to ensure that all credits will transfer.