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Global Engagement

Programs and Partnerships

International engagement is an indispensable part of life at the University of Rochester—from our lecture halls and performance spaces to our community partnerships and outreach programs.


But we’re committed to doing more. That’s why we are:

  • Expanding international partnerships in research.
  • Increasing opportunities for our students to study and work abroad.
  • Connecting with major emerging universities from around the globe.
  • Adding study abroad opportunities in Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific.

International Partners and Agreements

Collaborations with our foreign partners and institutions are essential to the success of our global activities. The University of Rochester has developed formal partnerships in over 30 countries around the world.

Global Partnership Fund (GPF)

The GPF was established to promote research and scholarly collaboration across the globe, focusing on relationships that are scalable and sustainable and will likely lead to future research and academic outputs (e.g., joint publications, grants and other funding, co-teaching, etc.). Awards are available primarily to support University academic and research faculty to offset the costs of international research and teaching collaboration, either at Rochester or abroad.

English Language Program (ELP)

The University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement is offering a non-credit bearing English Language Program (ELP) for newly admitted or matriculated international students as well as for English speakers who have a connection to the University of Rochester (staff member or family of a staff member or student). Program modules will run for ten weeks and will cover topics ranging from general English to academic speaking and academic writing.

International Education Week (IEW)

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote international engagement at U.S. colleges and universities and will be held across the U.S. November 18-22, 2019. This year, the Office for Global Engagement has offered grants of up to $500 to students, faculty, and staff across the University to fund international programming events during the month of November. Deadline to apply for grant: September 30.

Global Photo Contest

Capture your experiences around the globe! The 2019 Global Photo Contest is administered by the Center for Education Abroad, Office for Global Engagement and the International Services Office, with support from the Rochester Review, and University Communications. There are two contests this year, the Education Abroad Photo Contest, and the International Student Photo Contest! Winners will be announced in early November and invited to attend the award reception during International Education Week, November 18th – 22nd.

Deadline: Sunday, September 29th

International Services Office (ISO)

ISO provides services and resources to international students, scholars, employees, and other visitors to the University, as well as departments that host and support them. It issues visa documents, advises on immigration matters, and helps meet U.S. reporting requirements.

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

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In 2012, Rochester joined WUN, a consortium of 23 global universities. WUN hosts interdisciplinary research groups, promotes short-term overseas research visits, and coordinates events, conferences, and virtual seminars.


Education and Study Abroad

By the time they graduate, nearly one-third of our undergraduate students have studied abroad—double the national average. Whether it’s for a few weeks, a semester, or a full year, find the international experience best for you.

Learn more about study abroad opportunities by school:

Undergraduate Admissions

photo of student with caption OSWALD CODJOE, FINANCIAL ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR The University’s international community makes our campus a vibrant, eclectic, and exciting place to study and live. We can provide information about applying, scholarships, English language exams, and more.





More than 8,000 Rochester alumni live outside the U.S. No matter where you are in the world, stay connected to your alma mater and each other.




Foreign Languages

Rochester offers programs in 18 different foreign languages, including new programs in Korean and Turkish. Housed in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, these courses are open to students, faculty, and staff from all schools and divisions within the University.



International & Area Studies

Several programs and departments have an international or cross-cultural focus, including Modern Languages and Cultures, African and African American Studies, Polish and Central European Studies, and East Asian Studies.