Education Abroad

Getting Started

Program Locations, Getting Credit, Finances

1. Review the Study Abroad Guide

Learn about all aspects of study abroad including academic and financial considerations, health and safety issues, the application process, and more. Drop by the study abroad office to pick up a printed copy or download the UR There: A Guide to Education Abroad [pdf].

2. Attend an information session

Get information on program applications and deadlines at a Study Abroad Information Session. Numerous sessions are available for students who are thinking about studying abroad. Attend a session before making an appointment with a study abroad counselor. See our calendar for times and locations.

3. Browse our programs

Where should you go? What should you study? Choosing a study abroad program is an important and exciting step in your journey. You can research any of our programs by browsing our Programs page. Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences students can also browse programs through the Hajim Study Abroad Programs page.

4. Learn the language

Whether required or not, learning the language of the country you’re studying in can help you navigate and embrace the local culture. The University offers classes in more than a dozen languages, ranging from beginner to advanced. Visit the foreign language page for a complete list of languages offered.

5. Stay informed

Find announcements about deadlines, news and upcoming events on our website and follow us on Facebook to stay connected during the process.

6. Meet with an adviser

Advisers are available for walk-in appointments, which are brief meetings designed to answer quick questions. They are limited to a maximum of ten minutes. Advisers meet with students on a walk-in basis according to the walk-in hours schedule.

If you have a more in-depth question, or are ready to apply, please schedule a 30-minute appointment with one of the advisers. To schedule an appointment, please call (585) 275-7532 or stop by our office.

Hajim students are required to meet with their Undergraduate Coordinator to review proposed courses before traveling abroad. This is imperative to ensure that credit will be given for each course and that you will fulfill your graduation requirements on time. Meeting with your Undergraduate Coordinator ensures that you have an academically sound schedule for success abroad. Refer to the Hajim Study Abroad homepage for more information.

7. Submit your application

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process:

  1. Apply for approval through the UR Study Abroad Portal, by starting an application to your program(s) of interest. 
  2. Complete an application for the specific program in which you hope to participate.

Deadline to apply for approval:

Learn more about applying to study abroad

8. Apply for financial aid/scholarships

There are many scholarships and loans designed specifically for study abroad. We strongly encourage you to consider applying as some are merit-based and represent an academic honor.

Learn more about financial aid and scholarships

9. Get your passport in order

Processing a passport application can take six weeks or longer. US citizens may apply for a passport at the nearest US post office, county clerk, or city clerk office. If you already have a passport check your expiration date. Your passport needs to be valid for six months after your planned date of return to the US.

More information about passports and visas

International students: information about passports and visas

10. Review transfer credit policies

Discuss your proposed courses with a study abroad adviser and the department of your major to understand how your credit will transfer back to the UR.

More information about transfer credit