How to Apply
For UR students, applying to study abroad is a two-step process.
- Submit a Study Abroad Proposal.
- Complete applications for the specific programs in which you hope to participate.
Step 1—Study Abroad Proposal
The Proposal for Study Abroad is a formal declaration to that you are considering study abroad for the upcoming semester, not a commitment to study abroad or application to a particular program. It must be submitted electronically by all students planning to study abroad during the academic year.
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- Spring Programs: September 15
- Fall/Full-year Programs: February 15
Once submitted, your Study Abroad Proposal will be evaluated and approved to ensure that you have established yourself academically prior to studying overseas.
Note: If you are applying for a summer study abroad program, you do not need to submit a proposal.
Step 2—Program Application
Once your proposal 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 those of the UR. In all such cases, the UR requirements override the program guidelines.
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.
All applications require that you submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended (including UR). 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.
- Pick up and submit all application materials for UR 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 U.S. 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 UR 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 UR degree. You will need to obtain course approvals before leaving campus to ensure that all credits will transfer.