COVID-19 and Study Abroad
The RIT Education Abroad office is constantly monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting international travel, with student safety as our top priority. As of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, a small cohort of RIT students are participating in study abroad programs. As transmissions rates abroad continue to decline and restrictions ease, we anticipate an increase in study abroad participation, however, some locations or programs may still be limited. Students will be required to be vaccinated, follow all applicable CDC and/or state/international travel guidelines when traveling, and may need to take additional precautions. All study abroad locations will need to be approved by the RIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
All faculty, staff, students and others participating in RIT study abroad/international travel must be fully vaccinated against COVID or have a valid RIT exemption. If you have a valid RIT exemption to the vaccination requirement please be advised that your ability to participate in RIT study abroad/international travel will be subject to any requirements imposed by a host country. RIT may be able to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with a valid RIT exemption, provided that they do not alter the nature of the educational experience for others participating in RIT study abroad/international travel, but it cannot change host country COVID requirements.
Please visit the RIT COVID-19 Vaccination Information website for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Sullivan, director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships at [email protected] or (585) 475-3224.
Additional information about how COVID-19 is affecting RIT study abroad
Study Abroad for Parents & Students
Welcome! We are very excited to be working with your RIT student as they prepare to study abroad. We recognize that this is an important decision, not only for your student but also for you.
At RIT, our top priorities are student safety and successful academic integration. We work closely with students, faculty, academic advisors, financial aid advisors, and our partners abroad to be sure our students have the most positive experience possible.
Please peruse these pages to understand more about the types of programs available to students, the application process, funding, and health and safety abroad. For more resources specifically about the practical preparations prior to travel, visit the Preparing to Go section of our website.
The Education Abroad and International Fellowships office is always available to answer questions from students and parents. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email ([email protected]), by phone (585-475-4466), or in-person (RIT Global Office in Global Village).