Study Abroad in Rochester



During the course of undergraduate studies at RIT Croatia, all students have the opportunity to spend a maximum of two semesters at one of our Global campuses at Rochester or in Dubai, while paying home campus tuition.  Program is excellent way to immerse into foreign culture and life while having full support of the study abroad office in visa, housing, dining, course registration and other services and activities associated with the program.

Why Study Abroad?

  • Brush up on your language skills
  • Meet a diverse range of people
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Discover new and exciting foods
  • Study and learn differently
  • Gain independence
  • Learn self-reliance
  • See your own culture through a new lens
  • Learn more about yourself
  • Gain life experience

Why Rochester?

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.

The RIT Student Body consists of approximately 15,400 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Nearly 3,200 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled on the main campus along with approximately 2,500 international students. An additional 2,000 students are enrolled at RIT’s international campuses.

The Campus

The campus is housed on a 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) property. This property is largely covered with woodland and fresh-water swamp making it a very diverse wetland which is home to a number of somewhat rare plant species. The campus comprises 237 buildings and 5.1 million square feet (474,000 m²) of building space.

The nearly universal use of bricks in the campus's construction — estimated at 14,673,565 bricks in late 2006 — prompted students to give it the semi-affectionate nickname "Brick City". More recent additions to the campus have diversified the architecture while still incorporating the traditional brick colors.



Rochester  is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the western portion of the U.S. state of New York, and the seat of Monroe County. It is the third largest city in New York State, after New York City and Buffalo.

The 25th edition of the Places Rated Almanac rated Rochester as the "most livable city" in 2007, among three hundred seventy nine U.S. metropolitan areas. In 2010 Forbes rated Rochester as the third best place to raise a family. In 2012 Kiplinger rated Rochester as the fifth best city for families, citing low cost of living, top public schools, and a low jobless rate.


Application Procedure

Eligible Candidates

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to apply!


As our academic year is divided into Fall and Spring semester, Study abroad office informs students about Global Scholars opportunities at the beginning of each semester, and organize info sessions, Study Abroad Fair and connects interested students with the ones that have been previously attended the program.

Application deadline for Fall semester is in March, and for the Spring semester in October. Exact deadlines are communicated to students via e-mails, and other promotional materials.

For additional information visit 

How to Apply

Online application procedure via Compass, log in with your RIT username and password

  • Click on the "My Profile” link and complete the fields
  • Click on "Search Programs” and choose "Global Scholars”
  • Click on "Apply” and complete the application
  • All information on the RIT Global web site, under tab International students

For an instructional video  

Application documentation to be uploaded to Compass

  • Official bank statement that shows enough funds in the amount of at least $6.538,00
  • A letter of support if financial documents are not in student’s name
  • Passport bio page(1st page)
  • Your latest Study Plan (From Academic Advisor)


NOTE: Upon acceptance, you will receive the I-20/DS2019 formfrom RIT to be able to complete the visa process

When should you arrive in Rochester?

Arrive as early as January 7, 2019. If you arrive earlierthan the designated move-in date, you will be charged an early arrival fee perday. International Student Orientation activities start on the week of move in(January 8). RIT classes for the Spring start on Tuesday, January 16. Move outof RIT housing date is May 12 by 10AM.

According to immigration regulations, you must return toyour home country within 30 days after the end date as it shows on your I-20 orDS2019 certificates.

For a complete calendar which includes holidays and breaks,please visit:


Students continue to pay tuition to their home campus, according to the deadlines and requirements set by Finance office, along with any scholarship or Financial Aid included, plus students will pay for Program fee which covers housing, dining, insurance and activities while on the program. Program fee for Spring semester is estimated to $6538. The program fee cost depends mostly on the type of the housing and dining options students choose since those costs are variable.

You will be able to see your account balance by going to You will pay program fee via check or wire transfer directy to Rochester Institute of Technology. If you wish to pay via credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover) there will be a charge of 2.55% service fee by the vendor.

Other expenses associated with the program include airfare, SEVIS fee, US embassy fee, textbooks for courses, and personal spending.

DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENTS until you have received communication from the RIT Global Office confirming the amount that you owe and the date that you need to pay by.

Healthcare & Health Insurance

Will I have Healthcare?

The Student Heath Center provides a wide variety of healthcare services including comprehensive primary care, injection services and health education. The staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners and trained nurses. The Student Health Center staff will refer you to a local specialist if you need one. This is covered through your RIT student health and activity fee.

All international students are required to have comprehensive health insurance to pay for hospitalizations and other medical services not available on campus. To ensure you are covered, RIT will automatically enroll you in the program in RIT's Basic Student Sickness & Accident Plan. Certain international students will be eligible for an automatic exemption from this insurance plan as determined by the Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Enrollment Services Offices. All other requests for exemption must meet the criteria outlined at 

Housing, Food & Dinning

Housing options

Global Village

Global Village is RIT’s newest residential and commercial complex, providing upper-class students a state-of-the-art global living experience and community. In addition to suite-style housing with lounges, community kitchens, meeting spaces, and laundry rooms, the complex features a number of services just a few feet away. Also featured within the Global Village complex is a volleyball court and a mixed-use plaza offering year-round activities  including heated outdoor seating, a small stage area for concerts and student programming, and a fire pit. Suites include both single and double occupancy rooms.

The RIT Inn & Conference Center

The RIT Inn & Conference Center offers students a premium living experience just six and a half kilometers away from campus and combines hotel amenities with student living accommodations. In addition to furnished rooms with a private bath and shower, in-room controlled air and heat, television with free standard cable, high-speed Internet, and common lounges. The Inn also has several additional services on premises such as on-site laundry facility, express shuttle service to campus, café dining and a gourmet coffee shop, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, whirlpool, fitness center, and free light housekeeping service bi-weekly. Students will share a double-occupancy room.

Housing assignments and cost is dependent on availability and determined by the RIT Housing Office.

After acceptance to the program, each student will be able to mark their housing preferences and roommate preferences at the time of completing housing form application.

Please speak with the International Office Specialists about options and details.



Dining Options

All students can enroll in a resident meal plan or choose other options upon arrival to Rochester

Students residing in RIT Inn require a more inclusive and higher priced meal plan since cooking options are not available

Students residing in Global Village will have a kitchen and they can choose more flexible meal plan or other options




When you are approved for Spring Term at RIT, please work with your academic advisor to select classes that complete your necessary degree requirements and also provide you with new and interesting course options!

Students typically take a minimum of 12 credits (4 courses) during their academic semester abroad. Your department advisor can review and pre-approve the RIT courses offered to ensure that you stay on track with your individual degree program.

A complete list of courses is available on SIS. Login to your SIS account or search under the Public SIS Class search at

Courses focus on critical thinking, decision-making, communication and leadership – all the skills necessary for success in today’s global work environment.  The teaching methods promote interaction and active participation between students and faculty.  Global Scholars are encouraged to get involved with activities outside of the classroom to immerse themselves in their new environment and provide additional cultural learning.

According to U.S. Immigration law, in order to maintain your student status, you must be a full time student (enrolled in 12 credits for undergraduate, 9 credits for graduate students).


Student Testimonials

"My Life in Rochester"

I don’t even know where to start from. It was a year ago that I was sitting on a plane to Rochester with five other IT guys from RIT Croatia. What an adventure it was (laughter).

Campus – truly "American”, so many students, squirrels jumping around, students riding skates, bikes, people wearing flips flops w/ socks (lol)…

Classes in Rochester are really laid back, very different from Croatian campus. You really enjoy listening to experiences of foreign professors. Their knowledge and expertise is really mind blowing.

Rochester as a city is maybe not THE place to be, but it is very well located so that you can visit many surrounding cities and places. Together with global scholars you go to Niagara Falls which are stunning. Me and my guy gang went on a 5-day trip to Toronto for which re even rented a minivan (definitely an experience, not sure if I should recommend it XD). We also visited NYC which is 4 hours away by bus. That was definitely the best trip of my life. All in all, I really enjoyed my time in Rochester, it is very vibrant place to be, you really get the notion of American college life and to be honest, I really miss it. I am more than happy to look back at the time I spent there.

Karmen Ćuk; IB Zagreb

"525000 Moments so Dear"

August to August, Fall to Spring to Summer, "525,000 moments so dear 525,600 minutes…” How do you indeed measure a year?

My life isn’t a musical, but if the song tells me to measure it in love, well, I’m not sure there is a number, or even a word to describe the year I have had studying abroad in Rochester. In such a short period of time, I have travelled across upstate New York and East Coast, I joined a varsity sport, tried so many new thing and met so many amazing people that made Rochester feel like a home away from home: my roommates, my teammates and coaches, my professors and colleagues - all the people that I am proud to call - my friends.

For all of you thinking about going abroad I have just one advice: stop thinking and just go. Get out of your comfort zone, surround yourself with something new and unknown and trust me, at the end of it all you will have another place on this planet you can call home, another family besides the one you already have and so many amazing memories that when they ask you "How was it?” you won’t even know where to begin.

Andrea Kecić; HTM Dubrovnik