Study Abroad

As part of RMU’s core value of global perspective, the Center for Global Engagement is committed to providing opportunities abroad to meet the needs of every stakeholder.  Details and descriptions on the various study abroad opportunities and programs are available on this page. Questions may be directed to Jessica Schrader.

RMU offers programs that are available at different times of the year, and for different durations. Please take a look at the options to decide what is best for you.

Semester and Year Abroad

A semester abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and earn 12-18 credits towards your RMU degree. You can even do an internship or work on a research project abroad. All Global Approved programs have been given the Global Seal of Approval! That means you will pay your regular RMU tuition for the semester you are abroad, and most of your financial aid will transfer. You will be responsible for your housing, meals, flight, and any additional personal expenses

  • Click here for a list of current Global Approved Programs.
  • Click here for a worksheet to help you create a budget for a semester abroad.
  • Scholarship/Grant Tax Information Worksheet - If you received a scholarship or grant for studying abroad, use this worksheet to determine what taxes, if any, you owe on the money received.

Roadmap to a Semester Abroad

Early Preparation (6+ months prior to studying abroad)

The earlier you start preparing to study abroad, the more options you will have. Here are some steps to take 6+ months prior to studying abroad:

  • Talk to your academic advisor about your plans to study abroad, and work with them to save electives and general courses (e.g., History, Literature, Principles of _____, etc.) to take while you are abroad
  • Research scholarships and program options
  • Get your passport, if you don't have one already
  • Share your interest in studying abroad here to receive email updates about deadlines, scholarships, and information sessions

Semester Prior to Studying Abroad

You should start the RMU process for studying abroad no later than the beginning of the semester prior to when you wish to study abroad. If you start the process prior to this time, you will need to meet with a study abroad advisor again at this time.

Here are your steps for studying abroad:

  • Watch this short video. You must choose 'log in with Google' and then use your RMU email address and password to log in.
  • Fill out a pre-advising goals form
  • Make an appointment with your study abroad advisor here.
  • Fill out your RMU application materials by the appropriate deadline:
    • Recommended Spring Abroad Deadline: RMU application materials due September 27th, 2018
    • Recommended Fall Abroad Deadline: RMU application materials due March 28th, 2019
  • Fill out your university or program abroad's application by their deadline.
  • Purchase your flight once you are accepted by your university or program abroad (and have a visa, if necessary).
  • Attend pre-departure orientation (scheduled in the last month of each semester).
  • Complete other applications and forms as required and explained by your study abroad advisor and your university or program abroad. This may include visas, international insurance, and housing applications.

Note on Passports: Make sure that you have a valid passport. Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid not only for the duration of your visit, but also for up to six months after your entry or return from their country. This means you have to check your passport expiration date carefully. For example, if your passport expires on September 1, 2020, and you want to return home in May 2020, you will need to renew your passport before you go. 

Note on Visas: Every country's visa requirements differ. You should receive information from your host university once you are accepted about the visa process. If you do not feel like you are getting this information in a timely manner or have questions about the process, please reach out to your study abroad advisor.

Intern Abroad During the Semester

Many of our Global Approved Programs include the option of an internship in their semester abroad offerings. In this case, you would do your internship alongside the other courses you take during your semester abroad, including a 3- or 6-credit internship seminar. The Global Approved Programs with internship options include:

  • FHS St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland (Spring semester)
  • Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan (Summer term after studying abroad during the Spring semester)
  • University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland (Fall or Spring semester)
  • CAPA's Global Business Institutes in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Spanish language); Florence, Italy (Italian language); London, England; and Shanghai, China
  • CIEE's Open Campus program in Berlin, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa; and Santiago, Chile
  • Euroscholars research abroad with faculty at internationally renowned research universities throughout Europe

Internship opportunities vary based on your major, and language ability. Contact a study abroad advisor for more information about any of these opportunities.

Application

Pre-Application

  • Interest Form - submit this form to the Center for Global Engagement to be put on the list of interested students. You will receive updates relevant to your interests and notification about important deadlines. You will need to be signed into your RMU account for this form to work.
  • Pre-Advising Goals Form - this must be completed before your first advising meeting
  • Apply for your Passport now! It's never too early to get your passport, and delays could cost you more money.

RMU Application

Note that your application must be complete before you will be nominated and able to apply to your study abroad program. Please consider this when determining appropriate timelines.

Program Application

Your study abroad advisor will not nominate you to complete your program’s application until after your RMU application is complete and approved. You will receive information about your program’s application at that time.

Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs (FLEAPs)

Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs (FLEAPs) provide students with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to travel and learn abroad while earning course credit. RMU faculty serve as the guide for students for 10-14 days while completing course projects, enjoying guest lectures from local experts, and exploring a variety of cultures throughout the world.

In order to participate in a 2019 FLEAP, students should take the following steps:

1) Register for the participating Spring 2019 course. FLEAP courses (and specific section numbers, when applicable) are listed for each program in the documents below. Students should add the correct course in Sentry to their Spring schedule. **Note that some courses may have prerequisites or require special faculty permissions before they can register; please contact the instructor or Center for Global Engagement (CGE) for more information.**

2) Once registered, students must complete the application materials by submitting the following to the CGE by Tuesday, December 4th, 2018:

CGE offers competitive scholarships that give select students funding to be applied toward the total Program Fee for a 2019 FLEAP. In order to be eligible, you must complete an application, original essay, and a letter of reference. Scholarship applications are due December 4th, along with all registration materials. 

More information on the 2019 FLEAP programs are listed below.

If you have additional questions about these programs, please contact internationaloffice@rmu.edu or visit the Center for Global Engagement (middle house in the Colonial Village). 

Summer Options

Summer or Winter Break Abroad Programs

Studying abroad for a month or two during the summer, or for a few weeks during winter break, is a great way to experience life abroad without disrupting the progression of courses for your major on campus. You will pay the cost of these programs directly to the provider and the credits will be listed as transfer credits on your transcript.

  • Click here for a list of current Global Approved Programs.
  • Click here for a worksheet to help you create a budget for a summer abroad.
  • Scholarship/Grant Tax Information Worksheet - If you received a scholarship or grant for studying abroad, use this worksheet to determine what taxes, if any, you owe on the money received.

Roadmap to a Summer or Winter Break Abroad

Early Preparation (6+ months prior to studying abroad)

The earlier you start preparing to study abroad, the more options you will have. Here are some steps to take 6+ months prior to studying abroad:

  • Talk to your academic advisor about your plans to study abroad, and work with them to save electives and general courses (e.g., History, Literature, Principles of _____, etc.) to take while you are abroad
  • Research scholarships and program options
  • Get your passport, if you don't have one already
  • Share your interest in studying abroad here to receive email updates about deadlines, scholarships, and information sessions

Semester Prior to Studying Abroad

You should start the RMU process for studying abroad no later than the beginning of the semester prior to when you wish to study abroad. If you start the process prior to this time, you will need to meet with a study abroad advisor again at this time.

Here are your steps for studying abroad:

  • Watch this short video. You must choose 'log in with Google' and then use your RMU email address and password to log in.
  • Fill out a pre-advising goals form
  • Make an appointment with your study abroad advisor here.
  • Fill out your RMU application materials by the appropriate deadline:
    • Recommended Winter Abroad Deadline: RMU application materials due September 27th, 2018
    • Recommended Summer Abroad Deadline: RMU application materials due February 28th, 2019
  • Fill out your university or program abroad's application by their deadline.
  • Purchase your flight once you are accepted by your university or program abroad (and have a visa, if necessary).
  • Attend pre-departure orientation (scheduled in the last month of each semester).
  • Complete other applications and forms as required and explained by your study abroad advisor and your university or program abroad. This may include visas, international insurance, and housing applications.

Note on Passports: Make sure that you have a valid passport. Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid not only for the duration of your visit, but also for up to six months after your entry or return from their country. This means you have to check your passport expiration date carefully. For example, if your passport expires on September 1, 2020, and you want to return home in May 2020, you will need to renew your passport before you go. 

Note on Visas: Every country's visa requirements differ. You should receive information from your host university once you are accepted about the visa process. If you do not feel like you are getting this information in a timely manner or have questions about the process, please reach out to your study abroad advisor.

Summer Internships Abroad

There is a wide variety of opportunities available for summer internships abroad. Most are unpaid internships that require payment by the student in order to secure the position, though some are fully-funded or even paid. These options include:

  • Cultural Vistas, including the IAESTE United States program for fully-funded STEM internships
  • CISabroad summer internships
  • CareerUp summer internships in Asia
  • Partnerships International summer internships in Hungary, Ireland, and Spain
  • Use your own resources to identify opportunities that you're interested in. Ask your professors, personal contacts, or even Google to find something that appeals to you

Internship opportunities vary based on your major. Contact a study abroad advisor for more information about any of these opportunities.

Application

Pre-Application

  • Interest Form - submit this form to the Center for Global Engagement to be put on the list of interested students. You will receive updates relevant to your interests and notification about important deadlines. You will need to be signed into your RMU account for this form to work.
  • Pre-Advising Goals Form - this must be completed before your first advising meeting
  • Apply for your Passport now! It's never too early to get your passport, and delays could cost you more money.

RMU Application

Note that your application must be complete before you will be nominated and able to apply to your study abroad program. Please consider this when determining appropriate timelines.

Program Application

Your study abroad advisor will not nominate you to complete your program’s application until after your RMU application is complete and approved. You will receive information about your program’s application at that time.

Global Mentors

Kylee Schaffer ‘18

  • Euroscholars (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • “I did research on cartilage tissue engineering for five months through the EuroScholars program. Some of the best parts of the experience were meeting so many new people and traveling around Europe. I learned a lot about other cultures by talking with people I met and by experiencing them firsthand. It was an amazing experience, and I love that I now have friends all over the world!”

Niki Lundberg ‘18

  • Kansai Gaidai University (Hirakata, Japan)
  • “It was a beautiful spring day in Japan. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom - when the breeze picked up, they’d fall from the trees like snow, covering the paths. My host mother decided that it was the perfect day to visit a local Buddhist shrine, so we went in kimonos together and walked around before heading home for a delicious home-cooked lunch.”

Erin Leonard '18

  • Athena Abroad (Florence, Italy)
  • CIEE (Berlin, Germany)
  • "Studying abroad has helped me learn and grow in ways that I never would have been able to by just following the typical regimented schedule of an every day college student. As Americans, we are very fortunate to have an opportunity for an experience abroad. I would not have traded my experience for anything!" 

Katherine Kosenko ‘18

  • University of Limerick (Limerick, Ireland)
  • “Studying abroad was the best experience of my life. Not only was I able to experience the culture of Ireland, but I was able to travel to 10 different countries while I was there. I was able to come out of my comfort zone and meet some amazing people along the way. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else and I’m hoping to travel back to Europe very soon!”

Taylor Borrellli ‘18

  • FLEAP (Ireland and Northern Ireland)
  • “Getting the opportunity to experience another culture was amazing. My favorite memories from the trip is all the Irish traditions and their history that we were able to experience. I was able to learn about another country's troubles and how they fought to become a country just like the United States did. I think the coolest thing we got to do was see landmarks that are older than America.”

George Dietrich ‘18

  • CIEE (Berlin, Germany)
  • “I loved my time abroad.  Germany is such a lovely country to live in; so much history in one area.  Cannot wait to go back there again one day.”

Delaney Hoolahan '18

  • Griffith College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
  • "Taking this time abroad was the most rewarding thing I have done for myself to date.  Not only did I learn so much from Griffith and my professors, but I learned even more on my own as I traveled to 11 different countries!  I will never forget the memories I made and the impact that this trip had on my life."

Dillan Gaydos '19

  • American Business School of Paris (Paris, France)
  • "My time abroad will always be one of my favorite semester I have had while attending RMU. Getting to spend such a long period of time on my own in a foreign country proved to be a truly remarkable experience. And being there for a full semester allowed me the time to be able to travel and see more of the world than I expected to be able to while in college. Some of the greatest memories I'll ever have were made possible because of my time spent studying abroad!"

Laurel Murray '19

  • Vira Heinz Scholar, CIEE (Berlin, Germany)
  • "Thanks to the Vira I. Heinz Program, I was able to intern in Berlin, Germany for during the summer of 2017! I worked for a startup company specializing in Business Intelligence and Start-Up Business Intelligence for high-tech startups working towards creating a more sustainable future. During my travels, I learned more than I ever could have imagined and experienced such a high volume of cultures in a short-amount of time. Because of my experience, I have been inspired to travel the world even more for pleasure and for part of my future career."

Kaitlyn Shipton '19

  • FHS St. Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland)
  • "Studying abroad was an eye-opening experience. I learned to adapt to a new culture and language as well as a unique campus environment. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to broaden my knowledge, make lifelong friends and expand my global, professional network."

Matthew Juergens '19

  • FHS St. Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland)
  • "I was operating under a weird internal tension while studying across the pond. Half of me was a state of fevered rushing to do and see as much as possible. The other half wanted my experiences to be deliberate and authentic to generate lasting value. By the end of my trip, I was in balance and fully enjoying everything that Switzerland and Europe offered. My time abroad equipped me to explore beyond the boundaries of my comfort zone and to do life with more vibrancy and appreciation for all the beauty that exists outside of a campus or hometown. Will I travel more? Absolutely."

Katey Ladika ‘19

  • AIFS (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • “While studying abroad in the Czech Republic, I was able to see first-hand pieces of history that most have only read about! The most notable for me was Nicolaus Copernicus's book on the Heliocentric Solar System! On assignment for my Art and Urbanism class, I was able to visit the vast library of the Strahov Monastery in Prague 1. This extensive collection held 250,000 books dating back to the 10th century and was beautifully decorated in an ornate, baroque style! The librarian of the monastery promised a "special treat" at the end of the tour, but I never imaged he would take  Copernicus's book out of climate control and allow me to view it in such close quarters! This was just one of many occupations where I had history at my fingertips and awe in my heart!”

Christianne Sadaka ‘19

  • CIEE (Dublin, Ireland)
  • “Going abroad taught me so much about myself. I've always identified as an introvert, but I came home newly aware of how fantastic people can be. I got to meet some really great people - American and from various parts of Europe - and gained a lot of valuable perspective.”

Adelyn Berdine ‘19

  • FLEAP (Ireland and Northern Ireland)
  • “My time in Ireland was simply incredible. Going into the program, I was nervous because I didn’t know anyone else going on the trip. I quickly made friends that I know will last a lifetime, I was able to experience a gorgeous foreign country, and I became close with the professors on the trip. Making the decision to study abroad has been the best decision that I have made since the start of college.”

Monica McGregor '20

  • CAPA (London, England)
  • "Studying abroad opened my eyes to the many similarities and differences between cultures. Although the people I met seemed so different from myself, I was always able to find common ground and made friendships that will last a lifetime. Going abroad made me more independent, intelligent, and inspired."