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Finding a Program

The University of Richmond has a study abroad program to fit the needs and goals of any academically qualified students. Richmond offers a complete portfolio of study abroad opportunities.

The hallmark study abroad model at Richmond is the semester or year abroad. Through GatewayAbroad, students can learn about and apply to semester or yearlong programs offered by partner universities and other programs and consortia with which the University is affiliated.

Students whose academic needs are not met by a UR semester abroad program may also petition for approval to enroll in a non-UR program.

Things to Consider

Choosing which study abroad program to apply to is a lot like choosing a college. So before diving into the options, carefully consider what you hope to get out of the experience; how a specific program’s course offerings fit in with your academic career; what you can afford; and how the learning, social, physical, and cultural environments will impact you.

You can—and should—talk to others to help you through the process. Your academic advisor and the peer advisors at the Office of International Education are good places to start. If you have already done some research on your own but need further guidance, you may be ready to meet with a study abroad advisor.

Academics
  • Do you want to fulfill requirements for your major or minor?
  • Do you want to fulfill general education requirements? If so, which ones?
  • Do you want to learn about the culture of another country?
  • Do you want to take courses in subjects that are not available at Richmond or that will help you decide on a future career?
Language
  • Do you want to gain proficiency in another language by taking all of your courses in the target language?
  • Do you want to study in an English-speaking country?
  • Would you like to study in a non-Anglophone country, but at an institution where courses are taught in English?
  • Would you like to take some courses in English and others in another language?
Costs
  • Do you need to keep costs in line with what you would spend for a semester at UR?
  • The University charges the current Richmond tuition rate for all UR study abroad programs. In some cases, Richmond may also charge room and board; however, the majority of students pay these expenses directly to the university, program, or landlord abroad. Living costs vary by city, country, and program, and may be more, the same, or less than at Richmond, depending on location and housing options.
  • Do you receive financial aid? All institutional aid transfers to UR semester and yearlong programs.
  • Do you want to apply for a scholarship?
Location
  • Is there a country that interests you because of your heritage?
  • Do you want to be in a small town or a big city?
  • Do you want a campus-like environment?
  • Would you welcome the challenges and rewards of studying in a non-traditional location?
Type of Program
  • Do you want to experience a big university? You'd have a wider variety of course offerings, but class sizes will be much larger than at Richmond. To make the most of this type of experience, you'll need to be independent, resourceful, and self-disciplined.
  • Do you prefer a small faculty-student ratio and a hands-on support system?
  • Do you prefer to learn in a classroom setting or in a non-traditional, experiential environment? The former is the norm for most UR programs; the latter is found through programs such as SIT and SFS.
  • Do you want an exceptionally challenging academic year abroad?
Housing
  • Do you want to live in a dorm or an apartment?
  • Do you want to live with a host family?
  • Do you want to arrange for your own housing or do you prefer that your host university/program make those arrangements for you?