Non-UR Semester Abroad Program Policy

Policy for Non-UR Semester and Yearlong Programs 

The University of Richmond staff and faculty have carefully put together our extensive list of UR study abroad programs consistent with the needs of our students, with University standards, and educational objectives. We expect that students will find a UR program that suits their goals and objectives and will be able to enroll in a UR program if eligible and approved.  Very rarely, a student has a compelling academic reason to attend a non-UR program and, in order to do so, must successfully complete a petition process. More information on this process is below.

Important items to note: Students approved to study on a non-UR abroad program are not eligible for UR institutional funding while abroad, but may still be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid. Contact the financial aid office for more information. Participants in approved non-UR programs will also be assessed a $1,500 administrative fee. It is also not possible to withdraw from Richmond, take part in a non-Richmond semester abroad program, and then transfer credit back to Richmond from that program. Finally, Richmond students may not study at Richmond exchange or affiliate programs and transfer credit back to the University without having been accepted into the program through the International Education office.

Information about petition policy and process for a non-UR program:

  • Students considering a non-UR program should meet with an advisor in the Office of International Education to discuss their situation and obtain petition materials. All students planning to petition are encouraged to select a UR program as well in the event that the petition is not approved.
  • Students approved to study on a non-UR abroad program are not eligible for UR institutional funding while abroad, but may still be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid. Contact the financial aid office for more information.
  • Participants in approved non-UR programs will be assessed a $1,500 administrative fee.
  • The deadline to submit your petition is normally the 3rd week in January prior to the fall semester abroad and the 2nd week in September prior to the spring semester abroad. In all cases the deadline to submit non-UR petitions is earlier than the deadline for application to Richmond programs to allow time for the student to apply to a Richmond program in the event that their petition is not approved. Please email the Study Abroad Office for specific dates.
  • A successful petition will demonstrate the sound academic and cross-cultural quality of the non-UR program and a compelling reason why no Richmond program can serve the student's academic needs.
  • Decisions regarding petitions will be made by the International Education office.
  • Non-UR petitions will not be reviewed or decided upon until after the petition deadline has passed. Decisions are normally made within two weeks after the petition deadline.
  • Transfer credits for study abroad will be awarded only for pre-approved programs.

Note:  All the information below should probably be moved to Short-Term or Summer pages and mentioned only briefly on this page.

Policy for Non-UR Summer / Winter Break Abroad Programs
Students planning to earn Richmond transfer credit from Non-UR summer abroad or Winter Break abroad programs must register their program participation online by the deadlines below. Additionally, a study abroad Course Approval Form must be signed by relevant faculty members and submitted to the Registrar by the same deadlines below.

NOTE: Non-immigrant students wishing to take courses over summer or winter breaks at institutions in their home countries are required to complete this registration process.<

Register your participation: 
Non-UR Summer abroad program registration
Non-UR Winter Break abroad program registration

Deadlines:

  • Summer abroad: May 20, prior to departure
  • Winter Break abroad: December 15, prior to departure

A transcript must be issued by an accredited university or institution and sent directly to the Registrar’s office.

Retroactive program registrations:
If you have already completed a Non-UR Summer or Winter Break abroad program but didn't register it before you departed for abroad, you need to retroactively register your program now to determine if your credits can be transferred to Richmond. Click here for instructions; only use this link for retroactive registrations.