Information for Students Participating in a Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Program
URI has become affiliated with more than 200 different programs in over 60 countries. However, students may wish to participate on a program not affiliated with URI. Students may opt to do this for many reasons – so you can study in a country where URI does not have a program, participate in a very unique program URI does not offer, enroll in a program recommended by peers, etc.
URI students are not prohibited from participating in non-affiliated programs but, before doing so, they must meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Education (OIE) to ensure:
- They are making a decision that is best for you.
- They are familiar with URI study abroad policies.
- They are aware of their responsibilities related to overseas study.
- URI will accept the credit from the non-affiliated program.
Before Applying to a Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Program know the following:
- URI may actually have an affiliation with the same institution.
- Make sure that the program you are applying to provides quality academic work that will be accepted by URI for transfer credit (done in conjunction with the academic departments).
- There may be comparable (or better) programs that you may not be aware of
- Discuss your responsibilities and the policies related to the use of financial aid and study abroad.
- Meet with your Academic Advisor to make sure the program you have selected complements your academic plan of study.
- Educate yourself about all aspects of the program- including health and safety issues.
- What courses are offered and how will they complement your academic goals?
- What type of program is it and for what level of student?
- What type of housing and meal plan options are available?
- What is the cost of the program and what does the program fee include?
- Will the program provide you with the contact information of previous participants?
Helpful Links to Find a Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Program
- IIEPassport.org – The Institute of International Education’s on-line study abroad search engine
- StudyAbroad.Com – On-line resource to search for study abroad programs
- GoAbroad.com – On-line resource to search for study abroad programs
Applying for a Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Program
- Complete an on-line Study Abroad General Information Session (GIS)
- Before sending an application to the program or program sponsor, the applicant should make and appointment with a URI Education Abroad Advisor in order to complete the URI “Program Participant for Non-Affiliated Programs” packet.
- Students applying for a non-affiliated study abroad program will have to meet the eligibility requirements established by the program provider.
- Apply directly to the program or program provider.
- If the program application requires the signature of an Education Abroad Advisor at URI, contact the Office of International Education to set-up an appointment.
Please be advised that URI institutional grants or scholarships (i.e. Centennial Scholarships, Hardge Grants) that you receive will apply only to a URI-Affiliated program.
After you are admitted to a Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Program you must complete the following steps:
- URI Education Abroad Pre-departure Paperwork and Off-Campus Registration – To maintain your status as a matriculating URI student each term you are abroad, you must submit the following documents to the OIE at the same time:
- Official Letter of Admission from the Host Institution or Program
- Completed URI Education Abroad Prior Approval Form
- Payment of the Off-Campus Study (OCS) fee
- Proof of enrollment in a Travel Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Plan
If using Financial Aid to finance your semester abroad, the following document must be submitted to the URI Enrollment Services Office:
- International Study Cost of Attendance Form
- Power of Attorney Form
Participants should complete this process once accepted into a program and submit all materials prior to the term(s) abroad. Forms, deadlines, and directions on how to complete this process are available at: web.uri.edu/international/studyabroad/paperwork
- Attend the OIE Education Abroad Workshops that are offered each semester in order to better prepare yourself for the overseas experience. For the workshop schedule, visit: web.uri.edu/international/studyabroad/workshops
Please be advised that: URI institutional grants or scholarships (i.e. Centennial Scholarships, Hardge Grants) that you receive will apply only to a URI-affiliated program.In addition to the Off-Campus Study Fee (OCS) you will be billed an OIE Administrative program fee ($350 semester/$150 summer) by URI during the regular university billing cycle for each term you are participating on an education abroad program – all fees subject to change.Having your Study Abroad Credit Transferred Back to URI
Students that have completed a semester abroad in a non-affiliated program must ensure that an official transcript/grade report of your overseas coursework is sent to the Office of International Education at URI. Pre-approved credit will only transfer back to URI if you earn a grade equivalent to a “C” (2.00/4.00) or above.
For Additional Information Contact:
The Office of International Education
University of Rhode Island
37 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Tel: (401) 874-5546
Fax: (401) 874-4573