Globalization of Education


Program Eligibility

The admission of incoming and outgoing students for national and international exchange programs, study abroad, and international internships is the responsibility of the Office of International Education.  For URI programs with direct sponsorship by a URI academic department, admission decisions is arrived in consultation with faculty, deans and department chairs (when relevant).

In the case of program providers, they determine admission decisions as long as the URI student has been approved for off-campus study by the Office of International Education.

Approval by the OIE is based on the following criteria:

  • QPA (in general minimum of 2.5, some programs have higher requirements)
  • Language proficiency (when applicable)
  • Personal and academic recommendations
  • Interview with an Education Abroad Advisor
  • Written statement of plans and goals for the period of study abroad and/or internship (according to program guidelines)

Transfer of Study Abroad Credit

Transfer credit may be given in those courses in which the student received a grade equivalent to a “C” (2.00) or better, but no credit shall be given for courses in which a “C-” or lower was earned.  Grades earned overseas, when not granted by URI (program sponsored by a URI department), are not calculated into a URI student’s G.P.A.

To receive transfer credit earned while participating in a URI approved Study Abroad Program, students must obtain prior approval from their academic advisor, her/his dean and the URI registrar.  URI will not grant transfer credit for international study completed without completion of the the Prior Approval Process and payment of Off-campus Study Fees.

General Education Foreign Language & Culture Requirement

In most cases, a full academic semester abroad in an approved academic program, where students earn grades equivalent to a “C” or above, will fulfill URI’s Undergraduate General Education Foreign Language Cross-Cultural Requirement.

Students should check with the Dean of their college or the URI Catalog to determine if a study abroad experience will satisfy this requirement.  Summer Study Abroad does not fulfill this requirement.

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