Studying abroad is a fantastic, exciting and memorable experience that provides a sense of adventure that complements the time spent on your home campus. You will learn about a new culture, perhaps learn a new language, meet new people and travel to different parts of the world. No matter what your destination may be, spending time studying in another country will be a rewarding experience.
The College of Pharmacy recognizes the value of a global education. We encourage our students to enhance their on-campus program with an academic learning experience abroad.
“Studying Abroad was an unforgettable experience that helped me to see the world in new ways. It helped shape my idea of who I want to be as a health professional and what I want to accomplish in my future. I discovered a passion for Public Health and International Development during my time abroad and as a result I hope to pursue these areas upon graduation.”
Class of 2013
Both Pharm.D. and B.S.P.S students have the opportunity to study abroad through the University’s Study Abroad program. Participation in this program is typically during the Sophomore year.
Each year the College has 4-6 students who take
advantage of this opportunity.
The URI Office of International Education provides advising and support services to help students obtain an international experience. Students may choose from more than 200 affiliated educational programs in over 60 different countries worldwide to spend a semester or academic year studying overseas. Summer and Winter session study abroad opportunities are also available with our URI faculty-led summer programs.
Although the cost of studying abroad varies based on the length of the program, location and additional program providers’ fees, there is a study abroad program to meet almost every budget.
Click here for information on financing a semester abroad and study abroad scholarships.
Pharm.D. Professional Years
In addition to Study Abroad, we regularly have students in their professional years participate in international experiences. Examples include:
URI pharmacy students and Dr. Kelly Matson led by Courtney Barnas (Class of 2014, College of Pharmacy) completed a pharmacy mission trip over winter break 2013. They traveled from Kingston, Rhode Island to Kingston, Jamaica for a week in January to provide pharmacy education to caregivers from the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC).
Mei Ka Fong ‘09 a Pharmacy / French double major, spent part of her final year on rotations at the University of Rennes in France. This was through our annual exchange program which sends two students to the University of Rennes each year and brings two students from France to the College each summer.