Study Abroad

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Explore your Options

Explore your options in URIAbroad, our web-based advising and application software that will guide you through the global education process. You can search for study away programs by location, duration and type of program.

URI students, use your Single Sign-On username and password when logging in. If you are not a URI student, you may create a profile as a first-time user. Your login credentials will be sent to you via e-mail.

To guide your search, Education Abroad 101 advising videos are available on-demand:

Meet with an Advisor

Peer Advisors and Education Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through your study away experience. Your first step – attend a Peer Advising Session! During Spring Semester, there will be in-person and virtual group peer advising sessions on multiple days each week. Visit the Information Session Registration form for dates and times. Registration is required. 

After you have attended an Information Session, you can schedule an individual appointment with your Education Abroad Advisor through Starfish.

Throughout the semester, a variety of representatives will also be available to discuss their programs and answer questions related to: semester and an academic year abroad, winter session and spring break options, domestic and international summer programs, national and international exchange, and international internships and service learning. You may find specific times posted in the events calendar on the main Study Abroad page.

The Application Process

Depending on the program you are interested in, you may complete one or two education abroad applications. Why two applications? First, you will always need to complete an application in URIAbroad, URI’s application management system. This is important so that URI has all the information needed for your study away program. This application may consist of questionnaires, recommendations, and other documents. If you are applying to URI program, such as a faculty-led program or URI semester program, you will only need to complete the URIAbroad application.

If you are applying to an exchange program or a third-party provider program, you will need to complete another application for the host program. For exchange programs, your education abroad advisor will provide you with the host institution’s application. For affiliated providers such as API, TEAN or CIEE, the application is available on their website.

The initial application materials in URIAbroad are considered the pre-decision phase. Once all the requirements are completed, your application will be reviewed, and you will subsequently have your application moved by an education abroad advisor to the post-decision phase in URIAbroad.

Admission Criteria

Admission decisions concerning URI exchange programs, URI Faculty-Led Programs and international internships are made in consultation with faculty sponsoring the corresponding URI study away program. In the case of third-party program providers, URI students must first be endorsed for off-campus study by the Office of International Education.

Endorsement is based on the following criteria:

  • GPA (in general minimum of 2.5, some programs have higher requirements)
  • Language proficiency (when applicable)
  • Personal and academic recommendations (required for some programs)
  • Verification of good social standing at URI
  • Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor (when applicable)
  • Written statement of plans and goals for the period of study abroad and/or internship (according to program guidelines)

Once you are admitted

Once you receive a decision from your program, find the information you will need to commit, and complete the post-decision process including pre-departure paperwork, off-campus registration and the pre-departure orientation.         

post decision information


If you currently have a hold on your e-Campus account, please take immediate actions to resolve it. The registration/approval process for off-campus programs and admission decisions cannot be completed until all holds have been removed.

Contact Information

Office of International Education and National Student Exchange
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST
37 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI, 02881

Phone: 401.874.2395

Advising Appointments
To schedule an appointment, log into Starfish, search for International Education and National Student Exchange and select the advisor based on your college.