Semesters Abroad

Camel Riding in Morocco during a Semester Abroad

Photograph by Abigail Hunter

Studying abroad changes people’s lives, and our students are well prepared to immerse themselves in another culture for a semester, a year, or even longer. We’ll help you find the program that is right for you.

International Exchange Programs

URI maintains a powerful network of international partnerships at universities around the world to bring a variety of exciting education abroad options to our students. Depending on your field of study, language major, or interest, you can choose among our partner universities in locations such as France, Japan, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Many of our current students attend these programs each year, and you may get to know peers from those universities studying here.

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National Student Exchange

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides students the opportunity to gain study away experience at one of 175 participating colleges and universities within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the cost of in-state tuition. Students can choose to study for one semester or the academic year.

Explore the National Student Exchange

URI Semester Abroad

The University of Rhode Island offers two semester-long education abroad programs, Bermuda or Ireland, where students earn URI credit.

Choose from a Wide Array of Destinations

Education abroad programs organized by third-party providers enable you the opportunity to develop global skills while pursuing life-changing experiences and acquiring hands-on knowledge in your field of study. When you search through URIAbroad, you can choose from dozens of destinations and you can find detailed information in our system. Fees vary according to the program providers.


Non-Affiliated Programs

If you would like to study in a country not included in our online system, participate in a unique program, or enroll in a program recommended by peers or parents, you may also opt to participate in a program not affiliated with URI.

Before committing to a non-affiliated program, students must meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Education (OIE), and their academic advisor to make sure the program complements their academic plan of study. It is important to educate yourself about all aspects of the program including health and safety issues.

URI Spanish students sightseeing abroad
URI Spanish students sightseeing abroad

Before applying, consider the following questions:

  • Have other URI students attended the same program?
  • Are you familiar with the quality of the academic program?
  • Will URI accept the transfer credit from the selected program?
  • Have you identified comparable (or better) programs?
  • Have you discussed policies related to the use of financial aid and study abroad?
  • 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?

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.