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It is completely natural for a student to feel a bit apprehensive about taking this important step. Most students do. Keep in mind that the overseas experience is much more than a vacation. It is a profound learning experience that will engender feelings of exhilaration, apprehension, frustration, satisfaction, self-doubt and accomplishment … often all at the same time.

In the following section, the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs will address some of the most important and most frequently asked questions relating to Roger William’s wide array of study abroad opportunities.

How and where do I begin?
Your first step…come by to see us!  While you will find that many of your questions can be answered by navigating this website, it is important that you come by The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs to meet with our staff.  We’re here to address any questions and concerns that you might have.  The Spiegel Center's office hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm and we are located in the Center for Global and Community Engagement,also known as "The Farmhouse."  Come by to get more information, or if you prefer to meet one one one, office hour sign-ups are available as well as a number of open informational meetings throughout the semester.

Roger Williams University faculty can also serve as a great resource.  They can provide a great deal of insight into the courses that you may be interested in taking abroad as well as the overall experience.  Students that have already been abroad are another great resource.  Don't be afraid to ask questions to someone who you know that may have just returned from a semester abroad.

As you plan for a semester or academic year abroad, you must also meet with your Academic Advisor. Working with your Academic Advisor to discuss your time abroad will ensure that studying abroad will work with your academic schedule.

What are the requirements for study abroad?
In most cases, RWU students can go abroad as early as their sophomore year.

Each program, will have a minimum GPA requirement.For RWU sponsored programs, the RWU in London-Theatre program requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 while the RWU in Florence and RWU Architecture in Barcelona  semester program requires a minimum GPA of 2.75.

For RWU affiliated programs, minimum cumulative grade point averages vary from 2.5 to 3.0. 

Other requirements include the following:
  • Full time status
  • Declaration of major and Core Concentration
  • Good academic standing
  • Meet all judicial standards requirements
  • Advisor's/dean's approval
For both RWU sponsored and affiliate programs, two separate applications will be required: an RWU online application must be completed as well as the host program's specific application.

Applications shall be accompanied by a $50 non-refundable application fee. Once students are accepted into a program, they must submit a $600 deposit within 30 days of their acceptance. This $600 deposit will hold your spot int the program and will be applied to your semester charges.

For RWU-affiliated programs, the application process is also straightforward but will vary from institution to institution. Rest assured that the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs staff will assist you in completing all necessary paperwork.

Where can I go ?
Whether considering going abroad for a semester, a summer session, a winter term or an academic year... You literally have the world available to you!

RWU’s Flagship semester programs in Florence, Barcelona and London provide carefully structured opportunities for academic study in these key locations. Additionally, we’ve developed formal affiliations with a select list of internationally recognized program providers that deliver profound academic and cultural immersion experiences on all five continents.

Depending upon your particular geographical interest and field of study, you have a choice between traditional university based programs abroad, culturally immersive programs and discipline-specific programs.  Several study abroad programs offer students internship and service learning opportunities as well.
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How much will it cost?
For most of the RWU study abroad programs, both our own flagship programs and the affiliated programs, students will pay your standard RWU semester tuition in addition to the standard housing fee, semester fees and when applicable the standard meal charges will be in effect.   

Please remember, students are responsible for the cost of airfare, their own spending money and independent travel costs.  Students need to budget independently for optional and extracurricular activities, including personal travel and spending money.  Also, knowledge of the current exchange rates in relation to the local currency of where you will be studying will help you budget effectively.

Students will normally be covered under their regular health insurance.  If students are covered under the RWU CHP Policy, this will also cover the student while studying abroad.  Some programs will provide additional health insurance coverage that is dictated by visa regulations.

Please consult with the Financial Aid office to determine how your particular aid will be affected by a semester abroad.
Tuition remission and tuition exchange does not apply to most study abroad programs.

Which is the best option for me?
Take a moment to reflect about your academic and personal desires and preferences. Not all programs are appropriate for every student. Are you adventurous? Maybe a culturally immersive or field-based program would work best for you. Would you prefer a more structured program that offers traditional classroom settings? Then you should look into conventional-type programs. Here are more questions you should ask yourself to help you determining what type of program you should consider:
  • How long do you want to Study Abroad?
  • Would you prefer a university setting or a more intimate and personal setting?
  • Do you need to take courses to fulfill major, minor and/or Core Concentration requirements?
  • Do you prefer to live in a large city or a small town?
  • Would you prefer to live with a host family?
  • In an apartment?
  • In a dormitory?
  • Which study model will work best for you?
  • Independent or one similar to the U.S.?
In most cases, students can maximize their semester experience abroad by satisfying a Core Concentration in International Studies. Please consult the guidelines for completion of this core concentration.

These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself before you decide where you want to study. The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs will be happy to discuss with you your answers to these questions.

How do I learn more?
We invite you to surf the program opportunities available to you. We also strongly encourage you to come by the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs to meet with a staff member to sign up for a one-on-one meeting or to gather program information.