Parents & Families

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to Randolph-Macon’s Office of International Education! Our mission is to encourage students to explore and embrace a complicated world, at home and abroad.

We invite you to explore our website. Here you will find the most up-to-date information about study/travel classes taught by R-MC faculty during J-term, studying abroad for a semester or year, information for international students, and some of the intercultural opportunities right here on campus.

There are many excellent reasons to study abroad: Students who have international experiences gain confidence and adaptability, a wider perspective on the world, and tend to earn higher grades after their return. Students learning languages can immerse themselves in the language and culture in a way simply not possible in the United States. And in our increasingly interconnected world, students with study abroad experiences stand out to potential employers and graduate schools, and are valued for their intercultural skills and preparedness for the world when they graduate.  

For J-term study/travel you will find the most up-to-date list of travel/study classes as well as information about registration and payment, our need-based scholarships, the mandatory insurance plan, and the Student Handbook that is provided to students during pre-departure orientation.

For semester or year-long study abroad you may wish to start with answers to some frequently asked questions. You will also find information about programs (well over 100 of them!), eligibility and costs, the application process, and a list of scholarships (R-MC funded and others). 

Our Resources for Travelers page lists some key resources to help travelers and their loved ones get informed and prepared for international adventures. We hope you will encourage your students to take advantage of the myriad international opportunities available through R-MC as they chart their course to the future. 

Sincerely, 

The R-MC Office of International Education