Guiding Principles for the Semester Abroad Program at R-MC
It is the goal of the Office of International Education at R-MC to provide every interested and qualified student with the opportunity to study abroad. In order to provide these opportunities for the greatest number of students, the following criteria apply:
- Students must be in good standing with R-MC in every respect and demonstrate academic readiness for the challenges of studying abroad by maintaining a 2.75 GPA. They should also possess the curiosity, maturity, responsibility and persistence to be open to unfamiliar ways and to handle the ups and downs that are an inevitable part of immersion in a new culture.
- Qualified students may participate in an exchange program through ISEP (international Student Exchange Programs) or through an agreement between RMC and another university, such as Kansai Gaidai in Japan. In an ISEP exchange, students pay tuition, room and board to R-MC (all financial aid except federal work-study applies) and receive tuition, housing and meals at their host institution at no additional cost. Students are responsible for paying the study abroad application fee, airfare and other costs (see below, What Costs Are Not Covered?).
- Qualified students may also participate in direct (non-exchange) semester abroad programs through ISEP, USAC, or other approved providers. Arrangements in direct programs vary widely and may include tuition only; tuition and housing; or tuition, housing and meals. R-MC will pay up to $10,000 toward the cost of a one-semester direct program. In some cases this will cover the entire cost of the study abroad program; in other cases it will not, and students will be billed a surcharge for the amount over $10,000 (payable to R-MC).
- If a direct program includes tuition only, the student will only be billed by R-MC for tuition in the semester they are abroad, and the student will be responsible for paying for their own housing & meals.
- All students are billed the Comprehensive Mandatory Fee.
- The Study Abroad Advisor can provide additional information about surcharges and anticipated expenses for each program.
- Students with genuine financial need (as determined by FAFSA) may apply to OIE for need-based study abroad travel grants, which will be offered to the extent possible to support students who would otherwise not be able to study abroad. Students are also encouraged to explore the many other sources of funding available.
What Costs Are Not Covered?
The following costs associated with semester abroad programs are not covered by tuition, room, board and fees paid to Randolph-Macon. The details of non-exchange programs vary widely; the OIE can help students understand and anticipate these costs.
- Study Abroad Application Fee: Paid to R-MC at time of nomination; in most cases R-MC pays the application fee to one program provider on the student's behalf
- Passport and Visa costs: ALL students must have a valid passport, and student visas are required for many countries. Costs vary greatly.
- International health insurance: This is required for all students studying abroad; the cost is included in some direct programs
- Transportation: Airfare to and from your destination and transportation within your host country (don't forget to count on some travel while you're there!)
- Housing deposits and other expenses specific to a host institutions: Not required by all programs, but if paid, deposits are typically refunded to students after they complete their term. Programs may charge fees (such as Lancaster University's nominal "college fee"), charge for trips or lab courses, or other additional amounts. The OIE will assist students in finding out what these costs are for their particular program.
- Other expenses: Books and other course-related expenses, and of course living expenses.