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Study Abroad/Exchange Application Instructions

There are two parts to the study abroad/exchange application process:

1. Rensselaer On-line Application
Once you have reviewed the program options and selected a program, click “Apply Now” on the program’s information page. You will be prompted to log-in using your RCS ID and password. You will be able to save and return to your application. You will receive messages at various points in the application process, and it is very important that you read these messages and follow all instructions.

Required Application Submissions:

  • Brief (no more than 300 words) statement of purpose - explain your motivation for study abroad and how this experience will complement your academic and personal interests.  Students who do not meet the 3.0 minimum GPA requirement should address this in their statement.  Non-affiliated applicants should explain their reasons for applying to the selected program.
  • Copy of ID page of passport - should be valid for at least 6 months prior to your departure from the host country
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Signed Transfer Credit Approval Form(s) for Semester/Full-year Study Abroad Programs - Click here for detailed guidance on how to complete this form
  • Letters of recommendation for the following programs: Some Global E3, any program if applicant has GPA of less than 3.0; UCL requires the name and contact information of a referee.  Letters should be written by a professor or another individual  who is familiar with your academic work (e.g. research supervisor), and should comment on your preparation for a successful period of study abroad.
Rensselaer nominations will be issued within 2 weeks of the application deadline
 2. Application of the Host Institution​ 
Affiliated Exchange:  Students who are nominated for affiliated exchange programs will be required to complete the application materials of the host institution, and will receive detailed instructions in their nomination letter.  Final admissions decisions are made by the host institution. 
Non-Affiliated Study Abroad:  A Rensselaer nomination means that your program has been evaluated and that you will receive credit for courses that you have approved, subject to transfer credit restrictions.  You must apply directly to the study abroad program following their instructions and deadlines.
Housing, visa, orientation and other relevant information will be included in the nomination letters and acceptance materials issued by the Office of International Programs and host institutions.