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The Arch Semester Away - Non-Affiliated Study Abroad, International Volunteer or Research Experience
Various, Various (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall - Arch Away,
Spring - Arch Away
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Restrictions: RPI applicants only
Program Description:
Summer Arch Semester Away - International Opportunities - Non-Affiliatedlegoland

The Arch Semester Away offers students the opportunity to pursue international activities such as research, non-affiliated study abroad, volunteer service and internships (international internships coordinated in cooperation with the Center for Career and Professional Development, CCPD).  The Office of International Programs (OIP) will support students in their search for a suitable opportunity.

Non-Affiliated Research & Volunteer Opportunities

Students may pursue research or volunteer opportunities at non-affiliated institutions worldwide.  The Office of International Programs will post opportunities that may be of interest to students who are looking for Semester Away international opportunities.  Please note that Rensselaer has no formal affiliation with non-affiliated universities/organizations. Students are highly encouraged to seek information about and check references for any opportunity that they wish to pursue.

Non-Affiliated Study Abroad

Students who wish to study abroad during the Semester Away may do so on a non-affiliated study abroad program. Students may transfer credit earned through non-affiliated study abroad towards the Rensselaer degree, subject to course approval and transfer credit restrictions. 

Program Approval & Application Process

All international Semester Away experiences must be approved by the Office of International Programs (or CCPD in the case of international internships/coops) and the student’s academic advisor.  Students must undertake at least the equivalent of 6 credit hours of research, study, etc. over the course of the semester in order to remain enrolled at Rensselaer during the semester away. 

Program Cost

Students will be responsible for all program costs related to their chosen international experience.  Opportunities at affiliated institutions will not have a tuition charge, but students will be expected to pay for their own travel and living expenses.  Important:  students should not pay deposits or program fees to any provider until the experience is approved by Rensselaer.