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Study at Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York

One of the world s most respected technological universities, RIT offers international students a career focused, applied education. Rigorous academic programs, combined with hands-on experience through cooperative education, internships, research, and laboratory and studio experiences provide our students with the background they need to compete for employment opportunities worldwide. Partnerships with business and industry, outstanding faculty with experience in their fields, and state of the art facilities enhance the experience, and prepare RIT graduates for career success in the US and around the world.

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The university s diverse, engaging, campus community, modern campus facilities, and our location in Rochester, NY, make us an outstanding living and learning environment for international students. We currently have 1,

900 international students from more than 100 countries studying on our campus in Rochester, NY.   RIT international students are active members of our residential campus community, and we support their development and prepare them to be successful graduates with individualized academic and career advising, and personalized assistance and support.

Reputation and Ranking

RIT consistently ranks among the 15 largest private universities in the US. In addition, it is one of the nation s top comprehensive universities and one of "America s Best College Values" in a US- News & World Report survey, as well as in Peterson s Competitive Colleges, Fiske s Selective Guide to Colleges and other major college guides. RIT s faculty and students routinely earn nationally and internationally competitive awards and honors such as Fulbright Scholars and Alfred Sloan Foundation Awards.


RIT offers more than 200 comprehensive and innovative academic bachelors, masters, and PhD programs in diverse disciplines, in the following general areas:

  Art, Crafts, Design, and Graphic Communications

  Business, Management, and Communication

  Computing and Information Sciences

  Engineering and Engineering Technology

  Health Sciences


  Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science

  Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education


Graduate Programs
Undergraduate Programs
English Language Center

RIT awards over $110 million dollars in financial assistance through scholarships and assistantships each year, based upon a full range of traditional financial aid programs and innovative financing plans.  Currently, more than 10,000 RIT students receive some form of financial aid.

Advising and Support

International Student Services Office

The International Student Services office serves as a resource for all international students on visas as well as for members of the campus community seeking cross-cultural assistance. The staff advises students on immigration issues, orientation, helps with adjustment to academic and cultural expectations in the United States and provides cross-cultural programs. In addition, the office coordinates off-campus hospitality through the Rochester International Council.


RIT English Language Center (ELC)

International students who require assistance in their mastery of English in order to succeed in the rigors of their academic program may seek assistance in RIT s English Language Center.   The ELC offers courses in writing, grammar, vocabulary, conversation and reading at several skill levels each semester, as well as courses in presentation skills, computer word processing, pronunciation, business communication and TOEFL preparation, etc. Students may receive individualized instruction tailored to meet their specific language needs.


Life at RIT

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Campus Life

Getting involved in extracurricular activities helps students make friends and become integrated into the vibrant campus community. RIT frequently hosts a variety of musical and theatrical activities on campus, including the Dance Company, Jazz Ensemble, Gospel Ensemble, and Philharmonic. Meetings and events will take place in Java Wally s coffee house on campus, the Student Life Center, and the ESPN Zone in the Student Alumni Union. Wherever students interests fall, from art to music, literature, politics, science, or sports, they should find others at RIT who share their enthusiasm and an activity to fulfill it. Visit

https://events. rit.edu/or

www.rit.edu/campuslife. htmlfor more information.

On-Campus job


As a large University, RIT offers more than 8,000 on-campus jobs each year. International students may hold part-time jobs on campus, not to exceed 20 hours per week due to US government regulations.   The Student Employment Office (SEO) coordinates campus jobs, and students may register with the SEO upon enrolment in classes.   Students on F-1 or J-1 visas may not work off-campus without the permission of the International Student Program Coordinator or The U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Visit

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/seo/for more information.

Clubs and Organizations

Student Affairs currently hosts 250 active clubs, 11 major student organizations, and 30 Greek-letter organizations on campus. RIT welcomes and embraces all of its unique, student operated clubs and organizations. Visit

http://campuslife. rit.edu/main/clubs/allfor more information.


Serving approximately 6,000 students, RIT s campus housing offers many living options including residence halls and apartments to meet the diverse needs, interests and backgrounds of RIT students. On-campus accommodations are available to graduate students (and their families) on a space-available basis.

Housing operations also provides general information on off-campus housing options:

http://finweb. rit.edu/housing/offcampushousing. html


RIT provides transportation across campus throughout the day and evening, with shuttle bus service between the campus and local shopping areas. Taxis and the regional public bus service also serve the campus from a variety of locations, including several major off-campus apartment complexes. Visit

http://facilities. rit.edu/pats/transportation/shuttle. htmlfor more information.

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Food Service

RIT s food service program administers several cafeteria dining options around campus and can accommodate many different dietary requirements such as vegetarian, Halal and Kosher. Visit

http://finweb. rit.edu/diningservices/for more information.

Religious Life

RIT considers spiritual growth an important element in the development of the whole person. Members of various faith traditions work together to serve the spiritual, ethical and personal needs of RIT s students, faculty and staff, with Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and Hindu services offered, as well as for the deaf and hard of hearing. Greater Rochester also has houses of worship representing a wide variety of faiths, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc. Visit

http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/religion/for more information.

The Campus

RIT, the top 15th largest private university in the US enjoys a spacious and open 1,300 acre suburban campus comprised of over 230 buildings, including classroom and administrative buildings, laboratories, residence halls / apartments, student centers, dining halls, athletic facilities, etc, as well as nature trails, forever-wild green space and wooded areas. Visit

http://www.rit.edu/maps/virtualtour/for more information.

Rochester and the Region

RIT s campus sits adjacent to the city of Rochester, located in the western part of New York State, about 585 km from New York City and 300 km from Toronto, Canada.   Known as the

World s Imaging Center, Rochester boasts a comfortable living environment, with museums, entertainment, sports, and beautiful natural attractions. Several Fortune 500 companies call Rochester home, including Xerox, Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, etc, and Rochester serves as an important exporting center for the US.   The region enjoys four distinctive seasons, averaging 26 degrees Celsius in the summer and 0 degrees Celsius in the winter. Visit

http://www.visitrochester. comfor more information.


International Student Admissions

Rochester Institute of Technology

58 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY  14623-5604


585-475-2229 or toll-free within US: 866-260-3950







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Graduate enrolment Services

Rochester Institute of Technology

58 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY  14623-5604

Tel: 585-475-2229 or toll-free within US: 866-260-3950

Fax: 585-475-7164

E-mail: intl_adm@rit.edu