Study abroad is not just for some students: it’s for all students, no matter your background, your major, your hobbies, or your preferences. Rutgers offers 180 study abroad and service-learning programs for students in every world region. Reach out to us!  

Application Deadlines

Program Term  Deadline
Summer, Fall, and Academic Year February 1 or March 1 (Check your individual program page for specific deadline dates)
Fall Embedded August 1
Winter October 1
Spring  September 1 or October 1 (Check your individual program page for specific deadline dates)
Spring Embedded December 1
**Please note, some programs may have earlier deadlines. Check Program Pages for exact dates.**

Which program is right for me? Questions to ask yourself… 

  1. What are my academic, professional, and personal goals? 
  2. How long and when should I go abroad?
  3. Do I prefer a more structured experience or do I prefer a full immersion experience?
  4. What courses should I take abroad? Am I looking to receive elective or major/minor credit? 
  5. Do I understand the program costs and financial aid available?
  6. Have I read about the Access the World Initiative which offers 30+ study abroad programs at or below Rutgers cost? 

Let's get started! 

Step 1: Programs  

Explore our available programs on our website. Search by term, subject, or location. Pay attention to possible GPA or language requirements (common for programs in Spain or Japan) and possible prerequisites (sometimes necessary for short-term programs).  

Step 2: Advising 

Attend a drop-in virtual study abroad advising session Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays | 1:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M EST, Wednesdays | 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. EST for general information. Reach out to a former study abroad participant to hear about their experiences and insights. Student Ambassadors 2024 

Sign-up for a program-specific information session (all events are listed at the bottom of the Advising & Events webpage.)

Step 3: Academic Planning 

Talk to your Academic Advisor about your plans and potential courses abroad. Check out the Course Equivalency Database to see what courses have been pre-approved. If you want to take courses that have not been pre-approved, seek approval through the proper department/faculty. 

Step 4: Finances 

Attend a virtual study abroad finance session and look through our Scholarship Database for other funding sources. 

Step 5: Application 

Create and submit your study abroad application by the deadline. (Please check out the Program Information page to see the exact deadline.)

Step 6: Program Deposit 

Pay the required post-acceptance program deposit. This is due within 2 weeks after the application deadline. 

  • Short-Term: $350. 
  • Semester/AY: $500

Other Resources

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Types of Programs

Semester and Academic Year Programs +

These programs are total immersion experiences that allow you to enroll in a local university or provider study center for a semester or the full academic year.

  • Take a full course load (minimum of 15 Rutgers credits) of classes that may fulfill major, minor, and/or elective requirements.  
  • For most programs, you are able to take courses in English. Some programs (mainly in Spain and Japan), require foreign language abilities. 
  • Utilize full financial aid and/or Rutgers scholarships.

Summer Programs +

Summer programs are short-term experiences that run during the summer terms. They consist of:

  1. Structured programs created and led by Rutgers faculty or through a program provider.
    • Set courses that fulfill major, minor, and/or elective requirements.
    • Usually include organized site visits and trips to experience as a group.
  2. Programs that allow you to enroll directly in a local university.
    • Pick courses from the university's summer course catalog that may fulfill major, minor and/or elective requirements.

For both options, you will have the chance to expand your network and experience local cultures with fellow students. You may also be able to utilize financial aid.

Winter Programs +

Winter programs are short-term structured programs that run over winter break. They are created and led by Rutgers faculty or through a program provider. These programs have set courses that may fulfill major, minor, and/or elective requirements. They also allow you to experience local cultures with fellow students.

Embedded Fall/Spring Programs +

These programs are 3-credit Spring/Fall courses that include an international, 1-credit travel component that happens during term breaks or right after terms. Some embedded opportunities only consist of the 1-credit international travel experience and do not require students to be enrolled in a Spring/Fall class.

They are created and led by Rutgers faculty. 

Real World Experiences


Rutgers students study abroad all over the world each year. They return with exciting stories of their travels, from learning a new language to exploring their own identity in a new culture. Study abroad can be one of the most transformative experiences of your life. But don't just take it from us—read and watch these Rutgers student stories and see for yourself.

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Study abroad students are people with thoughts, feelings, experiences, and expressions. In this Facebook series, study abroad students “tell all” about their time abroad. #RUHoSA


Study abroad students often return with a desire to tell their fellow students about their experiences. Our Global Ambassadors are returned study abroad students who can answer your questions and concerns about study abroad.

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Rutgers Global - Studying Abroad at Rutgers

This tutorial video explains information regarding advising, academic planning, finances, and the application process for Rutgers Global–Study Abroad programs.