Rhode Island College welcomes international students who add to the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of our campus community.
Special admission procedures are required of international students. For purposes of admission, an international student is defined as a student who is studying or wishes to study in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa. This definition does not include permanent residents (who can supply a copy of both sides of the resident alien card) or refugees. For additional information please visit our website at http://www.ric.edu/admissions or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. International applicants who are transferring from another U.S. college or university must notify the registrar of the "sending" institution of their plans to transfer to Rhode Island College.
Rhode Island College is an exclusive member of the Common Application. All students applying for undergraduate admission, including international students, must complete the Common Application and Rhode Island College supplement.
- A completed Common Application and RIC Supplement. This includes the required 250-word college essay and $50 nonrefundable application fee. The Common Application may be completed/printed online at www.commonapp.org
- International students currently living or studying in the U.S. must also supply a home country address on the application
- Official copies of all academic records with a certified evaluation and English translation.
Declaration and Certification of Finances Form is required before final acceptance. Students must show funds available to cover the cost of one year's tuition, room and board, fees and books. 2012-2013 total cost: US $31,190
- English Language Proficiency
Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS for students whose native language is not English is required. SAT scores may be required for students whose native language is English.
Freshman & Transfer deadline- June 1
Students seeking on campus housing should have all materials in prior to March 1. Housing is guaranteed for new freshmen who have been admitted and enrolled prior to May 1.
Transfer deadline- November 15
On-campus housing may be available for the spring semester.
Financial Guarantee Statement
The United States government requires all international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before a formal letter of admission or the forms needed for obtaining a visa will be issued. International students are also required to have health and accident insurance. The cost of university-provided insurance will be added to the student's fees unless he or she presents proof of adequate coverage.
Each applicant relying on personal or family support must furnish, at the time of application, an original financial-guarantee letter – preferably a bank letter – indicating the sponsor's name and address and verifying the ability to pay the annual cost in education-related expenses for the first academic year. This document must be verified by bank seal. It is crucial for students to submit their financial-guarantee letters with their applications if they wish to receive notification of admission in the timeliest manner possible.
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service rarely allows students to work off-campus, and employment opportunities are further limited by legislation that requires holders of student visas to be full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours for graduate students each semester). International students may be eligible for on-campus employment.
Where to Have Educational Credentials Evaluated
Rhode Island College requires all students to have any coursework completed outside the U.S. translated and evaluated by an accredited agency. This includes members of NACES and AICE. The credential evaluation is a very important step in the application process and does require a significant amount of time (generally 4-6 weeks). You must contact the agency directly. In the past, international applicants have used:
Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
P.O. Box 199
Boston MA 02117
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Toll Free 800-937-3895
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee WI 53203-3470
The Rhode Island College International Student Office is an official resource for international students who are currently attending or applying to Rhode Island College. The International Student Office will help you find answers to your specific questions about U.S. government forms, the process of entering and leaving the country, employment requests, Practical Training, financial needs, taxes, health, housing, academic and personal problems.
The International Student Office is located in the Faculty Center and the advisor is Dr. Audrey Olmsted email@example.com.