Rhodes College believes that study abroad is an integral part of a liberal arts education. It also believes that all students, regardless of means, should have the same opportunities to experience the world.
Beginning next calendar year, the College, through the Buckman Center, will maintain a list of Institutional Affiliate Programs for Rhodes students to attend for one semester with no additional tuition or fees. Students pay tuition, room, and board (in some cases, partial or no board) as normal to Rhodes, utilizing their federal and institutional aid, and receive tuition, room, and board (or, partial or no board, depending on the program) while on the program. Naturally, our own semester-long European Studies program is included in this list.
Additionally, the College will maintain a list of exceptional programs which, though not formal Institutional Affiliates, are available via a petition process. Successful petitioners will enjoy the same benefits as with Affiliate Programs. Because the Rhodes faculty-led “Maymester” offerings occur during the summer, when there is no institutional aid available, students may be eligible for both need-based awards through the Buckman Center and applicable federal financial aid.
Semester- and Year-Long Programs
Students may study off-campus on a one-semester or year-long Rhodes Program, Exchange Program, or Affiliated Program. In general, students pay tuition, room, and board to Rhodes and receive tuition, room and board on the program (there are some differences, depending on the type of program; these are specifically noted in the sections below). Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for these programs. In any given year, Rhodes offers over 350 such options for off-campus study.
Rhodes Summer Programs
Rhodes College’s commitment to international and cross-cultural study is most powerfully expressed in its programs abroad. Every summer, Rhodes offers a variety of faculty-led programs which vary year to year. A current list of these programs is available on the Buckman Center's website. Rhodes institutional aid is not portable for these programs, though there is certain federal/state aid for which students may be eligible; students should inquire with the Financial Aid office about these options. Additionally, a limited number of need-based study abroad scholarships are available from the Buckman Center. Students may apply for these through the Buckman Center's website. Credit earned on these programs is Rhodes credit.
Rhodes College has established several scholarship funds with which to support its students on study abroad programs. There are both need-based and merit-based awards available. Award decisions are based upon a combination of financial need, academic merit, and program choice. Applicants may apply for multiple Rhodes scholarships; however, only one Rhodes Study Abroad scholarship will be awarded per student recipient. Additionally, Rhodes students are encouraged to research scholarship opportunities administered by other organizations. For more information, please see our Study Abroad Scholarships page.
Program Fees and Billing
European Studies is a semester long study abroad program offered jointly by Rhodes and The University of the South which takes place from mid-summer through late fall. For over thirty years, the program has offered the unique experience of studying in a variety of locations in Europe within a special and quite different learning environment. The program's three options, "Medieval and Renaissance Europe", "Contemporary Europe", and "Classical Studies/Ancient Greece and Rome" are available on a rotating basis of two Options each fall. The program begins in July with three weeks of study at Rhodes College or The University of the South with Rhodes and Sewanee faculty. The students then travel to England where they spend four to six weeks with British and European instructors at Lincoln College, Oxford. The program closes with the two Options departing for their Option-specific destinations (the Medieval and Renaissance Option spends five weeks of extensive travel in Western Europe, accompanied by British tutors in Art History. The same is true for the Classical Studies Option, though travel is predominantly in Greece and Italy. The Contemporary Option offers a place-based experience on the Continent with six weeks in Berlin staying with German families and then three weeks in Strasbourg, France, accompanied by Rhodes and Sewanee faculty.) Students pay tuition, room, and board to Rhodes and receive tuition, room and board on the program. Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for European Studies. Credit earned on European Studies is Rhodes credit.
Rhodes Exchange Programs
Rhodes College has formal bilateral exchange agreements with The University of Antwerp, Belgium; The University of Poitiers, France; Nebrissensis University, Madrid, Spain; The University of Tübingen, Germany; The University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany; The University of Aberdeen, Scotland; The University of Kent, England; The University of Lima, Peru; Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; and The Iberoamericana University in Puebla, Mexico. Students pay tuition (in some case, room and board) to Rhodes and receive tuition (in some cases, room and board) on the program. Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for these programs. Exchanges can occur in any discipline and can range in length from one semester to one academic year. In most cases, exchange students are matriculated directly into the host institution and pursue courses with host country students. Credit earned on exchange programs is treated as transfer credit. The number of students who can participate on exchange programs is limited.
Rhodes is also a member of ISEP (The International Student Exchange Program), an organization of more than 200 colleges and universities located throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and Latin America. Students pay tuition, room, and board to Rhodes and receive tuition, room and board on the program. Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for these programs. Exchanges can occur in any discipline and can range in length from one semester to one academic year. In most cases, exchange students are matriculated directly into the host institution and pursue courses with host country students. Credit earned on exchange programs is treated as transfer credit. The number of students who can participate on exchange programs is limited.
Rhodes Affiliated Programs
In addition to Rhodes Programs and Exchange Programs, Rhodes has Affiliated Partnerships with numerous other colleges, universities and international organizations. Students participating on an Affiliated Program pay tuition, room, and board (in some cases, partial or no board) to Rhodes and receive tuition, room and board (or partial or no board) on the off-campus program. Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for these programs. Credit earned on Affiliated programs is treated as transfer credit.