113 Carruth Rizza Hall
International Student Advisor
Denise Barger, Brenda McKissick
International Student Services
To promote multi-cultural awareness, the university actively seeks international students. In recognition of their unique needs, the office of international initiatives admits international students, providing support services, such as orientation to the United States and Slippery Rock University; immigration information and assistance (processing work for visa and passport renewal, extensions of stay, work permits, etc.); support for the Internations Club; registration; counseling and personal adjustment problems; and community liaison services.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Slippery Rock University provides students with a global understanding of the world so that they may gain the international understanding necessary to be informed citizens. The university encourages its students to explore the appropriateness of studying abroad. This can be an integral part of the students’ university experience, providing personal growth, cultural understanding and job opportunities.
Study abroad programs are conducted during the academic year, summer, and during winter vacation. Over 250 students annually study overseas. The following represents the current study abroad opportunities with which Slippery Rock University is formally associated.
Australia (Melbourne) – Established in 2001, students can earn 12-15 credits studying at Victoria University.
Austria (Vienna) – This popular overseas program is located in beautiful Vienna, Austria, where students can earn 12-15 credits each semester. Emphasis is on German language, and culture, and music.
Bulgaria (Blagoevrad) – Established in 1992 with the American University in Bulgaria. Students may earn 12-15 credits per semester.
China (Nanjing) – Established in 2001 with Nanjing University. Students can earn 12-15 credits per semester in Chinese language, history, and culture. (A minimum of one semester of Chinese is required.)
Costa Rica (San Jose) – Students can earn 12-15 credits per semester studying at the University of Costa Rica.
England (Middlesburgh) – Established in 1991 with Teesside University. Students majoring in business and liberal arts may earn 12-15 credits per semester.
France (Cannes) – Students can earn 12-15 credits per semester studying at The College Internationale de Cannes. Emphasis is on French language, culture, history and business.
Germany – Since 1982 students fluent in German may study at 1 of 12 German universities earning 12-15 credits per semester in their major and German.
Hungary (Budapest) – Established in 1989 with the Semmelweiss University, physical education students can earn 12-15 credits during the spring semester.
Ireland (Dublin) – Education majors student teaching in the fall semester can teach in selected Irish public schools and live with Irish host families.
Ireland (Limerick) – Students can spend the fall semester at the University of Limerick where they can earn 12-15 credits in liberal arts, physical education, and business.
Japan (Osaka) – Kansai Gaidai University and Slippery Rock University have exchanged students since 1979. Students can earn 12-15 credits per semester in Japanese language, business, social sciences, and humanities (a minimum of one semester of Japanese is required).
Korea (Chuncheon) – Established in 1988 with Kangwon National University, students can earn 12-15 credits per semester emphasis is on Korean language and culture. (A minimum of one semester of Korean language is required.)
Mexico (Mexico City) – Established in 1996 with Iberoamericana University in Mexico students may earn 12-15 credits per semester.
Poland (Poznan) – Established in 1994 with the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. Students can earn 12-15 credits per semester in art.
Russia (Moscow) – Established in 1993 with the Pushkin Institute where students can earn 12-15 credits per semester. (A minimum of 1 semester of Russian is required; summer intensive Russian language classes are available).
Scotland (Edinburgh) – Established in 1991 with Queen Margaret College. Students majoring in communications may earn 12-15 credits per semester.
Slovakia (Bratislava) – Established in 1991 with Comenius University and the Academy of Fine Arts. Students majoring in liberal arts and art may earn 12-15 credits per semester.
Spain (Seville) – Every semester students can study in Seville at the Institute of International Studies, associated with the University of Seville, where they can earn 12-15 credits. Emphasis on Spanish language, culture, history and business.
Wales (Aberystwyth) – Established in 1997 with Aberystwyth University. Students can earn 12-15 credits per semester in all majors.
International Business Internships
Every summer students may secure internship positions in England and Scotland for 10 weeks, earning up to 12 credits working for British companies, organizations or multinational corporations.
Summer courses are offered by Slippery Rock University professors at eight overseas centers. The programs vary from three to four weeks, and three-to-nine credit hours may be earned. Current summer programs are conducted in:
- Canada (Stratford, Ontario)
- Costa Rica (San Jose)
- England (London)
- France (Cannes)
- Ireland (Dublin)
Selected courses will have an overseas component during January or March.
Honors Cultural Seminar
During spring vacation selected honors students will be provided a cultural experience in an international setting.
Financial aid received by students may be applied to SRU sponsored programs. Special travel stipends are available to SRU students. The office of international initiatives also provides students with assistance in making travel arrangements, passport application, international student I.D., and international youth hostels.