University of Rhode Island

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Founded in 1892 URI is the main public research university in Rhode Island and ranked in top 150 US institutions. Its diverse academic portfolio can be seen in being one of the few US institutions to have land grant, sea grant and urban grant status!

University of Rhode Island CampusComparable in student population to Reading, its 1,245 acre campus and surroundings can offer study abroad students a unique American land, sea and urban experience. Its campus is a mixture of old and new, with all facilities and amenities being centrally and easily accessible.

Students can select modules from all academic disciplines, and full academic and pastoral support is provided by the Office for International Education. On-campus accommodation is available.

Based in Kingston, it is located less than 45 km from the state's capital (Providence) and offers an ideal base for visiting New York City (3 hrs), Boston (1 hr) and exploring the North East USA. URI can offer you a traditional slice of Eastern Seaboard life and a true Northern American campus experience!

URI information:

Who can participate?

All Reading subjects that allow Study Abroad that are taught at URI
Entry requirements:

Minimum 55% average

Semester dates:
  • Semester 1: September - December
  • Semester 2: January - May
Reading application deadlines:


Cost of Living:  URI suggest a minimum $10000 per semester (based on 2016/7 application form)
Additional Costs:
  • Visa is required to study in the US
  • Will need to take out compulsory insurance - either from URI or alternative (see insurance section in money matters page).
NB - Eligible students might be able to recoup costs through Student Finance
Further Information:
Student's experiences at URI:

Additional information:

  1. Students must be nominated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office before the University of Rhode Island will accept any application.
  2. Students who request to study abroad for a full academic year when their degree has a term / semester option available will receive a lower priority for places than students who choose the term / semester option.
  3. If there are more students wanting to study at URI than places available all of the following (where applicable) will be taken into consideration in making decisions regarding the allocation of places:
  • Capacity constraints at partner institution
  • Academic performance
  • Personal Statement
  • Spread of subjects
  • Subject Study Abroad coordinator comments
  • Duration of Study Abroad placement
  • Previous engagement / contact with ESAO


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"...I would recommend studying abroad, particularly at the University of Rhode Island, to anyone. My only regret is that I was not able to stay longer..."

Thomas Kennedy, BA Politics & International Relations


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