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Welcome International Students

As one of nine colleges at RIT, Saunders College of Business delivers greatness through difference as reflected in our wealth of diversity. At RIT, you will join over 2,700 international students from all over the world, plus 3,200 domestic students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. You will experience firsthand why our international reputation continues to expand through increased rankings and recognitions around the world, while international RIT campuses in Dubai, Croatia, Kosovo, and China underscore our commitment to delivering a global experience.

Experience a leading business program delivering:

  • 94% outcomes rate as recognized by the world's top employers
  • One of the oldest and largest co-op programs with over 4,100 students placed at more than 6,100 employers every year
  • More than $19 million in financial support to approximately 2,200 graduate students
  • #1 student innovation center in the USA
  • A truly global experience with over 2,700 international students at RIT coming from over 100 countries
  • A small college experience where faculty get to know you and your career goals
  • Access to many resources at one of the largest private universities in the nation with nine colleges, plus campuses in Eastern Europe and Dubai
  • Nearly 19,000 Saunders and nearly 125,000 RIT alumni globally

International Students - F-1 STEM OPT 24-month work extension

International students receiving a graduate degree in this program qualify to apply for a 24-month work extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension, under the CIP Code 27.0305-Financial Mathematics in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Questions and Answers: Extension of Optional Practical Training Program for Qualified Students.

Visit our graduate admissions pages for international student to assist you with navigating the application process and specific degree requirements for our graduate programs.

You will find many flexible program options that leverage nationally recognized and top-ranked university resources, quick admissions decisions, generous financial aid, applied real-world classroom experiences, and strong corporate partnerships that deliver the career results your seek.

Discover more resources to help you get started on your way to a graduate degree at Saunders College of Business.

International Support Services

As an international student you get a wealth of resources. With over 200 student clubs to choose from you will be sure to find activities that meet your interests. And offices including International Student Services, Study Abroad, International Scholarships and Fellowships, and English Language Center give you’re the support and confidence to succeed at RIT.

Academic Excellence and Diversity

Academically you have access to a diverse selection of academic programs to compliment your business degree. RIT graduates the second most STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) students in the nation, making Saunders the perfect headquarters for your business education.

We Are Here To Help You

Your decision to study abroad is a major commitment and investment. We are here to help. You will find many resources for international students to help you on your way, including opportunities and events to visit us and experience Saunders College first hand.

When in doubt, please inquire today or contact us so we can answer your questions, and help you find your way to deciding your best path forward in selecting a college and ultimately your career.