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  • Locations: Rochester, NY, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Audio & Music, Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Geomechanics, Optical
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

University Info   |   Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences   |   Engineering Exchange Information

The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Our 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 11,100 students—approximately half of whom are women.

Learning at the University of Rochester is also on a very personal scale. Rochester remains one of the smallest and most collegiate among top research universities, with smaller classes, a low 10:1 student to teacher ratio, and increased interactions with faculty.

The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is one of the nation’s top engineering schools housed in a first-rate research university. Learning from and working alongside award-winning faculty, our students use state-of-the-art technology and facilities to support their unique and self-driven education.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students: Accepted
  • Graduate Students: NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors: Accepted


Fall, Spring, or Academic Year


English Proficiency:

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global students.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Paper-based - 600
  • Internet-based - 100
Also accepted:
  • IELTS minimum - 7.0
  • PTE Academic minimum - 66

Disciplines Available:

• Audio and Music Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Geomechanics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Optical Engineering
• Optics

Additional application materials?

Procedures for incoming students online.

Application deadline:

  • I-20
  • Rochester non-degree student application
  • Transcript release form
  • Post-secondary transcripts
  • Financial documents confirming total available funds for duration of study

When will students receive their acceptance package?

Admission will be confirmed within one month of the receipt of application deadline, and students should receive the admissions documents 6-8 weeks after the application is received.


Semester Dates

  • Fall: Early September to approximately December 23
  • Spring: Mid-January to mid-May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |   Schedule of Classes

Workload per semester

Immigration regulations require you to be enrolled in a full-time program of study while participating in the Rochester exchange program. Depending on the number of credits assigned to the classes you choose, that means that you must register for at least three or four classes totaling: at least 12 (to 18) credits if you are an undergraduate at your home institution.

Grading System

Letter Grade Meaning Grade Points
A Excellent 4
A-   3.7
B+   3.3
B Above Average 3
B-   2.7
C+   2.3
C Minimum Satisfactory Grade 2
C-   1.7
D Minimum Passing Grade (Note: D+ and D-
grades may not be used for courses in the
School of Engineering)
E Failure 0
Academic Transcripts

One copy of the official transcripts will be sent to the students’ home institutions upon completion of the semester(s) at University of Rochester. Transcripts can be ordered through the NSC Transcript Ordering Center. Electronic transcripts are $3.25 per destination address. Hard copy transcripts are $2.25 per destination address with up to 10 copies per destination address. FedEx options to international destinations are $52.25.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Your on-campus and off-campus housing needs can be addressed through the University's Office for Residential Life and Housing Services. They can assist you with applying for on-campus housing, meal contracts, and preparing for living in a University dorm. Their office also has staff available to help with off-campus housing.

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

Students are able to participate in UR Orientation which takes place 5-7 days before the first day of class. 


Entry Visa

Please visit our website for information on obtaining a F-1 visa.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

The University of Rochester has extensive health resources in place, including access to trained healthcare providers and state-of-the-art facilities through the Strong Memorial Hospital system.

Health insurance is mandatory and plan needs to meet minimum UR standards. Waiver requests can be submitted directly to UHS with appropriate documentation.

Students will need to sign up for health insurance. Students will also be charged for mandatory health fee.


When should I arrive?

Arrival date is determined each year according to Orientation schedule. We will notify students of arrival date after they are accepted into the program.

When you arrive in Rochester, please report to your department at the University and visit the ISO as soon as possible.  For certain individuals, the ISO is required by federal immigration law to report your arrival at the University and verify your valid nonimmigrant status:

Is airport reception available?

Fall orientation includes airport pick up for international student arrival day. Students will need to take public transportation for Mid-Year Orientation in spring.

The University of Rochester is located just minutes from the Rochester International Airport and other transportation hubs in the city.  If you are unable to arrange for someone to meet you at the airport, taxi services are available at all times.  A typical fare is approximately $10 to $20, depending on the number of passengers and baggage.  It is customary to give the driver a small tip (approximately 10% to 15%, or $2 to $3).  Alternatively, many area hotels offer free shuttle service to their guests, either pick-up from the airport or transportation to University campuses

Is there any bank on campus?

Yes, information about how to open a bank account will be provided at the orientation each semester.

Representatives will be available during orientation.

It is a good idea to open a US bank account as soon as you arrive to deposit your money rather than keep a lot of cash with you. American banks provide a convenient and safe place to keep your money because they have insurance on all funds kept in them. Many Americans pay their expenses with a debit/check card or checks from their personal checking account. There are several banking options available on-campus, and many more in our surrounding areas. Feel free to shop around for the best services and interest rates that will suit your needs! On-campus locations include:

Chase Bank: Branch offices are located on-campus in Todd Union, River Campus, and in the Medical Center. ATM terminals are also available behind the Rush Rhees Library and at 3 other locations within the hospital.

Advantage Federal Credit Union: ATM terminals are available in Susan B. Anthony Hall, River Campus, and in the Medical Center lobby entrance on Crittenden Blvd. Their local branch office is at 1625 Mt. Hope Ave. (map)

HSBC Bank: An ATM is located on the 2nd floor of Wilson Commons, River Campus. However, there is NO physical branch office located in the Rochester area. An account would need to be opened prior to arrival and all banking would need to be coordinated online.


Cost of attendance - Information on academic, personal, and other expenses

It will increase every semester :

As of 2016-17

Exchange Fees Amount
Mandatory Health Fee $282
Health Insurance Fee $1,230
Standard room rent $4,505
Average meal plan $2,500
International Student Fee $25
Mail Center Box Rental $29
Housing Social Fee $7

For immigration purposes, students will need to provide approximately $9,971 for one semester and $20,352 for full year attendance. This budget includes items listed above.  This amount is subject to change. 

Food/meals - Information on dining options and meal plans

Housing - Information on housing options and rates

Local Transportation - Public and Local Transportation Options


Office responsible for incoming exchange students

For Immigration Matters please contact:

International Services Office
General Inquiries & Student Services
Phone: (585) 275-2866
Fax: (585) 275-2943

For Administrative Inquiries please contact:

Center for Education Abroad
Office Hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Office Location: 2-161 Dewey Hall
Phone: (585) 275-2866

For Engineering curriculum and courses Inquire please contact:

Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Global E3 Contact
Rohan G. Palma
Undergraduate Global Initiatives Coordinator
301 Lattimore Hall
Phone: (585) 275-2354


In 2010, USA Today named Rochester one of the the top-ten college towns among mid-sized metropolitan areas. A number of sources rate Rochester highly in terms of technological climate, including:
  • Among top metro regions for number of patents (Brookings Institute, 2013)
  • One of the"Ten Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation" in U.S. (, 2013)
  • Named the 7th "brainiest" large metro in the nation (Lumosity, 2013)
Driving Distances to Rochester
Boston                         390 miles (6 hrs 15 min)
Chicago                      600 miles (9 hrs 45 min)
Cleveland                   260 miles (4 hrs 10 min)
New York City          330 miles (5 hrs 35 min)
Philadelphia             340 miles (5 hrs 30 min)
Toronto                      170 miles (3 hrs)
Washington, DC      400 miles (7 hrs)
Snow is certainly a fact of life here; Rochester averages about 93 inches of snow a year. Winter sports enthusiasts can try their hand at cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Bristol Mountain, even curling. There are also plenty of places to escape from the winter weather: take shelter in the city's coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, movie theaters, and museums. For music lovers, Rochester is home to a surprising number of concert venues for a medium-sized city, from grand theaters to a thriving club scene.

Once the snow melts, Rochesterians head out to the city's parks and area lakes for some well-earned spring time recreation. Located on the historic Erie Canal and the Genesee River, and just five miles south of Lake Ontario, Rochester offers plenty of sailing, canoeing, and hiking opportunities.

During the spring and summer months, Rochester's neighborhoods come alive with festivals and arts fairs, including the Lilac Festival in Highland Park, the Park Avenue Festival, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, and the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester has professional baseball (Red Wings), hockey (Amerks), and soccer (Rhinos) teams. And did we mention—there's a waterfall in the heart of downtown. Regional Transit Service buses, the University shuttle bus, and the UR Special all serve the campus, making the City of Rochester—and all it has to offer—available for students to explore.

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