University of Rochester
University Info | Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences | Engineering Exchange Info
- The Omega laser Facility is home to two of the world’s most powerful high-energy and high-intensity lasers.
- The Institute of Optics was founded in 1929 as the nation’s first educational program devoted exclusively to optics.
- The University of Rochester is one of the country’s top-tier research universities.
- The University of Rochester is located in the 3rd largest city in New York State and is an hour and a half from Niagara Falls and the border of Canada.
- The University’s a cappella ensembles are among the best in the nation and have performed at the White House and appeared on National TV.
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.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Students must be in their third or fourth year of study during the exchange period.
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 100
- Minimum IELTS score – 7.5
- PTE Academic – 66
- Duolingo English Test – 120
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: early September to late December
- Spring: mid-January to mid-May
- Audio and Music Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Optical Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Graduate-level courses are not available
Course Descriptions & Schedule of Classes
- Students should make every effort to take a minimum of 1 Engineering course
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.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UR can must also complete the following procedures online in addition to providing the below.
- Rochester non-degree student application
- Transcript release form
- Post-secondary transcripts
- Financial documents confirming total available funds for duration of study
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
- NOT Required (unless student does not meet GPA requirement)
Admission will be confirmed within one month of the receipt of the application deadline, and students should receive the admissions documents 6-8 weeks after the application is received.
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.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Attendance
It will increase every semester.
As of 2020-21
|AS&E Comprehensive fee
|Room and Meals average cost
|International student fee
|Lab Fees for some science courses
|Personal expenses estimated
For immigration purposes, students will need to provide approximately $9,727 for one semester and $19,454 for full year attendance. This budget includes items listed above. This amount is subject to change.
Office Responsible for International 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 inquiries please contact:
Center for Education Abroad
Global E3 Contact
Rohan G. Palma
Global E3 Coordinator
2-161 Dewey Hall
Phone: (585) 275-2532
In 2010, USA Today named Rochester one of 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. (Techie.com, 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.