Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Overview

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological research university. Rensselaer offers more than 145 programmes at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Students are encouraged to work in interdisciplinary programmes that allow them to combine scholarly work from several departments or schools.

The university provides rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environments and campus-wide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and creativity. For almost two centuries, Rensselaer has maintained its reputation for providing an undergraduate education of undisputed intellectual rigor based on educational innovation in the laboratory, classroom, and studio.

Driven by talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded the research enterprise by leveraging our existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas biotechnology and life sciences, energy and the environment, computational science and engineering, nanotechnology and advanced materials and media, arts, science and technology. The Institute is especially well-known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Key Information


Exchange students pay tuition and fees to their home institution. Housing, transportation, visa expenses and insurance fees must be paid directly and are the responsibility of each student unless otherwise noted. Exchange students are responsible for the following fees:

Student Activities Fee: A student activities fee of approximately $329 per semester will be added to your Rensselaer student account. This fee covers membership to the Rensselaer Student Union and is required of all full time students; details can be found at the website of the Rensselaer Union

Health Centre Fee: All registered students must pay a Health Centre Fee of approximately $292 per semester which covers visits to the Student Health Centre.

RPI/CDPHP Health Insurance Plan: All students must enrol in the RPI/CDPHP plan. The cost of the insurance plan for 2014-2015 is $544 per semester and will be billed to your Rensselaer student account.


On-campus housing - coordinated through the Residential Life Office at Rensselaer. It is assigned on a space-available basis and is not guaranteed, except to freshman students.
Rensselaer encourages international students to reside on campus to help you become accustomed to American culture and learn about the services that are available to you both on and off campus.
Benefits of on-campus housing include:
• Convenient access to academic facilities.
• Furnished rooms
• Utilities are included (heat, electricity, water, internet service, television and phone).
• Close proximity to athletic and recreational facilities.
• No deposit required; room charges will be included in your Rensselaer student bill.

Should you decide to live in on-campus housing you are committed to that living space for the entire academic year once signing the Rensselaer Housing Contract with the Residential Life Office.

For more information regarding on-campus housing, see:

Off-campus housing - If you intend to live off-campus you should arrive by early August. You should be prepared to pay a deposit and perhaps buy or rent furniture and household items. We strongly urge you not to sign any lease or contract for off-campus housing unless you fully understand the terms of the lease. Leases or contracts cannot be broken without financial loss to you.

The Student Union maintains listings of many current opportunities for off-campus accommodations. It is available online here:

More detailed information will be included in your acceptance packet.


Semester 1 Semester 2
 24th August 2015 - 18th December 2015  25th January - 20th May 2016

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.