About ten percent of our graduate student body is made up of international students from around the globe. They join a community that is welcoming and respectful of each individual’s background and culture.
In order to study at Bryant, international students must obtain a student visa. To be eligible for a student visa, you must apply and be accepted to one of our graduate programs. For more information, please see the information labeled F-1 VISAS here.
There are limited on-campus housing opportunities for graduate students; most choose to rent a room or apartment in Smithfield or Providence.
The public bus system Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is the main way students without cars travel around the area. Bus No. 52 goes from the Smithfield campus to downtown Providence every 40 minutes. Other destinations include the Lincoln Mall, The Crossing at Smithfield, Providence T.F. Green International Airport, and the Providence train station.
Employment while at Bryant
International students are not allowed to work off campus during their first year of study. However, there are two types of part-time employment opportunities on campus:
- Graduate assistantships: These competitive positions offer the opportunity to work with an academic department providing research services in exchange for tuition remission.
- Working on campus: A number of opportunities are posted on the student job board.
The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program allows international students who are in the U.S. with an F1 student visa to be employed in a field directly related to their course of study for a period of one year after graduating. If you are interested in pursuing OPT opportunities, contact the Intercultural Center (ICC) shortly after arriving on campus to find out about important deadlines and paperwork and to secure eligibility.
The Intercultural Center (ICC) advocates for international students and their educational pursuits. It is responsible for compliance with immigration regulations for the University and serves as the home of the Multicultural Student Union and the International Student Organization.
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