International Transfer Agreements Enhance Educational Opportunities for RVCC Graduates

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Avery Library at University of Greenwich

In keeping with its commitment to provide enhanced educational opportunities for its students, Raritan Valley Community College has signed several international transfer agreements with four-year colleges in Europe. These agreements expand transfer options for graduates, enabling them to experience all of the advantages of studying abroad.

In recent months, RVCC has signed two new agreements with colleges in the United Kingdom—the University of the West of England and the University of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. These agreements join with others signed in the past few years, including with The American University of Paris and the University of Greenwich in London.

The agreement with the University of the West of England, Bristol, signed this past winter, enables students who complete their Associate Degree from RVCC to seamlessly transfer to the University to complete their Baccalaureate Degree. The far-reaching agreement enables all RVCC students, regardless of major, who are enrolled in an Associate Degree program and maintain the requisite GPA, to continue their studies at the British university.

The agreement with the University of Lincoln, which was signed last fall, enables students who receive an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts – Social Science Option from RVCC to seamlessly transfer into the level two of the BSc (Hons) Psychology program at Lincoln. As an added benefit, RVCC students transferring to Lincoln receive a 20 percent discount off tuition for each year of study at the University.

“We are absolutely delighted to have secured this agreement with Raritan Valley,” Professor Tim Hodgson, Head of School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, said when the agreement was signed. “We look forward to welcoming students from Raritan to our campus in the heart of a beautiful historic English cathedral city and developing links with faculty members in the US.”

In August 2013 RVCC signed its first international agreement with the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom, paving the way for RVCC graduates to seamlessly transfer to the London-based university that educates students from over 140 countries. The agreement gives RVCC graduates the opportunity to study in London for two years and earn a degree in such subject areas as business, liberal arts, computing and math.

RVCC continued to expand its global reach in October 2013 with the signing of a transfer agreement with The American University of Paris (AUP), guaranteeing junior status to RVCC graduates with Associate of Arts and Science degrees. The agreement is designed for RVCC graduates who are interested in transferring to AUP programs in such areas as art history, comparative literature, computer science, literary studies, entrepreneurship, film studies, history, psychology, global communication, international business administration, philosophy, politics and economics, international economics, and international finance. All classes are taught in English.

“Studying abroad has been a great experience,” said Cody Noble, who graduated from RVCC in 2014 and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies at The American University of Paris. “I've met a variety of students from around the world including China, Lebanon, Egypt and of course France. As such, the experience has allowed me to learn about things from outside the US and to hear new perspectives as well as share my own.”

With the RVCC-AUP agreement in place, “Thankfully, all of my credits transferred with me to AUP. This has given me a great leg-up over some of my fellow classmates who have had to retake certain classes including math and English,” Noble continued.

For additional information about RVCC’s international transfer agreements, contact Paul Michaud, RVCC’s Director of Transfer & Career Services, 908-526-1200, ext. 8333.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit



June 15, 2017

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383