International Transfer Agreements, Scholarship Assistance Enhance Educational Opportunities for Graduates

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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In keeping with its commitment to expand educational opportunities for its students, Raritan Valley Community College signed two new international transfer agreements during the 2016-2017 school year. The agreements with the University of the West of England and the University of Lincoln join with other international signings in the past few years—including with The American University of Paris and the University of Greenwich—in offering graduates the opportunity to complete their Bachelor’s Degree outside of the US.

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 UWE to complete their Baccalaureate Degree.

“The signing of the agreement with the University of the West of England is an exciting step forward in expanding transfer options for our graduates and creating opportunities for them to experience all of the advantages of studying abroad. This far-reaching agreement enables any RVCC student, regardless of major, who is enrolled in an Associate Degree program and maintains the requisite GPA, to continue their studies at a prestigious university in England,” RVCC President Michael J. McDonough said at the time of the signing.

The partnership with the University of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, which was formalized 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. RVCC graduates also benefit from a 20 percent discount off tuition for each year of study at the university.

“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,” Professor Tim Hodgson, Head of School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, said when the agreement was signed.

For graduates looking to continue their education a little closer to home, RVCC has partnered with Chestnut Hill College (CHC) in Philadelphia to offer transfer and scholarship opportunities. According to the agreement that was signed in March, RVCC graduates continuing their studies at CHC may be eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $12,000-$19,000 for full-time students, depending on their GPA and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Discounted tuition, with the amount based on a student’s Grade Point Average, is available for part-time students and those attending CHC’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

Last fall RVCC also signed transfer agreements with Millersville University in Pennsylvania and Rider University in Lawrenceville. The agreement with Rider enables students in 18 different majors to seamlessly transfer to the university to complete their Bachelor’s Degree. The agreement, which was signed in September, covers majors that focus on such areas as Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Nursing, Education, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Business Administration, English, Communication Studies, Mathematics, Liberal Arts, and Social Science. Students who are members of RVCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society also may be eligible for scholarship aid.

The agreement with Millersville University provides for the seamless transfer of RVCC students who are interested in continuing their studies in the areas of business, communication, and speech communication.

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