About the International Honors Program (IHP)
The International Honors Program (IHP), a Richmond affiliate program, offers a rigorous curriculum utilizing experiential learning, site visits, and case studies to examine the global issues of the 21st century. Affiliated with the School for International Training (SIT), the IHP program allows students to examine a thematic topic in multiple countries during the semester or year (countries visited depends on program selected). For more information, please see: http://www.ihp.edu.
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- The UR philosophy for academic study abroad is to have students stay in one place for the semester. In this way, students gain a deeper understanding of the local context and culture. However, as IHP programs offer a unique perspective, focusing on comparative global health and world systems, there are limited placements available on IHP multi-country programs. NOTE: This program is typically capped at 4 placements per year. IHP is competitive, and applications to IHP programs will be reviewed on an individual basis to ensure that the student is well-suited for the IHP program. Students may also be interviewed by UR faculty as part of the application process.
- An overall GPA of 3.0 and at least one related course to one of the regions and/or program theme is generally required.
- Students interested in IHP programs should have junior or senior standing for the period of study abroad. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester on campus at Richmond.
- Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the IHP program to count towards their business degree. Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse. RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
- Note: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disiplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.
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See IHP website for details about the IHP academic structure, which you should carefully read to make sure IHP is the right program for you. Programs available include "Cities in the 21st Century," "Health and Community," "Climate Change," and "Human Rights." Any newly added IHP programs may be considered for availability to Richmond students on a case-by-case basis.
Depending on the program selected, students take courses in the following subject areas: Anthropology, Ecology, Economics (A & S), Environmental Studies, Healthcare & Society, International Studies, Political Science, Public Health, Social Policy & Administration, and Urban Studies. For course details specific to each site, consult the IHP website at http://www.ihp.edu.
Students on IHP programs normally take 16 credit hours/semester. All credit will be transferred back to UR using the Conversion to Units system.
To determine the unit value of an IHP course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's Office: semester hours/3.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit. A 3-semester credit course will be transferred back to Richmond as .9 units. A 4-semester course will be transferred back as 1.2 units.
Students are graded using the U.S. system. Credit for grades lower than "C" will not be transferred back to the University of Richmond.
Students live with host families in the local community, whenever possible.
Dates and Costs
Click on the link to learn more about Dates and Costs for IHP.
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Students applying for IHP programs will need to complete the online UR Office of Int'l Education application (by clicking the "Apply Now" button above), which may include an interview by a UR faculty member designated to work with UR students applying for IHP programs (applicants will be contacted with details if required). After receiving conditional acceptance by UR, students will also need to complete an IHP application. To make this dual-process easier, the Office of International Education will forward your official UR transcript to IHP so that you do not have to request this.
Although Richmond does not require any recommendations for this program, if approved then you will need to provide one recommendation as part of the IHP application. Instructions will be provided to approved students at a later date in the post-decision program checklist.
Students should apply early, if possible, to allow time to complete both applications, as IHP programs are known to fill early. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are required to apply for the appropriate visas prior to departure. Do this early! For more information, contact IHP.
For More Information
To learn more about IHP programs available, contact Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education.
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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.