Apr 24, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Special Programs and Opportunities

Special Programs and Opportunities


Alumni Advantage Program

Lenoir-Rhyne University alumni who complete their bachelor’s degree or another graduate degree at an earlier time at Lenoir-Rhyne and who meet the following criteria are eligible for a 10% tuition discount on all graduate courses taken toward satisfying graduate degree requirements at Lenoir-Rhyne in specified programs. These discounts are applicable only toward courses that are taken after completion of one’s undergraduate degree and only on graduate hours that are taken toward completion of the particular degree requirements. The university reserves the right not to offer discounted credits in particular programs and certain programs do not offer the Alumni Advantage program. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate alumni.

Graduate Alumni

Lenoir-Rhyne University alumni from previous graduate level studies are also eligible for course discounts of 10% on all Lenoir-Rhyne graduate hours taken toward degree completion if they return for another graduate degree that participates in the Alumni Advantage program.

To receive the discount, the student must be accepted as a degree-seeking student and enrolled into the particular approved graduate program as outlined in the university’s admissions policies and procedures. This offer does not imply or ensure admissions into any of the university’s graduate programs. The discount only applies to hours taken toward meeting the requirements of the degree. This discount may not be combined with any other graduate discounts or scholarships furnished by Lenoir-Rhyne. The discount is applicable to any participating graduate program on any of the university’s three campuses. This discount policy does not apply to post-baccalaureate courses that are not a part of a graduate degree, such as postbaccalaureate teacher licensure or the Dietetics Internship program. It does not apply to any second undergraduate degree hours. As Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is now a part of Lenoir-Rhyne, all returning LTSS alumni are also eligible for this offer.

Lenoir-Rhyne reserves the right to discontinue this discount opportunity at any time; however, if the university decides to end the offer, current students under the plan will receive the discount for a reasonable amount of time to allow them the opportunity to complete their current program.

The William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education

The mission of the Shuford Center for International Education (SCIE) is to stimulate, develop and support initiatives and programs, abroad and on-campus, which equip students with the cross-cultural skills and awareness of global issues they will need for gainful employment and service in the world. The SCIE promotes semester- and year-long study abroad programs; short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs; and a rich set of affordable summer opportunities as well. The SCIE also provides immigration services for Lenoir-Rhyne’s international degree-seeking and exchange students and provides for their acculturation and integration into life at Lenoir-Rhyne. The SCIE organizes a wide variety of on campus initiatives to promote intercultural learning and meaningful interaction between U.S. and international students including overseeing a residential learning community called the Global Village.

Lenoir-Rhyne University, through the William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education, is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Education; the Institute for International Education (IIE); Diversity Abroad; The Forum on Education Abroad; International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP); and the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC).

Study Abroad Programs

Lenoir-Rhyne University sponsors study abroad student exchange programs at more than 150 institutions in over 50 countries around the globe. Through Lenoir-Rhyne’s agreements with exchange partners, students are registered for classes at Lenoir-Rhyne and receive credit for the course work they complete while abroad. Students may use their Lenoir-Rhyne financial aid for any of these exchange programs. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be approved for study abroad.

Lenoir-Rhyne professors also lead short term study abroad programs during spring break or during May, June or July. The costs of these study programs vary from program-to-program.

Contact the Director of the William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education at 828-328-7375 for more information on study abroad programs.

International Student Services

The William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education (SCIE) provides immigration services to F-1 visa holding students and J-1 visa holding international students. The SCIE staff will assist with information about:

  • Immigration regulations for J-1 students and scholars
  • DS 2019s and J-1 visas
  • Health insurance for J-1 visa holders
  • Employment on campus for J-1 visa holders
  • Academic matters for J-1 visa holders
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Academic training for J-1 visa holders

Exchange visitors should contact Brittany Marinelli, Director of International Education at 828-328-7375 for more information. 

  • Immigration regulations for F-1 visa-holding students
  • I-20s for F-a visas
  • Health insurance for international athletes and all other F-1 visa holders
  • Employment on and off campus for F-1 visa holders
  • Academic matters
  • Optional practical training
  • Curricular practical training

Degree-seeking international students should contact Eric Brandon, Director of International Admissions and Special Projects at 828-328-7301 for more information.