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Student Exchange Program
Student Exchange Programs (SEP) are available to students coming from one of UC’s partner institutions abroad. SEP participants pay tuition directly to their home institution.
- A signed official agreement must be in place with your university for you to participate on one of our Student Exchange Programs.
- If you are not sure if an agreement exists, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC operates on the semester calendar, 15 weeks in one semester, running from late August to late December. Students typically earn 3 semester credits or the equivalent of 6 ECTS credits, or roughly 12 credits in the UK and Australian systems.
Students should meet with their home university’s international office to explore the possibility of studying abroad. We require all students to be nominated by their home institution via email to email@example.com at least one month prior to the application deadline.
Partners should include the student’s legal name, email address, home institution, year of study (i.e. 2nd, 3rd, 4th), and subject of interest (i.e. Engineering, Business) when nominating students. Partners should only nominate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher (based on the U.S. grading scale) and who have met the English Proficiency requirement.
Students will be sent a link to our online application once nominated. They will be required to submit the supporting documents electronically as part of the application.
Program Application Deadlines
- Fall Semester: April 1
- Spring Semester: October 1
All exchange students remain enrolled as regular degree candidates at their home institution and are not enrolled for degrees at UC. Exchange students from partner institutions do not have to pay tuition to UC; they pay their home institution's tuition.
UC International Student Fee
All international exchange students are required to pay the UC International Student Fee. This fee covers costs associated with U.S. government compliance, orientation, and a mandatory health screening.
Exchange students may be required to pay other fees (ex. lab fees) for the use of non-academic or non-obligatory facilities. A list of these will be sent to your exchange coordinator before your application is approved Campus facilities will be available to exchange students under the same conditions and, where applicable, at the same incidental fee as for domestic students.
Cost Breakdown (per semester)
- Tuition: Home Institution tuition, paid to home institution.
- Living Expenses: $5,834
- International Student Fee: $125
- Health Insurance: $1,180
- Total: $7,139
Documents You'll Need to Apply
- A completed application
- A Financial Certification Form
- A bank statement or an official letter from your bank stating that you have financial support
- An academic record or transcript
- English Proficiency Test Scores
- A Statement of Purpose
- A Portfolio in PDF format if you are applying to Design, Architecture and Interior Design, or Fine Arts
- A copy of the information page of your passport
Countries that meet the English Language Requirement
The following countries meet the English Language Requirement:
- Grand Caymen
- Irish Republic
- New Zealand
- St. Kitts
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent Grenadines
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- Virgin Islands