Graduate Exchange Programs

Exchange opportunities for graduate research and study

Indiana University offers exchange opportunities with top international universities for graduate students enrolled on any IU campus. The majority of these programs are intended to support independent research by connecting the participating students with resources and mentors at the partner university. In some cases, participants may be able to enroll in or audit courses.

Applications are accepted during the Fall semester each year, with participation the following academic year. The number of available exchange slots for each exchange program is limited. As a result, the selection process may be competitive for certain programs. Students interested in applying for a particular program should review the description below.

Students are encouraged to check with their departments and schools about other international opportunities.

Semester & Academic Year Programs for 2017-2018

  • CHINA: Peking University

    Peking University (PKU), located in Beijing, ranks among the top universities in China. Considered to be a leader in the basic sciences, the university also has highly-ranked programs in the applied sciences, social sciences, humanities, management, and education. PKU has more than 200 research institutes and centers, including 12 national key laboratories.

    This program is intended for independent research at PKU for one semester. The first semester begins approximately the first week of September and ends the third week of January. The second semester begins the third week of February and ends the last week of June.

    Applicants should have a clear research agenda that PKU can accommodate. Although preference will be given to applicants with Chinese language proficiency, applicants who lack Chinese language proficiency may be considered if their research interests align with specific faculty research interests at PKU. The Office of International Partnerships provides funds for the cost of round-trip airfare and a stipend for accommodations, insurance, and living expenses. PKU will recommend housing options for participants.

  • COSTA RICA: University of Costa Rica

    The University of Costa Rica (UCR) is located in San Pedro in the province of San Jose.  It is a comprehensive university with over 39,000 students and is one of the leading universities in Central America. UCR houses 26 research institutes and offers a full range of academic programs in agricultural sciences, arts and letters, basic sciences, engineering, health sciences, and social sciences.

    This program is intended for independent research at UCR for one semester. Spanish language courses are not covered under the exchange agreement. The first semester begins the last week of February and ends the last week of June. The second semester begins the first week of August and ends the first week of December.

    Applicants should have Spanish language proficiency and have a clear research agenda that UCR can accommodate. The Office of International Partnerships provides funds for the cost of round-trip airfare and will provide the participant with a living stipend and insurance coverage for the time of their stay. UCR will recommend housing options for participants.

  • GERMANY: Free University of Berlin

    Free University of Berlin (FUB) is one of Germany's top universities under the German Excellence Initiative. It is ranked #1 in Germany for the study of the humanities and has leading programs in the social sciences, health sciences, natural sciences, and area studies. 

    Academic Year Program through the Office of International Partnerships

    This program, administered by the Office of International Partnerships, is intended for independent research or course work at FUB for one academic year (mid-October to mid-July). Three positions are open each year to graduate students on any IU campus. Students may also apply for one semester, but preference will be given to applicants who intend to stay for the academic year.

    Applicants must have a clear research agenda or course of study that FUB can accommodate. Preference will be given to applicants with German language proficiency. Applicants who are not proficient in German will be considered for this program if their particular research interest aligns with those of faculty members at FUB.

    Study & Research at FUB: What You Need to Know

    Please note that the majority of academic programs at FUB require high German proficiency. Students who intend to take courses or engage in research in German are required to submit the Foreign Language Report provided in the online application for the IU-FUB Graduate Exchange Program.

    A six-week intensive German language course will be offered before the beginning of the winter semester. Basic knowledge of German is required. For further details, please review information available on their website. The course fee will be approximately 500€. German language courses which are offered during the semester are free of charge. If you wish to participate in a German language course, you have to take a placement test which is offered during the orientation period shortly before the semester starts. Without this test, exchange students are not eligible to take language classes.

    Areas of study open to exchange students include:

    • Department of Biology and Chemistry
    • Department of Earth Sciences
    • Department of Education and Psychology
    • Department of History and Cultural Studies
    • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Department of Philosophy and Humanities
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Political and Social Sciences
    • Institute for East European Studies
    • Institute for Latin American Studies
    • John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies


    Severe restrictions apply in Law, Business Administration, and Economics. Students in most professional master's degree programs in these fields are not eligible to participate.

  • MEXICO: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), located in Mexico City, is the second highest ranked university in Latin America and one of the most recognizied universities in the region. UNAM is a comprehensive institution with faculties of accounting and administration, architecture, chemistry, economics, engineering, law, medicine, odontology, philosophy and literature, political and social sciences, psychology, veterinary medicine and animal sciences, and sciences. It is particularly outstanding in the humanities and social sciences. Scientific research at UNAM is divided between faculties, institutes, centers and schools, and covers a range of disciplines. All research centers are open to students from around the world.

    This program is intended for independent research or course work at UNAM for one semester. The academic year runs from early August through early May.

    Applicants must demonstrate high proficiency in Spanish and have a clear research agenda that UNAM can accommodate. The Office of International Partnerships provides funds for the cost of round-trip airfare and will provide the participant with a living stipend and insurance coverage for the time of their stay.

    Due to continued threats to safety and security in Mexico, exchange participants are required to sign an "Assumption of Risk and Release from Liability" form specifically for this exchange program. Participants that choose to visit any area of Mexico covered under the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, including eastern portions of greater Mexico City, beyond the scope of the IU-UNAM exchange program will assume the risks of such travel.

  • POLAND: Jagiellonian University

    Jagiellonian University (JU), founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland. It is located in the historic city of Krakow and has close to 50,000 students. It has leading programs in law, philosophy, linguistics, Polish language and literature, and natural sciences.

    This program is intended for independent research or study for one semester. One position is open to IU graduate students each year. The academic year runs from late September through the end of June.

    Applicants should have a clear research agenda or course of study that JU can accommodate. Although preference will be given to students with Polish language proficiency, students who are not proficient in Polish language may be considered. Polish language courses are not included under the exchange agreement. The Office of International Partnerships provides students with funds to cover the cost of round-trip airfare. JU provides a fee waiver for tuition and a stipend to cover housing and meals. Student dormitories are available to exchange students. Please note these are two person rooms.

  • POLAND: University of Warsaw

    University of Warsaw is Poland’s largest university with close to 60,000 students and is one of the top universities in Poland. The university is located in downtown Warsaw, the capital of the country. University of Warsaw has strong programs in Polish Studies, social sciences, linguistics and a variety of research institutes.

    This program is intended for independent research or study for one academic year. One position is open to IU graduate students each year. Students may also appy for one semester.

    Applicants should have a clear research agenda or course of study that University of Warsaw can accommodate. Although preference will be given to students with Polish language proficiency, students who are not proficient in Polish language may be considered. Polish language courses are not included under the exchange agreement. The Office of International Partnerships provides students with funds to cover the cost of round-trip airfare. University of Warsaw provides accommodations and a living stipend.

  • SOUTH KOREA: Sungkyunkwan University

    Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), a private institution in Seoul, is the oldest university in East Asia and ranks among the top 250 universities in the world. SKKU’s two campuses accommodate more than 4,200 academic staff and 35,000 students. SKKU offers a full range of academic programs in liberal arts, law, social sciences, economics, business, education, art, natural sciences, applied sciences, biotechnology and bioengineering, sport science, and medicine. Research institutes and core academic programs include East Asian Studies, global business administration and economics, interaction sciences, software, energy sciences, and nanotechnology.

    This program is intended for independent research at SKKU for one semester. The first semester begins approximately the first week of September and ends the third week of December. The second semester begins the first week of March and ends the third week of June.

    Applicants should have a clear research agenda that SKKU can accommodate. Although preference will be given to applicants with Korean language proficiency, students who are not proficient in Korean language may be considered. The Office of International Partnerships provides funds for the cost of round-trip airfare and will provide the student with insurance coverage for the time of their stay. SKKU provides board, lodging, and tuition, or a stipend to cover the cost of these items.

  • THAILAND: National Institute of Development Administration

    National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) is Thailand’s most prestigious graduate school for public administration and business. NIDA's MBA program is the most highly ranked in Thailand. NIDA has almost 9,000 students and is located in Bangkok.

    This program is intended for independent research or study for one academic year. One position is open to IU graduate students each year. Students may also apply for one semester. Many business and language/communication courses are offered in English. Thai language courses are included under the exchange agreement.

    Applicants should have a clear agenda or course of study that NIDA can accommodate. The Office of International Partnerships provides funds for the cost of round-trip airfare and will provide the participant with a living stipend and insurance coverage for the time of their stay. NIDA will recommend housing options for participants.

  • TURKEY: Bogazici University (Suspended)

    The exchange program with Bogazici University has been suspended until further notice.

    Bogazici University (BU), founded in 1863, and is located in the historic city of Istanbul. It has close to 12,000 students. eading programs in law, business and management, economics, medicine, Turkish language, and natural sciences.

    This program is intended for independent research or study for one semester. BU's academic year runs from late September through the end of May. One position is open to IU graduate students each year.

    The language of instruction at Bogazici University is English. Applicants should have a clear research agenda or course of study that BU can accommodate. Students in Turkish language, literature, and related areas of study must confirm their Turkish language proficiency as part of the application process. Turkish language courses are offered under the exchange. The Office of International Partnerships provides students with funds to cover the cost of round-trip airfare. BU provides a fee waiver for tuition and registration fees. Student dormitories are available, and the number of students in the rooms varies.

  • U.K.: University of Manchester, Rylands Research Institute

    The John Rylands Research Institute is a unique partnership between The University of Manchester Library and the Faculty of Humanities to conduct new research into the University's Special Collections. The Special Collections contain some of the most significant printed books and manuscripts ever produced, alongside remarkable archive collections, visual material, and maps.

    The printed collections encompass almost all the landmarks of printing through five centuries: magnificent illustrated books, examples of fine printing, landmark works in typography, key historical texts and exquisite bookbindings. The Library holds over 4,000 incunables, including the largest collection of Aldines in the world and the second largest collection of works printed by Caxton. They also cover a wide range of subjects: theology and philosophy; literature, drama and music; art and archaeology; science and medicine; economic, social, political and military history; travel and exploration.

    The Library's manuscript collections cover more than fifty languages, including all the major European and Middle Eastern languages, and numerous Far Eastern ones. They span five millennia, and are written on virtually every medium ever employed. The subject range is vast, encompassing literary, historical, antiquarian, genealogical, biblical, devotional, ritualistic, medical, scientific, legal and administrative texts. The Library also holds several hundred archives of companies, business associations, trade unions, charities, social organizations and religious institutions, as well as landed families.

    Particular strengths include Nonconformist archives (especially of Methodism); archives of recent and contemporary literature and drama; the archives of the University of Manchester; and the papers of individual scientists and academics.

    The program is restricted to doctoral students and is intended for independent research at the Rylands Research Institute for one semester. Two positions are open each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that is appropriate for use of the Special Collections. The Office of International Partnerships provides funds for the cost of round-trip airfare and will provide the participant with a living stipend and insurance coverage for the time of their stay.

Application Guidelines

Applicants may be graduate students from any discipline, department, or campus who are making normal academic progress.

For the online application, the student should be prepared to upload the following:

  • A brief proposal (2-3 pages) that describe the intended activities for study, research, and/or professional development. The proposal should make a compelling case for how the exchange program will constitute an integral part of a well-conceived graduate degree program. If possible, applicants should identify a faculty member(s) at the partner institution with whom they would like to work during their stay.
  • PDF copies of transcripts for all college and university coursework completed at IU or another institution.

The applicant must also ask two faculty members to submit recommendations online by the application deadline. In addition, if required for the exchange program, the applicant must ask a qualified evaluator (e.g. current or former instructor) to submit an online form attesting to the student's foreign language proficiency. See the next section for more information about these requirements.

The application deadline for AY 2017-2018 is November 4, 2016.

Funding for exchange participants

IU graduate students selected to participate in an exchange receive funding to cover their expenses. Indiana University covers the cost of airfare, and participants receive a reasonable living stipend from either IU or the partner institution. For all programs, the partner institution provides housing or helps participants make housing arrangements.