Graduate Exchange Programs

International exchange opportunities for graduate research and study

Indiana University offers international exchange opportunities with top universities around the world 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.

Programs for 2019-2020

Click on the "+" beside the institution name to read more about that particular exchange program.

The Office of International Partnerships does not offer exchange programs with any universities located in the United States or its territories (i.e. the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Before you apply: What you should consider

Participation in a graduate exchange program requires careful consideration and significant preparation. Unlike traditional undergraduate study abroad programs, these exchange programs are less structured and require participants to take proactive action with minimal guidance. 

Important details:

  • Participants must be enrolled in at least one credit hour at IU while they are abroad. These exchange programs do not include fee remissions or other financial aid to cover the costs of enrolling in courses or research credit hours. 
  • Prior participants in semester-long exchange programs may re-apply, but priority is given to applicants who have not previously participated. Prior participants in year-long exchange programs (i.e. for a full academic year) cannot re-apply.
  • International students should determine if they qualify for a visa in the country of destination for the exchange program. 

Before you apply, you should do the following:

  • Meet with your academic advisor. Discuss the pros and cons of participating in the exchange program, including whether or not participation will be beneficial to your degree progress and/or academic and professional goals. Also consider the timing of your potential participation and any obstacles or challenges that might affect that choice. 
  • Meet with an advisor in the Office of International Services if you are an international student. Determine if you are eligible to participate. Find out the enrollment requirements to maintain your visa status while you are abroad.
  • Determine if you have sufficient financial resources to maintain enrollment at IU during the period of your participation in the exchange. Ask your department about how your participation might affect any existing financial support you are receiving from IU or other sources (e.g. scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships). Research your eligibility for other financial aid. 
  • Consider other "hidden" costs such as sub-leasing your apartment and storing personal possessions while you are abroad.

Application guidelines

Applicants may be graduate students from any discipline, department, or campus who are making normal academic progress. As a reminder, before applying, students should be certain they will be able to maintain enrollment at IU during the period of the exchange and have sufficient funds available to cover the costs of such enrollment; these exchange programs do not include fee remissions or other financial aid to cover the costs of enrolling in courses or research credit hours.

Online Application Components

For the online application, applicants should be prepared to provide the following:

  • Indicate that they have met with their academic advisor 
  • If their country of citizenship is not the United States, confirm that they (1) have met with the Office of International Services, and (2) would be eligible for a visa to study or do research in the country where the program is located 
  • Indicate their language proficiency level if a foreign language is required to participate in the exchange program
  • Upload a brief proposal (600-900 words, double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins) that describes 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 you plan to focus on research, you should identify a faculty member(s) at the partner institution with whom you would like to work during you stay and mention that in your proposal. Please note that the Office of International Partnerships will not review a draft of your proposal prior to submission. The GradGrants Center, a free service open to currently enrolled IU graduate students, can review your proposal and offer feedback.
  • Upload PDF copies of transcripts for all college and university coursework completed at IU or another institution.

Required Recommendations

The applicant must also ask two faculty members to submit a statement or letter of recommendation to the Office of International Partnerships. If a faculty member agrees to be a recommender for you, you should send the recommender a copy of your proposal so that they reference details from it in the recommendation. Recommendations should be submitted by email to or by campus mail to Shawn Conner in Bryan Hall 104. Recommendations are accepted up to 14 days after the application deadline.

Language Evaluator

If foreign language proficiency is 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. The evaluation form must be submitted by the application deadline. Scores from a language assessment exam offered by a foreign language department/program are a reasonable substitute; scan and email a copy of your scores to by the application deadline. 

Access the language evaluation form

The application deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Funding for exchange participants

IU graduate students selected to participate in an exchange receive funding to cover most of their expenses. For all programs, Indiana University covers the cost of airfare. Participants will receive a living stipend from either IU or the partner institution. The partner institution either provides housing or directs participants to online resources for housing.

All funding support from IU is posted as a fellowship award to exchange participants' bursar accounts approximately ten days before the start of the semester in which the student will be traveling abroad. Any outstanding charges on the bursar account will be deducted from the fellowship award, and students will receive a refund on any remaining funds. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have direct deposit set up with the Bursar. The IU Office of International Partnerships will not handle any refund checks issued by the Bursar; there are no exceptions to this policy.

For the majority of programs, exchange participants will need to book their flights before the fellowship award posts to their bursar account. In exceptional cases, the IU Office of International Partnerships may request that the Bursar post awards earlier; such requests are not always granted, however.