Office of Global Engagement

Telephone: 706-542-2900

Reciprocal student exchange programs are developed in order to enable the exchange, usually 1:1, of students between the University of Georgia and a partner institution abroad. Incoming international exchange students are admitted to UGA as non-degree seeking students; likewise, outgoing UGA students enroll as transient students at an approved partner institution and transfer completed coursework back to UGA. The process for proposing a student exchange is as follows:


UGA faculty consult with partner colleagues about potential student exchange
UGA faculty consult with International Partnerships (IP) about exchange, including fit with current exchange portfolio
UGA faculty should be familiar with the academics and environment at partner institution and may wish to visit campus


UGA faculty submit Proposal for Student Exchange to the Director of Education Abroad 12 months before expected exchange commencement
Home department/center and college at UGA review proposal
UGA Student Exchange Committee reviews  proposal


IP or UGA faculty reach out to partner with student exchange templates or reviews partner templates
IP negotiates revisions to terms of contract
IP clears contract terms with Office of Legal Affairs


One institution initiates signature and sends partially signed agreements to partner
Second institution signs agreement and returns fully signed original to partner
IP coordinates routing for signature and keeps agreement


Student exchange commences
UGA faculty help to recruit students for exchange and maintain contact with colleagues at partners
UGA Student Exchange Committee reviews student exchanges that come up for renewal
Agreement may be renewed if appropriate


Requirements and Recommendations for Student Exchange:

  • Academically rigorous coursework in a properly accredited institution
  • Non-native English speakers coming to UGA meet UGA's English requirements
  • Sufficient demand at each university to attend the partner institution
  • Balanced exchange ration with sufficient tuition and fees from outgoing students to cover incoming students
  • Compatibility of academic calendars
  • Safe environment for studies and other activities
  • Opportunities to study in a region or country or a field of study not sufficiently served by other exchanges
  • Avoidance of concentration in certain high-demand disciplines without the permission of the specific UGA department and college