The Academic Exchange program allows eligible PhD students to take advantage of faculty, classes, and research centers at 25 partner institutions. Participants must receive institutional approvals from both the home and host institutions. The Exchange students will register at their home and host institutions, but will only pay tuition to the home institution (occasionally fees may apply). For students taking coursework, all grades earned at the host institution will be reflected on your official transcript.

Students who wish to participate in Academic Exchange programs should carefully review the eligibility requirements below and contact the GRAD Exchange team with questions.

 

Information for University of Chicago students:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • University of Chicago students who wish to take courses at other universities through the BTAA, CMEP, or IvyPlus Exchange programs (explained below) must be enrolled full-time in a PhD program at the University of Chicago.

Other Factors to Consider:

  • Students may only take classes at host institutions that are not offered at the home institution.
  • Eligible students should first consult with their academic adviser who will determine whether the opportunity is likely to enhance the student’s course of study.
  • Traveling scholars may not exceed two consecutive semesters or three quarters regardless of the number of courses taken. Any extensions to an approved exchange enrollment agreement will require a separate application form.

Application Process:

After you have determined your initial eligibility, you must decide which exchange program you plan to apply through. The list of universities affiliated with each program can be found below. Once you have chosen a program, you will then fill out and submit an application through that program website. Detailed information, procedures and application instructions specific to each program are provided on the respective program website linked below. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application to GRAD Exchange at least six weeks before the start of the academic term.

Exchange Programs:

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Traveling Scholars Program: This program is for University of Chicago students who wish to take a course or conduct dissertation research at:

  • Northwestern University
  • University of Illinois
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • University of Wisconsin Madison

Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program (CMEP): The program is for University of Chicago students who wish to take academic courses at:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago

IvyPlus Exchange Scholars Program: University of Chicago students who wish to take a course or conduct dissertation research with the following participating institutions:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

 

Information for Visiting Students:

Visiting students who wish to take courses at the University of Chicago through the BTAA, CMEP, or IvyPlus Exchange programs must be enrolled full-time in a PhD program at their home institution.

  • Students may only take classes at host institutions that are not offered at the home institution.
  • Eligible students should first consult with their academic adviser at the home institution who will determine whether the opportunity is likely to enhance the student’s course of study.
  • Traveling scholars may not exceed two consecutive semesters or three quarters regardless of the number of courses taken. Any extensions to an approved exchange enrollment agreement will require a separate application form.
  • Visiting students should submit applications to their home institution’s Exchange coordinator at least six weeks before the start of the academic term, and possibly earlier. Your home institution’s coordinator will submit the application to the host institution. For more information about submission deadlines, visit the program website:

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