Exchange Programs

Georgia State has over 45 exchange partnerships with universities around the world. Exchange study abroad students are GSU students who travel to a host university overseas and enroll in courses at one of our partner universities. In return, a student from our partner university comes to GSU to enroll in courses. Although exchange programs tend to be semester or academic year long endeavors, there are a limited number of summer exchange program opportunities with some of our overseas partner universities. Students participating in exchange programs enroll at the foreign university and take classes in either the host language or English. Exchange programs are among the most cost-effective study abroad options because students pay GSU tuition & fees instead of a program fee. Students who do exchange programs have a more student-driven experience since they choose the classes they’ll take, arrange their housing, travel & student visa (with help from the host university’s international office), and have a lot of freedom to engage in extracurricular activities at their host university and travel.

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If you're interested (or think you may be interested) in a semester or academic year exchange program, it's best to start planning as early as possible. That's not to say it can't be done in a shorter amount of time, but by starting the process early you ensure that you don't miss any important scholarship deadlines, make sure you'll be able to take classes towards your degree.

1. Attend Study Abroad 101

Attending a Study Abroad 101 Info Session is your first step to study abroad! In this info session you'll get a good grasp of how study abroad works at GSU, what kinds of programs are available & tons of scholarship resources! Study Abroad 101 info sessions are held twice daily in our office: Monday - Friday, 10 AM & 3 PM

2. Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor

After attending a Study Abroad 101 info session, you can meet with a Study Abroad Advisor during daily walk-in advising hours from 9:00 - noon & 1:00 - 5:00 PM when classes are in session. Meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor can help you narrow down your focus, introduce you to exchange programs of interest, and provide you with resources. View the complete advising schedule here.

You should also take this time to meet with your Academic Advisor, so you know what core & elective credits you have left and where studying abroad fits into your degree plan. Think about your goals and what you'd like to get out of your exchange program and make sure to read over our list of things to consider when choosing a study abroad program.

3. Contact the Program Director

Expressing your interest to the faculty member in charge of your exchange program will make you a more memorable applicant! Plus they can answer any questions you have about the program because they work directly with our partner universities. Program director contact info can be found on the program's online brochure page.

4. Explore Resources for Exchange Students

Embarking on an exchange study abroad program is a lesson in independence. Even though you have the support of the Study Abroad Programs Office and your department/college, it can at times feel like a lonely and confusing endeavor. Please make sure to explore the website of your host university to familiarize yourself with where to find information (it can be tricky navigating a foreign university's website), what your housing options are, the host city you'll be living in, etc.

5. Submit Program Application

Program applications typically open at the beginning of the semester before your intended start date. Exchange application deadlines vary, so please pay attention to the deadlines listed on the program's brochure page. Login here to complete your application through our online application portal. Make sure that each component of the application is complete. If you have any questions about how to apply for a study abroad program, please contact our office at

6. Apply for Scholarships

  • October 15th 2016: Deadline for Spring 2017 IEF & GES scholarships. Please see our scholarships page to learn about other study abroad scholarships you may qualify for.
  • September 6th 2016: If you're a Pell Grant recipient & your program is 28+ days in country, attend the Gilman Workshop to learn about this scholarship opportunity!
  • October 4th 2016: Need help funding your study abroad? Attend the How to Afford Study Abroad Workshop!

Accepted Student Next Steps

Once you’ve been accepted to a program, learn about the next steps for Accepted Students!

Accepted Student Next Steps