Exchange Programs

Georgia State has over 45 exchange partnerships with universities around the world. Exchange study abroad students are Georgia State 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 Georgia State 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 Georgia State tuition and 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 and 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. Meet with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor

Meeting with a Peer Advisor is your first step in studying abroad. Study Abroad Peer Advising will help you get a good grasp of how study abroad works at Georgia State, what kinds of programs are available, and the scholarship resources.  View our virtual advising schedule here.

2. Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor

Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure your credits transfer in and readjusting to life back on campus when you return. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor.

2. Meet with Your Academic Advisor

You should also take this time to meet with your Academic Advisor, so you know what core and 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.

4. Contact the Program Director

Expressing your interest to the faculty member in charge of your exchange program will make you a more competitive 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.

1. 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.

2. 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

3. Apply for Scholarships

  • Please see our scholarships page to learn about the IEF and International Access Scholarships as well as other institutional & national study abroad scholarships you may qualify for.
  • Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to go over your scholarship essays and get tips specific to writing study abroad scholarship essays.
  • Need help funding your study abroad? Check our calendar for upcoming workshops like How to Afford Study Abroad and Scholarship Essay Workshops.

Accepted Student Next Steps

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

Accepted Student Next Steps