In the loose sense, the term student exchange can include any sort of mobility mechanism by which a UGA student studies at another university or a non-UGA student studies at UGA. More specifically, the term student exchange is used here to describe a reciprocal arrangement where UGA and a partner institution host each other's students, generally at a one to one ratio (1:1), who are then eligible to receive transfer credit.
Reciprocity is an important component of these exchanges and must be considered carefully prior to the formalization of any exchange program. Simply put, we must know that we will be able to send out roughly as many students as we accept from a given school for the exchange to be financially viable. UGA students pay in-state tuition and fees to UGA, and these funds are kept in an account in OIE. When an incoming exchange student comes to UGA, OIE pays that student's tuition and fees with the outgoing student's payment, effectively waiving the incoming student's tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are handled similarly at the partner instituion.
Outgoing students enroll at the partner institution and receive transfer credit upon completion of their studies while on exchange. OIE reviews curriculum at the host institution to determine course equivalency.
English language ability of incoming students is crucial for the viability of an exchange, since at UGA courses are taught in English. UGA also looks for courses taught in English and other language support at the partner institution as a gauge for viability, since UGA students will need a full semester or year of course work abroad to avoid falling behind in their degree objectives.
For further information on forming a student exchange, please see our Develop Partnerships and Proposing Student Exchanges sections. To see current student exchanges at UGA, please visit Explore UGA's Global Activities.