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Information for Exchange Students

Information for Exchange Students

Overview

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Princeton University has established exchange agreements with the institutions listed below that allow students from these universities to attend Princeton for study or research programs. Please note, Princeton does NOT accept short-term visiting students except those from recognized exchange partners.

  • Bocconi University, Milan, Italy;
  • CentraleSup é lec, Paris, France;
  • Delft University of Technology;
  • ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland;
  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Paris, France;
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China;
  • University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain;
  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China;
  • University of Oxford (Biochemistry, and Engineering), Oxford, England;
  • University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

Students arriving on the exchange are fully integrated into university life and have full access to all the services that Princeton offers. Academically, students will be assigned to a primary department based on their academic interests (for Engineering students, normally students should plan to take at least 50% of their courses in the School of Engineering). However, pending adviser approval, students can oftentimes take any additional courses for which they have the necessary academic preparation or background.

Academics

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Students will receive assistance in selecting and registering for courses from the Departmental Representative in their primary department at Princeton as well as from the exchange student adviser in the Office of International Programs. All enrolled students also will be assigned to a residential college where they will have advisers as well.

Undergraduate students at Princeton normally take 4 courses across a range of disciplines and exchange students for the most part will be required to take a full course load. The exception will be those students attending as research students who will register for Field Study and take a varied number of courses depending on their research work load.

For specific course offerings in all departments, please consult Princeton University Course offerings database.

Please also see the Exchange Student Guide for more detailed information about course structure and academic expectations at Princeton.

Calendar

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For Princeton University's full calendar, visit the Registrar's website.

Please be aware exchange students will be required to arrive a few days before the start of the semester for orientation.

  • Fall semester or Full Academic Year: Students must arrive between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the first day of classes.
  • Spring semester: Students must arrive between noon-5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the first day of classes.

Students arriving earlier than required will need to make alternative housing arrangements until the official start date of the program. Students may not arrive later than the official start date except in certain emergency circumstances.

Apply Now

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The application process for incoming students is as follows:

1. First, you must apply through your home institution and be nominated to participate in the exchange.

2. Next, apply through Princeton's online Global Programs System (GPS). Scans of all required documents are accepted. Detailed instructions are available in GPS, but applications generally include:

  • Exchange Student Application for Visa Certificate Form
  • Academic Information & Research Background (if applicable)
  • Billing Information
  • Exchange Program Essays
  • Résumé /CV
  • Official Home School Transcript
  • Passport-Sized Electronic Photo
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Proof of English language ability (if relevant)**

Your home institution may require additional documents so please consult with them before applying.

Applications are due to Princeton by October 1 for spring semester or by April 1 for fall semester of full academic year. However, each individual institution will have their own application deadlines so please consult with them about these dates.


To apply in GPS, please do the following:

  • Go to Princeton's Global Programs System
  • Click on Programs in the top menu.
  • With a simple search, change Show: Outgoing to Show: Incoming and then click Search.
  • Click on Academic Year Incoming Exchange to see all basic information about the program.
  •   If you wish to apply, click the Apply Now button and you will be guided to create an account in the system.
  • The application items needed will be listed and you can see what has been submitted.

We will not finalize any application until we receive an email from your home university exchange coordinator nominating you for the exchange.

**English language ability: A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, or a 7 on the IELTS is required for students applying from Bocconi University, CentraleSupélec, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, University of Cantabria, Tsinghua University, and the University of Tokyo.These scores will be required at the time of nomination to attend Princeton. Exceptions may be made for native English speakers.

Finances

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Expenses

Tuition is covered by the exchange program. Students will generally be required to pay their room, meals, books, and other personal expenses.

For 2019-20 these estimated costs are:

Room:

  • Full Year Fee: $10,090
  • Semester Fee: $5,045

Meal Plan:

  • Full Year Fee: $3,540
  • Semester Fee: $1,770 (Block 95 plan)

International airfare:

  • Full Year Fee: Depending on where you fly from, this could be anywhere from $800 - $1,800
  • Semester Fee: Depending on where you fly from, this could be anywhere from $800 - $1,800

Books:

  • Full Year Fee: $800 - $1000
  • Semester Fee: $400 - $600

Princeton Health Insurance Plan:

  • Full Year Fee: $1,900
  • Semester Fee: $950

Books and personal expenses:

  • Full Year Fee: $4,500
  • Semester Fee: $2,200

Payment

Through an arrangement with Western Union Business Solutions, Princeton University provides international students with an alternative method of paying student account bills. This payment method allows you to pay your bill in the currency of your choice and provides a simple and reliable way of initiating payments electronically. The service offers favorable exchange rates compared to most banks and no transaction charges are added by Western Union or Princeton University. Since the transfer is initiated locally, you may experience a reduced bank fee compared to a traditional international wire payment.

Go to GlobalPay for Undergraduate Exchange Students to make your payment or to obtain an exchange quote in your local currency.

Please note:

  • You will need your Princeton Student ID number to make the payment. Your Princeton Student ID number is a nine-digit number that starts with 9.
  • Anyone (a parent/guardian, your university, your bank) can make the payment as long as they have your information.

Campus Life

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Student Life

Exchange students have the same access to libraries, computing facilities, and health services as do regularly enrolled students. The campus hosts numerous student events and guest speakers, from the world famous to more esoteric experts. These events are open to all Princeton community members including exchange students. In addition, residential colleges hold regular student events and activities that exchange students will be invited to attend.

There are many student clubs to join: special interest groups, cultural and religious groups, pre-professional groups, performing arts groups, and sports clubs. For those chocolate lovers, there is even and Institute of Chocolate Studies. In short, no matter what your interests or affiliations you will likely find a group where you share those interests with fellow Princeton students.

Housing & Dining

Exchange students during the academic year will all be housed on the campus. Short-term research students (those staying for less than one full semester) will be housed with local host families organized for you.

Princeton on-campus housing consists of Residential Colleges and upper class student housing. We advise exchange students to live in Residential colleges because of the rich student life and additional advising that occurs in the colleges. However, we do allow students with upper class student status (3rd year or 4th year students) to choose upper class housing. All students will at a minimum be affiliated with a Residential college and will receive some advice and be included in their college activities.

Meal plans of various kinds can be chosen after acceptance to Princeton. Information on these can be found on Princeton's Dining Services website.