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Domestic Programs

sunset in Hawaii

Photo credit: Alliyah Lusuegro '19 (Hawaii, University of Hawaii, fall 2018)

Domestic Exchange

The Domestic Exchange Program allows Swarthmore students the opportunity to spend a semester away as an exchange student at one of four domestic U.S. institutions:
Middlebury CollegeMills CollegePomona College and Tufts University. As an exchange student, you will live in college housing and carry a full academic course load at the host institution.

Domestic exchange could be a compelling option if you are interested in off-campus study, and wish to pursue a semester as a full-time student at another college in the United States. Like study abroad, domestic exchange gives you the opportunity to expand on your academics, whether that is taking classes in subjects not offered at Tri-Co or Penn, or taking advantage of diverse course offerings that allow you to deepen your knowledge in a particular area of study. It also allows you to explore student life at a different institution!

If you're an undocumented or DACAmented student, domestic off-campus study programs could be an option for you. For support with understanding your options, don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Marks-Gold Assistant Dean and director of international student Programs and/ or Patricia Martin, Director for Off-Campus Study.

Requirements and procedures

  • The Domestic Exchange Program application process must be completed by October 15 for the following spring semester, or March 15 for the following fall semester. Please note that Tufts  has a February 1 deadline. All students must apply through the Off-Campus Study Office. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, please contact Lotte Buiting.
  • Approval is contingent on various factors, both at Swarthmore and at the other institution and is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
  • Swarthmore students approved for domestic exchange pay Swarthmore tuition, room, board, and student activity fee; they also  retain any awarded Swarthmore financial aid for their exchange semester.

Not a Swarthmore student? Middlebury, Mills, Pomona and Tufts students interested in spending a semester at Swarthmore should work with their home school's domestic exchange program contact person to apply.

Other Domestic Programs

The Off-Campus Study Office has approved three different domestic off-campus study programs: