Incoming Exchange Students
We're excited that you are considering Swarthmore College for your semester or year abroad! Currently Swarthmore College has exchange agreements with Ashesi University, the University of Tokyo, and Yale-NUS College. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from students from other institutions.
Swarthmore can only accept students for the fall semester or the academic year. Students are nominated to apply by their home institutions and then are asked to complete the exchange student application on the Off-Campus Study portal. University of Tokyo and Yale-NUS students should be nominated by their home institutions by February 15th and complete their applications by March 1st. Ashesi University students should be in contact with the Ashesi Diversity and International Programs Office for more information about application timelines. Interested students should consult with their home schools for more information about the nomination and application process.
After you have been nominated by your home institution's study abroad office, you will receive instructions from OCS on how to start the online application process at Swarthmore.
Successful candidates meet the following guidelines:
- Two strong letters of reference from professors who have taught the student.
- Approval by the study abroad office at their home College or University.
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average in courses that are deemed to be pre-requisites for courses that the student would like to take at Swarthmore.
- For planning purposes refer to the Course Schedule, which lists the courses being offered during the semester you'll be studying at Swarthmore. The Catalog (also called the Bulletin) contains all the courses ever taught at the College, and also lists all academic rules at Swarthmore College.
- Some courses at Swarthmore may be unavailable depending on registration priorities, scheduling conflicts, and otherwise according to departmental policies. Limited access to some courses is common in computer science, economics, and political science. Have a back-up plan in case your preferred class is not available.
- Note: Swarthmore College does not offer business classes.
- Students normally take a total of four courses.
After you have been admitted for the semester or the academic year as an exchange student, you will be contacted by the Swarthmore International Student Services about the visa application process. Here is general information about the J-1 visa.
Exchange students join the orientation for new international students which precedes the beginning of the fall semester.
International Orientation begins about 5 days before the campus-wide program. In July, you will let our office and International Student Services know the details of your travel plans.
Information about housing and students activities is available from the Office for Student Engagement. Exchange students will be placed in one of the dormitories on campus. Typically, exchange students will be placed in a double-occupancy room with another student, typically a first-year or sophomore student. If you have any specific housing requests, please reach out to Asraa Jaber or Jasmine Owens, both Residential Communities Coordinators.
Students will be automatically placed on the SWAT PLAN meal plan. Detailed information on meal plans is located on the Dining Services Website.
Students pay their tuition, room, board, and any required fees to their home institutions.
Exchange students have access to the Worth Health Center. The center comprises Student Health Services, Counseling &Psychological Services, and a comprehensive wellness education team.