Academic Year Incoming Exchange
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;
- CentraleSupelec, Paris, France;
- ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland;
- Sciences-Po, Paris, France;
- University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain;
- School of Engineering, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China;
- University of Oxford (Engineering Department), Oxford, England;
- University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan;
- School of Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
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 have a primary department but can take any courses for which they have the necessary academic preparation or background. We encourage students to look at courses across a range of disciplines as this fits Princeton’s ethos as a liberal arts university.
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 students within Engineering, at least 50% of courses must be taken in Engineering. For other departments, it is a bit more flexible, but it is still strongly recommended that at least half of the courses be within the host department at Princeton.
For specific course offerings in all departments, please consult Princeton University Course offerings database
Please review the Exchange Student Handbook 22-23.pdf
for more information.
The full calendar for Princeton University can be found here
Please be aware exchange students will be required to arrive a few days before the start of the semester for orientation. You will be given the specific date you need to arrive in your acceptance letter.
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.
Tuition is covered by the exchange program. Students will generally be required to pay their room, meals, books, and other personal expenses.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 here.
First, you must apply through your home institution and be nominated to participate in the exchange. Nominations must be sent to Princeton by April 1 for fall or academic year, and by September 1 for spring.
Next, apply through Princeton's online Global Programs System (GPS) by clicking "Apply Now"
at the top of this page. Scans of all required documents are accepted. Specific instructions can be found in the application, but generally you will need to include:
- Application form
- Course or research plan (included on form)
- Personal statement about your background and academic goals
- One letter of recommendation from a faculty member
- Proof of English language ability (if relevant)**
- Official transcript
- Two passport size photos
Your home institution may require additional documents so please consult with them before applying.
Applications are due to Princeton by September 15
for spring semester or by April 15
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.
**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, CentraleSupelec, Sciences-Po, Tsinghua University, University of Cantabria, 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.