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Purchase Exchange Programs

Applying to an exchange program is a multi-step process. The general steps are described below. Our office is available to offer support every step of the way.

  1. Create an online profile in our Horizons application system.
  2. Choose your program and complete the online exchange nomination application form in Horizons including a personal statement, transcript, and two faculty recommendations.
  3. OIPS reviews nomination applications and receives input from academic departments.
  4. Participate in an interview with an OIPS advisor.
  5. If nominated, complete the host institution application.
  6. If accepted by the host institution, complete post-acceptance steps including submitting a Pre-Approval to Transfer Credits form available in Horizons,* attending a pre-departure orientation, and completing a visa application (if applicable).
  7. After committing to the program, tuition, fees, and International Medical Insurance will be billed directly by Purchase College Student Financial Services office. Room and board payments vary by program.**

Application Deadline for Spring semester abroad: Rolling basis until October 1st

Application Deadline for Fall/Academic year abroad: Rolling basis until March 1st

*Credits earned abroad are considered transfer credits and are not averaged into your Purchase GPA. You should be particularly careful to obtain study abroad pre-approval of the program from your department before you make a commitment to the program; it is not guaranteed that credits will fulfill degree requirements.

**Visit our Withdrawals & Refund Policies page for more information about what happens if you can no longer participate in a program you have committed to.