Reciprocal Exchange Programs

Reciprocal exchange programs are independent study abroad experiences that immerse students in the local culture and language of their host country. Students enroll as an international student at a partner university and work directly with the local university staff to organize their classes and housing.

A reciprocal exchange student needs to be independent, self-motivated and, in some cases,have proficiency in the language of the host country as classes are taken with local students and sometimes taught in the host country language.

There are also reciprocal exchange programs that offer some courses taught in English and a few exchange options in English-speaking countries.

Students may choose from the following reciprocal exchange opportunities:

  • Argentina: Universidad Argentina de la Empresa

Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE, “Argentine University of Enterprise” or “Argentine University of Business Studies”) is a private university in Buenos Aires founded in 1957. The university specializes in business at the undergraduate and graduate level. It was created by the Argentinian Chamber of Corporations for the purpose of training professionals who, through innovative courses, are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s changing business world. Read about the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa and it's academic offerings.

About Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital, the largest city, and the industrial, commercial and cultural hub of Argentina. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. Approximately three million people live in the city. Including the metropolitan area, the total population of Buenos Aires is above 10 million, making it one of the 10 most populated urban centers in the world and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America.

  • Chile: Universidad Adolfo Ibanez in Vina del Mar

According to America Economia Magazine, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (UAI) is ranked number one among business administration programs in Latin America. UAI is best known for its MBA program, but it also offers courses in law, art history, literature, psychology, and government. Read more facts and figures about UAI.

About Vina del Mar

UAI has five different campuses in Chile. This exchange opportunity is located in a residential area of Vina del Mar, boasting a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. Vina del Mar is located in central Chile, close to Chile’s capital Santiago, and adjacent to Valparaiso, and is considered a popular beach resort. The city is also well-known for its “Festival de Vina,” an annual international music festival every February.

  • Chile: Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Valparaiso

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (USM) is best known for its prestige and leadership in engineering, science and technology. This exchange opportunity is located at the campus in Valparaiso, but the university has four campuses in Chile and one in Ecuador. Academic departments include architecture, aeronautical sciences, electrical engineering, physics, and civil, chemical and environmental engineering options.

About Valparaiso

Valparaiso is located in central Chile, northwest of the capital, Santiago. It is one of Chile’s most important seaports and the city is capital of the Valparaiso Region. Valparaiso’s climate, Pacific coastline, urban architecture and historic system of cable cars have earned it many comparisons to San Francisco. See more of Valparaiso’s Pacific coastline with this 360 view of the area surrounding the USM campus. hjh

  • China: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. As a top university in Hong Kong and Aisa, CUHK aims to nurture students with both specialized kowledge and wisdom for life. The education experience here is distinguished by a flexible credit unit system, a college system, bilingualism and multiculturalism.  CUHK offers eight Faculties with a wide array of excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programmes providing its students with both knowledge and a beautiful campus that is conducive to learning.

About Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the Peoples Republic of China and is situated on China's South Coast and is enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China sea. Where as a majority of China is under communist rule, Hong Kong administrates itself and the city reflects its free market attitude with an abudance of shops from all over the world, many different types of food and a vibrant nightlife scene. Often refered to as the vertical city, or the city of East meets West, Hong Kong's skyline is vast and ever growing and hosts many light shows and festivals honoring its British Colonial past and hopeful future.

  • France: Université Catholique de l'Ouest

The Université Catholique de l’Ouest (UCO) has a long history: originally a medieval university founded in 1373, it was later reopened in 1875 and has a current student population of 12,000. Studies at the university include literature, languages (with an emphasis on teaching French as a foreign language), the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, communication, education, management, mathematics and theology. UCO hosts 150 exchange students and 1,500 French as second language students from over 60 countries every year. Read more about what UCO has to offer international students.

About Angers

Angers is the main city in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France, about 190 miles southwest of Paris, in the heart of the Loire Valley. With the sixteenth largest population in France, Angers is the capital of Anjou, a famous wine producing region. The city, which traces its roots to early Roman times, offers a diverse range of cultural activities and easy access to Paris. At the heart of Angers is the massive Château d'Angers, a castle constructed in the early 13th century. Numerous other classic buildings reflect the rich history of Angers and its surrounding area.

  • FranceL'Institut Superieur de Gestion      

Located in Paris, the Institut Superieur de Gestion (ISG) is one of Europe's leading business schools and was founded as a non-profit in 1967 by a group of prominent French corporate executives. Students can take courses in English but are required to take one French language class while there. Courses taught in French are only offered to students with a high level of proficiency.              

About Paris

Paris is the heart and capital of France with a bustling population of around 12 million people. Known as the "City of Light" or of "Love"; Paris has much to offer those who enjoy art, food, wine, musuems, fashion, opera, ancient and modern history in a diverse and entertaining environment. Paris is also one of the worlds leading business centers and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, and science all contribute to its status as one of the worlds major global cities.

Fachhochschule Koblenz offers 35 study courses in applied sciences focusing on both theory and practical experience. These include different courses in subjects as varied as engineering, business and social sciences, applied mathematics and fine arts. At present, 5,900 students are matriculated at the university’s three locations, including Koblenz. Learn more about studying in Koblenz.

About Koblenz

Koblenz is a 2,000-year-old German city situated on both banks of the Rhine, and it is the third-largest city in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with about 108,000 inhabitants. Koblenz hosts annual festivals, such as the Rhein in Flammen (“The Rhine in Flames”), and cultural events throughout the year. The city is also famous for its wineries and its historical buildings, including castles, fortresses and monuments.

  • Germany: Katholische Universitat Eichstatt-Ingolstadt

Located in Bavaria, Katholische Universitat is the only private Catholic educational instiution in Germany and houses one of the premier business schools in the country. Offering 40 different programs in two different locations and 4,500 students from many different nationalities; KU is a global networking, business oriented insitution that pushes excellence on all its students in a knowledge driven capacity.

About Eichstätt & Ingolstadt

Eichstätt is a small town located on the banks of the Altmuhltal River and is at the very heart of the scenic Altmuhltal Nature Park. Katholische University's main campus was built in 1980 here and  and has shown tremendous growth since its inception. Initally part of the church in 741 and later a principality of Bavaria, its rich history is reflected in the unchanged Baroque architecture of the town and the many festivals and activities that is an inherent part of the culture of Bavaria.

Ingolstadt houses the preeminent School of Business Administration and Economics in the old Bavarian city. Having been documented in the year 806 for the first time, Ingolstadt today impresses with its old streets lined by gable-fronts and its grand houses. The Danubian city once was a Bavarian duke residence, seat of the first Bavarian state university for 328 years and contains the Bavarian state fortress, garrison and military city. Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein is said to have given life to his creature here and the Gothic and Baroque architecture lead creedence to the claim.

  • Japan: Asia Pacific University in Beppu

Asia Pacific University (APU) is a multi-cultural campus with students from approximately 98 different countries. APU offers dual language instruction, with most classes offered in Japanese and English, as well as language instruction for non-Japanese speakers. Course offerings focus on Asia Pacific studies and business, making a study abroad experience at APU especially well-suited for students majoring in business, behavioral and social sciences, and global studies. Read more about APU’s specific areas of study or watch a video on why APU might be right for you.

About Beppu

Like many other Japanese cities, Beppu is located between the sea and the mountains, providing beautiful scenery. Beppu is famous for its hot springs and has the second largest volume of hot water in the world after Yellowstone National Park. It is important to note that Beppu is not located near the areas of Japan affected by the earthquake in March 2011.

  • Korea: Catholic University of Korea in Seoul

Catholic University of Korea (CUK) is comprised of three campuses, each with a different academic focus, including theology, humanities and arts, social sciences, international studies, natural sciences, engineering and medicine. CUK provides dual language instruction and offers scholarships for American students to teach English as a teacher’s aide. Read more about the Catholic University of Korea.

About Seoul

Seoul is located in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the East Sea and Yellow Sea. It is the capital and the largest metropolis in South Korea with more than 10 million people. In 2008, Seoul was ranked sixth by Forbes among the world’s most economically powerful cities. It is home to international companies such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.

The Tec de Monterrey (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, “Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education”) is present throughout Mexico with 31 campuses, as well as liaison offices in several other countries. Its programs include agriculture; architecture; business and management; communications and journalism; design and applied art; education; engineering and sciences; food technology; health; the humanities and social sciences; information technology and electronics; and law. Read about the areas of study at Tec de Monterrey. 

About Monterrey

Monterrey is the capital city of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León. The third largest city in Mexico, Monterrey serves as a commercial center in the north of the country and is the base of many significant international corporations. Its downtown population is about one million residents, and the metropolitan area totals about four million residents.

Queen Margaret University was founded in 1875 and boasts a newly constructed, sustainably developed campus. The School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management encompasses media, communication and performing arts; psychology and sociology; management and entrepreneurship; marketing, retail and consumer studies; and tourism, hospitality and events. The School of Health Sciences encompasses dietetics, nutrition and biological sciences; nursing; occupational therapy and arts therapies; physiotherapy; podiatry; radiography; speech and hearing sciences; and The Institute for International Health and Development. Learn more about QMU, Edinburgh and living in Scotland. 

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, mixes a rich history and culture with a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere. Throughout the year, Edinburgh comes alive with various cultural festivals. In the summer, The Edinburgh International Festival brings music, dance, opera and theater to the city, while the Festival Fringe offers every conceivable art form, including street theatre and performances in all manner of venues. Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament and has approximately 486,000 residents.

  • Spain: Universidad Pontificial Comillas in Madrid

Universidad Pontificial Comillas (ICAI) is a Jesuit university ranked among Spain’s best law, industrial engineering and social work schools. ICAI is best known for its creation of courses that combine corporate law and administration studies, as well as for its School of Engineering. Review the list of course offerings at ICAI, which include Business Administration and Management, Law, Human and Social Sciences and International Relations. Read more about their services for exchange students.

About Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Madrid is also the most visited city in Spain and was recently voted as the 10th most livable city in the world, partly because of its reputation as an environmentally friendly city. 

  • Spain: Universitat Jaume I in Castello

Universitat Jaume I (UJI) offers 28 degree programs through the schools of Technology and Experimental Studies, Humanities and Social Studies, and Law and Economics. UJI is known as a pioneer in the use of new technologies, and it strives to be a driving force behind the socioeconomic and cultural development of the society around it. Learn more about UJI as a possible fit for your international experience.

About Castello de la Plana 

Castello de la Plana is located on the east of the Iberian Peninsula, between the Desert de les Palmes mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea. Gothic, Baroque and Moorish architecture surround the city with castles, basilicas and plazas. Castello de la Plana is situated in the region of Valencia where the native dialect is Catalan. Valencia is known as the birthplace of paella (a popular rice dish), but it is also home to some of Spain’s busiest beaches.

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