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Exchange Student Information

Swarthmore College has exchange agreements with Ashesi University College, the University of Tokyo, and Yale-NUS College.

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 website. 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 homeschools for more information about the nomination and application process.

From the Off-Campus Study website select the programs button (on the black bar across the top of the website). Fill in the name of your home institution and “Exchange” to locate the correct applications on the simple search option.
Applicants will be prompted to complete a signature verification form. By completing this form you will be able to use an electronic signature for the remainder of the application process. In order to verify their identity, applicants are required to scan/email a photocopy of their passport or driver’s license, or other government-issued identity document, along with the completed signature verification form to Once our office receives the form, it will be marked as received and you will be granted access to the rest of the online application.

In addition to the online application, students are required to upload a copy of their official academic transcript. Through the application system, students will be able to request two letters of reference from professors who have taught them and will be able to request an institutional approval form from their exchange student office.

Normally a successful candidate would meet the following guidelines:
1) two strong letters of reference from professors who have taught the student;

2) approval by the international exchange office at their college or university;

3) a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale;

4) 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 (e.g., math courses);

5) for students for whom English is not their first language a TOEFL score over 100 or IELTS over 7.5.

1)Some courses at Swarthmore may be unavailable depending on registration priority given to Swarthmore students and otherwise according to departmental policies. Limited access to some courses is common in computer science, economics, and political science.

2) Note: Swarthmore College does not offer business classes.

3) Students normally take a total of four courses.

Please refer to the Catalog (also called the Bulletin). The catalog is the authoritative book of academic rules at Swarthmore College. The catalog is also the list of all the courses that might ever be taught. Use it for course planning.

Also read the Course Schedule, which lists the courses actually being offered for the semester.

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. International Students arrive the Thursday or Friday before the campus-wide orientation starts. In July, you will have the chance to 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 Isaiah Thomas, Assistant Director of Residential Communities at

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.

The Swarthmore College Student Health Portal is available for managing your on-campus health needs and forms. You can access your Student Health Portal through your mySwarthmore account. Click on Worth Health Center, then, click on Student Health Portal. The following forms are on the Student Health Portal. Completion is due by June 15th and is necessary for residence hall admission.

1               Health Certificate completed by the student
2               Immunization Record completed by a healthcare provider
3               Physical within the past year completed by a healthcare provider
4               Health Insurance enrollment or proof of private insurance completed by the student
5               Tuberculosis (TB) screening form