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Exchange Students

Each year Duquesne hosts several student from cooperating institutions from around the world as "exchange students."  If you are a student from one of our cooperating "exchange" universities, you are able to study at Duquesne for one semester or one year. The length of time depends on the specific exchange agreement.

We also encourage you to meet with the offices of overseas studies at your institution to obtain guidance regarding the admission process.  We work closely with representatives from each of these offices to assist you with the process. 

Currently, we have exchange agreements with the following overseas institutions:

  • Beijing Jiaotong University - China
  • University of Cologne - Germany
  • Catholic University of Louvain - Belgium
  • Sophia University - Japan
  • University of Nancy (ICN) - France
  • Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) - Mexico
  • University of East London (UEL) - United Kingdom
  • ESSCA - School of Management - Angers, France
  • Athlone Institute of Technology - Athlone, Ireland
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) - São Paulo, Brazil

Instructions for Exchange Applicants

Exchange students must follow a certain set of procedures in order to be admitted to the university and properly enroll for your semester(s) of choice. Instructions for Exchange Applicants  (also indicated below).

Applying to the University

Please use the Exchange Student Application Form to be considered for admission. Be sure to follow directions on the application so that we receive all of the necessary documentation to make an informed decision about your admission.

Immigration Documents

If your application is favorably reviewed, we will process all necessary documentation for your arrival into the United States.  In order for us to process your immigration documents, you will need to provide financial information that shows that you are able to provide the funding for your living expenses while here at Duquesne with the Affidavit of Support form. Specific instructions are provided on this form.  

 Since tuition costs are covered through our exchange agreement, you must only provide proof of funding for living expenses.  Please consult the Tuition Cost Sheet for information on living costs. Once you have been admitted and have provided the necessary information for immigration, we will issue you an I-20 document and all the appropriate information for your arrival to Duquesne. Details will be provided in your acceptance letter and subsequent communication. 


All undergraduate exchange students must live on campus during your stay. We will send you on-campus housing information and a contract with your immigration documents mentioned above. Please be aware that housing can often be in high demand and it is recommended that you apply for housing as soon as you have made a decidion to attend Duquesne.  Please be sure to consult the Residence Life Website for details.

If you are a graduate exchange student, you are not required to live on campus; however, you may consult the Residence Life website about living on campus should you be interested. You may also consult our website about living in the City of Pittsburgh and information about living off-campus.

Please consult our website for Accepted Students about information on arrival, deposits, and other useful tips.

Course Selection

Once you have been admitted, received an acceptance letter, and have informed us that you plan to attend Duquesne, you will be required to fill out a Course Selection Form as part of the arrival process.  Academic advisors must know what classes you plan to take prior to your arrival.  This makes the course selection process go much more smoothly and efficiently. The OIP will let you know when you have access to the university to look for available courses for your particular semester. 

We are pleased that you have chosen Duquesne and look forward to having you here as an international student.  Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the exchange process.