Exchange Programs


Interested in becoming an exchange at UCA? Please visit: Incoming Exchange.

Students can spend a semester abroad at a partner university. Students participating in an UCA Exchange Program will be enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours of approved coursework while abroad for either one semester or a year. Tuition and fees at the partner university will be waived.  Your scholarships and financial aid at UCA may cover your tuition while you are taking classes in another country!

Students interested in spending a semester or year abroad should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA with 60 credit hours completed by the beginning of the term abroad. Students considering studying abroad as an exchange should make an appointment with the Study Abroad Office in the first four weeks of the semester before participating in study abroad at a partner university. Our partners accept a limited of students per academic year.

When researching funding opportunities for Exchange programs, students should first select a program, then meet with the Office of Study Abroad to receive details on a program budget. Students should also contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for more details on funding eligibility.

For more information: Checklist for Outgoing Exchanges

Applying to Study Abroad as an Exchange

If you want to apply to be an exchange and study abroad with a partner university, you must submit all materials required by UCA Office of Study Abroad application within the first four weeks of the semester prior to the semester spent abroad. Partner universities accept a limited number of students from UCA. If a competitive process will be used to determine selection, the Office of Study Abroad and International Engagement will review of all files in the application to determine eligibility and selection based upon the following:




Professor Recommendation(s)

Interview (if necessary)

Committee Review (if necessary)

Statement of Purpose Essay (if necessary)


If your GPA is below the 3.0 requirement, you will be asked to submit a letter explaining how close you are to having a cumulative 3.0 and any circumstances you have faced that may have contributed to your current cumulative GPA. You will also be asked to submit a letter of recommendation from the department chair of your major.

For approved exchanges, please submit your basic information to our office.

For application for the semester exchange scholarship, please access below: Exchange Scholarship Application

Students are responsible for acquiring the appropriate travel documentation, arranging accommodations abroad and providing financial support for personal and food expenses during the exchange program.


UCA Exchange Partner Universities

Partner schools are listed alphabetically by country.





Buenos Aries, Argentina • Spanish as a Second Language • Summer Language Immersion Available

UAI is located in Buenos Aries, Argentina. With more than 20,000 students this university offers more than 70 degrees of undergraduate and graduate studies. Cultural activities will help      students of the Spanish as a second language program to be comfortable within society.





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Mons, Belgium • Primary Language of Instruction: French • Courses available in English: A variety of Business Courses • French as a Second Language Courses Available

Fall Semester:  September-December or January

Spring Semester:  February-June

UMONS is ideally located in the city of Mons, in the middle of Europe, in the south of Belgium. The buildings of the University are spread out in the historical heart of the city, forming a real urban campus. UMONS has around 7,000 students.  Business classes are taught in French or in English. An internship and other classes in engineering, psychology, world languages are available.






Varginha, Brazil • Courses available in English: A variety of Business courses • Portuguese instruction available

Fall Semester:  August-December

Spring Semester:  March-July

The Centro Universitario of Southern Minas Gerais, UNIS, is situated in the southeast of Brazil in Varginha, Minas Gerais, representing the most important coffee producers in the world. Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are nearby. Founded in 1965, this university has more than 13,000 undergraduate students, 1,500 post graduation and approximately 50 international students. Paid training is included.






Santiago, Chile  •  Primary Language of Instruction: Spanish

(UBO) is located in metropolitan Santiago, Chile and offers many undergraduate programs in four core areas: Law & Communications; Education; Engineering & Management; and Health, Sports & Recreation.



East Chine Normal University


Shanghai, China •  Primary Language of Instruction: Chinese • Chinese as a Second Language Courses Available.

Fall Semester:  September-December

Spring Semester:  February-June

East China Normal University is a key university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of China. At present we have nearly 2500 international students from over 50 different countries. The university benefits greatly from the rich diversity of culture, knowledge, experience and tradition that these students bring to us. We are sure that you are eager to find out more about ECNU and student life in Shanghai. We hope that you can have an enjoyable and profitable time here.

International Student Guide ECNU


Qingdao University


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Qingdao, China • Primary Language of Instruction: Chinese

Courses available in English:  A limited variety of course work applicable to the following fields of study: Business/International Business, Management, Economics, Finance, Asian Culture and History, Asian Studies • Chinese as a Second Language Courses Available.

Qingdao University is situated in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, China, in a beautiful setting on the Yellow Sea Coast with Mount Fushan in the background. Founded as early as 1920, Qingdao University has developed into an ideal place for international students to study and live. It has an enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate students, over 1,200 were postgraduates, nearly 600 overseas students.




Edge Hill


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Ormskirk, England • Primary Language of Instruction: English

Fall Semester:  September-December

Spring Semester:  January-May

Edge Hill College opened in Liverpool in 1885 as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women. From its origins as a specialist institution with 41 female trainee teachers, Edge Hill now has 26,000 students on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

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Photo provided by Fall 2015 exchange in Edge Hill University.

View application process and course information.




Université Catholique de l’Ouest (UCO)

Angers, France • Primary Language of Instruction: French • French as a Second Language Courses Available.

Fall Semester:  September-December or January

Spring Semester:  January-May

Founded in 1373, re-founded in 1875, UCO is one of the oldest universities of the Great West. Studying in France gives you the opportunity to explore a unique culture and historical heritage. Over the years, France has acquired a reputation for its art of living, traditionally consisting of fine and sophisticated food, fashion and perfumes. France is proud of its state-of-the-art science and management techniques. France is currently the fifth economic power in the world and second exporter of services worldwide. France is a safe, reassuring country that welcomes visitors warmly and offers an exceptional high level of welfare and protection.

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UCA exchange student to UCO in Fall of 2015 wrote, “To-Go: This is not a thing.” Our student in France, studying French as an exchange writes, “You can go to kebab or sandwich shops and get une formule à emporter (meal to go), but you will not find a box or a doggy bag. So, order exactly what you know you’re capable of eating. I think between this concept and the three course meals, it really forces you to be mindful of what you’re eating… I’m sure people have very grandiose ideas about French eating habits, but I think the most important thing I’ve gathered is a much healthier relationship with food (with the exception of 2 am cheeseburgers).”




Konstanz University

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Konstanz, Germany • English Instruction and German Language Courses

Full year or Spring semester only

Fall Semester:  October-February

Spring Semester:  April-July

Konstanz University, located in south Germany, offers study opportunities in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities as well as Law, Economics and Politics. In three tightly structured faculties with their interdepartmental collaborative research units, academic teaching develops out of the current state of research. Following this principle, many of the 100 and more study programmes have an interdisciplinary approach including a range of international course offerings taught in English and providing double degree options. Over 10.000 students coming from more than 90 countries are enrolled and represent 12% of the student body. With more than 250 partner universities worldwide, the university is part of an expansive global network of learning opportunities.





Colima, Mexico • Primary Language of Instruction: Spanish

The University of Colima offers foreign students a multicultural environment, facilities for academic development, fine arts and sports, all of which contribute to comprehensive personal growth. Such growth is based on global understanding and local actions.

Coursework available in English: Spanish as a second language.


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The Hague, Netherlands • Many classes are offered in English including Business and IT coursework.

Spring semester only

Spring Semester:  January/February-June/July

The Hague University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1987. Most of its studies are concentrated in and around The Hague in the Randstad metropolitan region in the southern Netherlands. The main campus in The Hague is located behind The Hague Hollands Spoor railway station by the Laakhaven Canal. The Hague offers today a total of 42 higher education degrees. Currently, The Hague teaches around 23,4000 students.




International Students

Leon, Spain • Primary Language of Instruction: Spanish • Spanish as a Second Language Courses Available.

Full year or Spring semester only

Fall Semester:  September-February

Spring Semester:  February-July

The University of León was founded as autonomous entity since 1979. Most of its studies are concentrated in the city of León, at the Campus de Vegazana. There is a second campus in the city of Ponferrada in the province of León. The ULE offers today a total of 53 higher education degrees taught in 17 Centers by a total of 26 Departments. During academic year 2006/2007 the total number of students almost reached 14.000.

The International Relations Office will take care of your stay at the Universidad de Leon. It manages mobility under the frame of programmes or International agreements for student or staff exchange.

Study in Leon

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Group of UCA exchanges in Leon during          Spring 2015 semester.


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Madrid, Spain – Primary Language of Instruction: Spanish.

Courses Offered in English

Fall Semester:  September-December or January

Spring Semester:  January to May

Courses available in English at the URJC campus in Madrid:  A limited variety of course work applicable to the following fields of study: Business/International Business (MBA), International Relations, Marketing, Primary Education, Pre-school Education, Tourism.

Rey Juan Carlos University is the youngest and most modern of all public universities in Madrid. Since its foundation in 1996, the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos has stood out among Madrid’s public universities for its dynamic and vigorous character. URJC’s main objective is to offer an all-round preparation for its students by combining theoretical teaching with training in laboratories and companies. The university has enrolled more than 40,000 students, including 4,212 international students (11%) from over a hundred countries all over the world.





National University of Tainan

Tainan, Taiwan • Primary Language of Instruction: Mandarin

Spring semester only

Spring Semester:  February to July

A selection of courses available in the following fields of study: Music, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Ecology and Performance and Visual Arts.




Taipei, Taiwan • Primary Language of Instruction: Mandarin

A selection of courses available in the following fields of study: Education, Liberal Arts, Music





Bangkok, Thailand • Primary Language of Instruction: English

Fall Semester:  September-December

Spring Semester:  January to April

A variety of courses available in the following fields of study: Business Administration, Humanities and Language, Science, Social Science, Travel Industry Management.





In the event of a travel warning in any of these world regions, students will be prohibited from attending the partner university where the travel warning is in effect.

Exchange students from partner universities applying to UCA, please visit International Engagement’s Admissions page: