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 Students that participate in Direct Exchange programs are able to pay their normal tuition to UT and study abroad at one of our partner universities for a semester or up to an academic year. Students financial aid package should remain the same when participating in direct exchange unlike with our semester abroad programs where UT merit and need based aid cannot be utilized.

  • 3.0 GPA  (exceptions are considered on a case by case basis)
  • Clear conduct records

Application Deadlines:
  • April 15th (Fall 2022)
  • October 15th (Spring 2023)
Application Process: 
Step 1- Browse Schools/Host Institutions 
  • Navigate to the Exchange Partner Institution tab located next to the UT Direct Exchange tab. Look at the universities we have partnerships with and narrow down which school interests you most and click on the ' Apply Now' button to create your application.
Step 2- Begin a Direct Exchange Application 
  • In the process of completing your application you will be required to obtain a recommendation from your academic advisor. This is an electronic form located within your application.
  • When you initiate an application, within a week you will be contacted by the IPO to confirm you meet eligibility requirements 
Step 3- Browse Courses 
  • Check to see if any of the courses offered at our partner institutions could apply to your degree requirements. Remember, while abroad you should take courses towards your major, minor, or elective requirements. What’s important is that the courses taken abroad somehow fulfill requirements towards your degree. 
NOTE: IPO cannot guarantee a particular university will have all the courses you need. Also, course selection will start after your acceptance to the UT-DE program.
Step 4- Application Submission 
  • Submit all application materials by the appropriate deadline. 
  • April 15th- Fall 2022 Programs
  • The following application components are not due on April 15th:
Step 5- IPO Reviews Submitted Applications
Step 6- Interview ( certain programs exempt) 
  • Once you’ve submitted your application, an interview will be scheduled, which will give our office a chance to get to know you better, ask questions, and give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the rest of the application process. You will also need to provide us with your top 3 choices, with a maximum of 2 universities in any given region. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. 
  • Scheduling your interview by 5pm on the deadline day. 
  • Currently, we only require interviews for Direct Exchange with WHU
Step 7- Conditional Acceptance 
  • Based on your application materials and interview, you may be conditionally accepted to the DE program. The IPO will provide you with the next steps. 
Step 8- Host University Application 
  • Once you have been conditionally accepted, you will begin the Host University Application. More information will be given to you in your acceptance email. 
Step 9- Post Decision Application Submission 
  • Complete all remaining application requirements including: Course approval forms,
Step 10- Visa 
  • Our office will provide you with a consulate letter and your host institution will provide you with an acceptance letter to help you get your visa. However, it is your responsibility to find out whether you require a student visa to apply for an obtain a student visa on your own. 
Step 11- Pre-departure 
  • You will be required to attend a mandatory session prior to your departure abroad. 

For any inquiries, please contact you Education Abroad Advisor:

Autumn Brucato (
Lisa Yarmosh (