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Reciprocal Exchange Programs

Reciprocal Exchange Programs are those which, through an agreement with a foreign institution, Tarleton students pay tuition and fees at Tarleton only; international students pay tuition and fees at their home institution, and the students exchange places in the classroom. Tarleton students pay tuition and fees at Tarleton, and Tarleton generates the credits. Then the foreign university sends a grade for the course work completed abroad. Students register for courses approved by their academic advisor, and Tarleton course equivalents are matched with the courses selected abroad. Reciprocal Exchange programs can be for a long semester or two. 


  • Students pay regular Tarleton State University tuition and fees as if they were studying on campus, making Reciprocal Exchange Programs one of the most cost-effective ways to study abroad. Living expenses are typically paid on-site to the host university.
  • Students have access to the host university's course offerings (some restrictions may apply), and take courses alongside host country nationals.
  • Courses taken on Reciprocal Exchange Programs will appear on student's Tarleton transcripts as Tarleton course equivalents, counting towards credit hours and cumulative GPA.
  • Reciprocal Exchange Programs provide a truly dimmers experience, allowing students to get involved in the local university's community through clubs, sports, and other student activities.


  • Cumulative 2.5 - 3.0 GPA depending on the program
  • Transfer students must have completed one semester at Tarleton prior to application.

Application Process

Explore the Reciprocal Exchange Program Institutions.

  1. Meet with the International Programs Office Exchange Program advisor.
  2. Create the Tarleton Exchange Program application by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the program-specific webpage.
  3. Complete the application and submit all of the supporting documentation, which may include:
  4. Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Exchange Program advisor.
  5. If the application is approved, you will be notified and asked to confirm your participation, after which you will be officially nominated to the host university.
  6. After being nominated, you will receive instructions on how to complete the host university application.
  7. Complete all pre-departure application items in the Tarleton study abroad application.

Additional Information - Course Equivalencies

Undergraduate students participating on Exchange Programs are expected to bring back a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester in Tarleton course equivalencies for academic work completed at the host university. Graduate students must take 9 credit hours or per their academic college requirement.

Note that all students must complete a Course Verification Form after acceptance to an Exchange Program and prior to going abroad. Failure to complete this document may result in course work taken abroad not being applicable toward your degree.

Current Exchange Agreements

Tarleton State University has established Reciprocal Exchange Programs with the following universities around the world: