HU Independent Exchange Program (HUIEP)

Experience the opportunity of a lifetime

Applications for the spring semester will be accepted September 1st thru October 1st. Applications for the full academic year or fall semester will be accepted February 1st thru March 1st. However, we are not accepting applications at this time in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Howard University has a reciprocal agreement (even exchange) with the colleges and universities listed below. There must to be a participant at the Host school interested in attending Howard University for an exchange to take place.

All applications must be submitted to Incomplete application packets will not be accepted. Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher and sophomore/junior standing is required. Some universities require a 3.0 GPA
  • Enrolled at Howard University for one year
  • Official Transcript
  • Sophomore (30-59 earned credit hours) or Junior (60-89 earned credit hours).
  • Two letters of reference
  • All course work must be taken on a “For Credit” basis. Courses should not be taken as “Audit” or “Pass-Fail”.
  • Course work on the quarter grading system should yield five (5) quarter hours to be equivalent to three (3) semester credit hours.
  • Please select at least two schools in case your first choice is unavailable.

NOTE: Students with earned hours of 90 credits and above are ineligible to participate in the exchange program. All undergraduate students' last 30 credits must be completed at Howard University.

Participating Schools

The schools listed below with an asterisk (*) require a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Exchange Opportunities may be available at the following schools:

Clark University (Massachusetts) -
Colby College (Maine) -
*Columbia University (New York City) -
*Davidson College (North Carolina) -
Denison University (Ohio) -
*Duke University (North Carolina) -
Grinnell College (Iowa) -
Mills College (California) -
Ohio University (Ohio) -
Reed College (Oregon) -
Rutgers University (New Jersey) -
Smith College (Massachusetts) -
*Stanford University (California) -
University of California/Berkeley (California) -
University of Massachusetts/Amherst (Massachusetts) -
University of the Redlands (California) -
University of Southern California (California) -
Ursinus College (Pennsylvania) -
Vanderbilt Univ (Nashville Tennessee) -
Vassar College (New York) -
Williams College (Williamstown Mass) -
Xavier University (Louisiana) -

Top 10 Reason to Participate

Why you should participate in the Domestic Exchange Program?

10. The Domestic Exchange programs gives you access to many outstanding universities throughout the United States. Rutgers University, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, Duke University are just a few of the universities we have exchange agreements with. A complete listing is available in the “A” Bldg-Suite 105.

9. The Domestic Exchange Program provides you with the opportunity to build integrative learning skills, multi-cultural competencies and practical knowledge that is needed to succeed in and contribute to our rapidly changing society.

8. The Domestic Exchange Program lets you explore a new environment for a semester, or even a year while you are still a Howard University Student.

7. The Domestic Exchange Program will set you apart from other job seekers in a very competitive job market. You can highlight your exchange experience in job interviews and on your resume.

6. The Domestic Exchange Program can help you develop new skills, more independence and self-confidence. You will return from your exchange experience with new skills that just can’t be learned on campus.

5. The Domestic Exchange Program introduces you to new cultures, opportunities and possibly a new way of life.

4. The Domestic Exchange Program will give you an opportunity to make lifelong friendships with people you would not ordinarily have met.

3. The Domestic Exchange Program will allow you to explore future job opportunities.

2. The Domestic Exchange Program will allow you to investigate Graduate and Professional Schools.

And the #1 reason why you should try the Domestic Exchange Program…
It will be an awesome experience and a great opportunity!!!!

Exchange FAQs

Q: What are the admission requirements?
A: The Exchange Program is open to all undergraduate students with a minimum 2.5 GPA (some schools require a 3.0 GPA). You must be a sophomore (at the time of application). One year in residence at Howard is required.

Q: Do I have to be an “A” student to participate in the exchange program?
A: No, generally a GPA of 2.5 is required; however, there are certain schools that require a 3.0 GPA.

Q: Do I pay tuition to the host school?
A: No, you pay tuition to Howard University. Students are responsible for room and board, books and any fees incurred at the host school as well as travel expenses. The cost of housing that is normally paid to Howard (through financial aid, and most scholarships etc.) will be refunded to you for housing at the host university.

Q: Can I use my financial aid and or scholarship for the exchange program?
A: Yes, in most cases.

Q: If I participate in the exchange program, will I graduate on time?
A: Yes, with careful planning, your exchange experience can fit right into your degree program so that your graduation isn’t delayed. Also, your last thirty credits must be completed at Howard University (The last thirty credit rule does not apply to the School of Communications.)

Q: Do I receive credits for the courses I take through the exchange program?
A: Yes, after you have selected the university you want to attend, and accessed the Websites for course selections, you would consult with your advisor and discuss and plan your program. Your advisor must sign off on the courses you have selected – verifying that they are comparable to Howard University’s courses. The exchange courses will appear on your Howard record and will be averaged into your GPA.

Q: Will I still be considered a Howard University student while I am on exchange?
A: Yes. You will participate in General Registration just as if you where attending classes at Howard. You also must request your financial aid and/or scholarships just as if you were here to remain validated while you are away.

Q: When should I start planning for my exchange experience?
A: Now! It’s never too early to start planning and preparation. However, applying early in the semester preceding your departure is absolutely essential.

Q: How long can I participate in the exchange program?
A:Students are invited to participate in the exchange program for up to one academic year.

Q: Where can I get more information about exchange opportunities?
A: Office of the Registrar, Domestic Exchange Program
2400-6th Street – Suite 105
Administration “A” Building