Individual exchange programs

Individual exchange programs differ from faculty-led study abroad experiences primarily because they are frequently longer in length and the student travels on their own to the host university. If you decide on an individual exchange program, you'll work closely with your advisor at the Ilitch School and WSU's Study Abroad & Global Program Office to learn how it may apply toward your degree. You'll have a lot to choose from as we offer opportunities to study in 12 different countries!

Getting started

Your first step is to contact WSU's Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs and your Ilitch School academic advisor as soon as you decide you'd like to participate in an individual exchange program. This should happen no later than a semester prior to your intended study abroad program and two weeks prior to the specific application deadline posted on the study abroad web page.

Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs: Selecting a destination

In order to discover the destinations available to you, please contact the Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs to identify the country you'd like to study in and to select a college or university to study at as an individual exchange student. Lisa Kyle in the Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs will guide you through this process.

Course evaluation: Know before you go!

Part of the application process includes course evaluation and approval of the subjects you'd like to register for at the host institution. This is the time to meet with your Ilitch School academic advisor to determine which course work you can consider satisfying abroad, and how it may apply toward your degree program. 

Students are responsible for obtaining course description/syllabus and submitting them to their Ilitch School academic advisor for review and decision. If you have difficulty obtaining these document(s), please contact Lisa Kyle, international exchange coordinator, WSU Study Abroad & Global Programs.

Until you are notified of the course equivalency by the Ilitch School, please do not register for any course at the host college or university.

Eligibility

All Ilitch School of Business graduate and undergraduate students who are in good academic standing are eligible to participate in WSU's individual exchange program. Graduate students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and undergraduate students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA. Students may participate in one program per academic year. However, please be aware that each university partner has individual entrance requirements which vary from program to program.

Graduate students

Graduate students in the Ilitch School's M.B.A. program may be able to register for equivalent course work at an international host institution, but before doing so must first meet with their Ilitch School academic advisor, and Lisa Kyle, international program coordinator, Study Abroad & Global Programs, to review how potential course work would apply toward their degree and to begin the international application process. Approval from both the Ilitch School and Study Abroad & Global Programs must be received prior to registering for any international course(s).

Students who want to apply for an individual exchange program for personal enrichment should be aware that any credit hours awarded for completed course(s) will not be applied toward their graduate degree program, and are responsible for the associated tuition.

For specific information about how an individual exchange program would affect your academic plan, please consult with your Ilitch School academic advisor.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students majoring in global supply chain management, marketing, information systems management and management may be able to register for equivalent course work at an international host institution, but before doing so must first meet with their Ilitch School academic advisor and Lisa Kyle, international program coordinator, Study Abroad & Global Programs, to review how potential course work may apply toward their degree and to begin the international application process.

Students who want to apply for an individual exchange program for personal enrichment should be aware that any credit hours awarded for completed course(s) will not be applied toward the degree program, and are responsible for the associated tuition.

For specific information about how an individual exchange program would affect your academic plan, please consult with your Ilitch School academic advisor.

Study abroad checklist

Contact us

For more information on Ilitch School how an individual exchange programs may be applied toward your degree requirements and to discuss business course equivalencies, contact Director of International and Study Abroad Programs Louise Moceri.

For general study abroad information, visit the Wayne State University Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs website.

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