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Center for Global Engagement

Exchange Student Information


Applying Students

Welcome to Columbus State University!

This page will help you navigate the exchange process if you are coming from one of our partner institutions with an exchange agreement. Click here for a list of those partner institutions.

An exchange student is a student who comes to Columbus State University for a specific period of time and not to pursue a degree. Exchange students are selected from their home institution to study for one or two semesters.

The application process for exchange students is different than that of a regular degree seeking student. CSU's partner universities will decide which applications to forward to us as nominated exchange students. CSU's Center for Global Engagement must receive complete application packets from partner universities by the following dates:

Fall Semester - Applications due by 1 April
Spring Semester - Applications due by 1 October

CSU will make the final determination whether to accept the nominated exchange students.

Please complete the following exchange student forms:

Exchange Student Application Form (PDF)

Immunizations are also required prior to the start of the semester classes.  The Immigration Form can be found by clicking here (PDF).  



The benefits of each exchange program are different and vary depending on the agreement that your institution has with Columbus State University. Every international student has the same benefits of having access to immigration and cultural advising from the Center for Global Engagement and international student programs that are offered on-campus. If you have any questions about the services that are offered for international students or exchange students, contact Janet Crane at

What to expect

You should select courses that you believe will transfer back to your home institution and courses that will benefit your educational goals. The course descriptions you can select from can be found here. Students should review the course schedules to make sure that the class that want to take is being offered for the semester that they are attending.  The course schedules can be found here.  Once you complete the application process and receive your J-1 visa, you are ready to plan your semester here at Columbus State University. Upon arrival you will attend orientation, and begin classes. Once you have completed your courses your academic transcripts will be sent to your home institution.


American Cross-Cultural Experience (ACCE)

The American Cross-Cultural Experience (ACCE) Program is only available to students at partner universities of Columbus State University. English proficient students at these institutions may enroll in full-time study (12-15 credit hours per semester) in regularly offered academic courses for one or two semesters. This will provide an opportunity for students selected at partner universities to experience a real American university, learn in an English-speaking environment and study subjects typically not offered at their home university.

The "CSU CounterParts" component matches a regular CSU student mentor (typically an International Studies Certificate student or study abroad returnee) with each ACCE student on a one-to-one basis. "CSU CounterParts" will participate in weekly student-to-student cross-cultural activities organized by the Center for Global Engagement and serve as an international "buddy," sharing knowledge of CSU, Columbus and America.

ACCE also provides extra support services and learning opportunities beyond the classroom including monthly field trips to area museums, sporting events and attractions at no additional cost. Typical field trips might include White Water Express (and the Blue Heron Zip Line), Callaway Gardens, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Little White House," the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, the Atlanta Aquarium, CNN, and the Atlanta Braves (baseball).

CSU will make the final determination on acceptance of students.  Accepted students will follow the same process as other exchange programs.

For more information on the costs and benefits of this program contact Janet Crane

To apply please use the ACCE application  (PDF)


Accepted students

Accepted Students applying for J-1 (exchange) visas need to provide:

  1. Letter of Financial Guarantee from their home institution indicating what is covered (tuition, fees, room, meal plan).  CSU will provide a form letter to your institution that they can fill in.
  2. Bank statement or a letter from their bank showing proof of available personal funds for expenses not covered by the home institution (books, insurance, personal).

Required Information for all J-1 students

To calculate the funds you will need, please consider your exchange program:

ACCE Program

  • Contact Janet Crane crane_janet@columbusstate for pricing information

UBB (Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) Exchanges

  • Costs covered by CSU consist of tuition, fees, and room
  • Costs NOT covered by CSU, for which the student is responsible consist of books and insurance
  • Please go to the CSU webpage for current costs 

All other Exchanges

  • Costs covered by CSU consist of tuition and fees
  • Costs NOT covered by CSU, for which the student is responsible: room, meal plan, housing application fee ($250), books, and health insurance, orientation fee ($100)  class fees
  • Please go to the CSU webpage for current costs