Incoming Exchange

Vanderbilt offers a wonderful environment to exchange students who are interested in our core strengths of finance, human and organizational performance, operations, information technology, marketing, and general management and strategy. The exchange program lasts for one semester, and the language of instruction at Vanderbilt is English.

The majority of our exchange visitors arrive for the fall semester. Please note that we begin Orientation and classes much earlier than our partner schools. While Orientation is optional for exchange students, we highly recommend that they attend so that they become familiar with the facilities, structure of the school and classmates.

Semesters at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management are made up of two seven-week periods, called mods. Exchange students may enroll in four elective courses each mod for a total of eight full courses each semester, depending on their university’s requirements. Each seven-week course meets two times a week for 1.5 hours per class. The methodology of these courses varies according to the content and style of the lecturers, but they include case studies, group assignments, lectures, and workshops, all with a high percentage of class participation. Click here for our Academic Calendar.


To apply for an exchange, students should first be nominated by their university. We require our Incoming Exchange Student Application, an official transcript showing courses and grades from the home university, a resume, a photo of applicant, a financial declaration showing proof of sufficient finances for the four-month period, and proof of health insurance. Your health insurance must cover evacuation and repatriation, meet the minimum standards of health and medical coverage set forth by Vanderbilt University and have an office in the U.S. with a toll-free claims number. If your insurance certificate does not meet the standards you will be required to purchase student health insurance from Vanderbilt (approximate cost $1,200 USD).


All exchange visitors will be required to have a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa issued by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country. You will be furnished with an admission letter showing the period of time that you will be in the U.S. Please note that an interview with the U.S. Embassy is now required and this process may take up to three months, so please plan accordingly so you will arrive on time. Students who do not arrive by the start date of classes will not be allowed to enroll.

All Visa matters are handled by the International Student and Scholars Services at Vanderbilt University. For more information, please see the Vanderbilt ISSS website or visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in your country.


There is no on-campus housing available for graduate students other than married students with families, but there are several apartments nearby where students live. The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management exchange coordinator will provide a list of available apartments for rent.

Approximate Living Expenses

 Housing:  $850 to $1,500 per month
 Meals:  $400 per month
 Student Health Insurance:  $1,300 per semester (approximately)
 Activity and Recreation Fee:  $225 per semester (required of all students)
 Books & Supplies:  $750 per semester


Exchange students will be issued a temporary email account, mailbox and a university student identification card, which allows access to all libraries and computer centers on campus. With the ID card, you can also benefit from discounts at local merchants and restaurants.

We have our own library and computer center, however students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers. The entire campus is equipped with wireless technology. Your personal computer may need to be re-configured; this can be taken care of by our IT department.

Textbooks and case studies can be purchased at the University Bookstore. A list of required texts will be posted on our Intranet by class. Exchange students will have access to our Intranet once they arrive on campus and check in.

Clubs and Community Activities

Exchange students are encouraged to take part in student clubs and community activities while they are here to further enhance their experience in the U.S.. For more information, visit our Student Clubs webpage.