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Incoming exchange students pose in front of the VCU sign at Shafer Court.

Education Abroad

ISEP Students

ISEP students get ready to try kayaking down the James River.

All exchange students must enroll as full-time students in order to maintain legal status while in the United States. If you are admitted as an undergraduate exchange student you need to enroll in a total of 12 credits each semester (typically four classes worth 3-credits each for a total of 12 credits). If you are admitted as a graduate student you should be enrolled in at least 9 credits. Most (but not all) classes are worth 3-credits each.

Please consult with your academic advisers at your home university to determine which classes at VCU will be appropriate for your degree program. The course descriptions provides details regarding the content of all courses offered at VCU, and the schedule of classes lists the classes offered for a specific term. You need to look at both websites in order to make your selections.

Please make a list of classes you would like to take and include this with your application. We recommend that you try to select at least two alternate classes in addition to your first four choices. Organize your list in order of priority. Classes on your list must include the 5-digit Course Reference Number (CRN), department code, and course number as well as the course title. Example: 13489 INTL 101 Human Societies and Globalization. Please be sure to clearly indicate your class request on your exchange application. We cannot process your request without all of this information.

Once we have processed your application, we will begin registering you for the classes you have indicated on your application. If a class is unavailable, we may choose to register you for another section of the class at a different time, or we may choose an alternate course with similar course content. Any changes you would like to make to your schedule can be done during the first week of classes before the add/drop deadline. Because we must serve a number of exchange students, we will only attempt to complete one or two initial registrations for you. Any subsequent changes in your schedule can be made by you upon your arrival or via e-services. Instructions on registering for classes through e-services are available below under the section titled Step-by-Step Class Registration/Enrollment. Please note that pre-registering for classes will give you a much better chance at registering for the classes you would like to take at VCU.

Please note: that course numbers indicate the level of the class. Courses numbered 100-299 are lower division (first and second year) undergraduate classes; 300-499 are upper division (third and fourth year) undergraduate classes; and courses numbered 500 and above are graduate level classes.

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