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Exchange Programs

Vassar students interested in participating in one of the institutional exchange programs listed below should consult with the Director of the Office of International Programs before applying for permission to study abroad.

China

Yuanpei College of Peking University Program

Founded in 1898, Peking University was the first national university to offer a comprehensive education in the modern disciplines in China and is recognized as a leading institution of higher education in that country, often referred to as the "Harvard of China".  The exchange is available for either one semester or a full year. Students should have completed 2 years of Chinese language instruction or the equivalent before participating on the exchange. Vassar students at Peking University will enroll in Chinese language courses, content courses taught in Chinese (if their language proficiency is sufficient), or regular content courses taught in English.  As a partner institution, Vassar is pleased to be able to offer our qualified students the opportunity to study at this prestigious Chinese university.

Once you have received your permission to study abroad, you will need to make an appointment with the JYA office in order to be nominated.

France

Sciences Po, Paris

The undergraduate curriculum taught at Sciences Po focuses on the social sciences, taught in an international context. All courses are taught in French. The exchange is available for full year or spring term only. Students should have a comfortable working knowledge of the French language. Vassar, being a partner institution, is pleased to be able to offer our qualified students the opportunity to study at this prestigious French university.

Once you have received your permission to study abroad, you will need to make an appointment with the JYA office in order to be nominated.

The Toulouse School of Economics

The Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) is among the most prestigious centers in Europe for study of Economics. A seat of university learning since 1229, Toulouse, today, is a modern city, home to Europe's aerospace industry, that retains its rich southern culture and rhythm of life.

Vassar is the only American institution with an established exchange relationship with TSE, giving Vassar students of Economics a truly unique opportunity for serious study abroad. Classes at TSE are taught in English, but at least one year of college-level French is required to participate. The Vassar-TSE program---one-semester or full-year---is best suited to well-prepared juniors or first-semester seniors. Pre-requisites are described, and additional information is provided, on the Vassar Economics Department webpage.

 http://economics.vassar.edu/students/study-away/

Numbers are limited and nomination is required. Once you have received your permission to study abroad, please make an appointment with the JYA office to discuss the process. 

Japan

Ochanomizu University

Ochanomizu University is an all female institution located in Tokyo. The university was founded as Tokyo Women’s Normal School in 1865. Like Vassar, it was the first institute in Japan to offer higher education to women. The university is one of the nation’s preeminent universities and a distinguished leader in education. All courses are taught in Japanese.

Ritsumeikan University

Ritsumeikan University is a co-ed school located in Kyoto, a 1200 year old city rich in culture and art. The university offers a comprehensive curriculum in the humanities and social sciences. All courses are taught in Japanese.

Singapore

Yale-NUS

Yale-NUS is a liberal arts college that seeks to integrate Asian and other global intellectual traditions, with the goal of educating young people for leadership in a complex, interconnected world. 

United Kingdom

University of Exeter

University of Exeter is one of the oldest towns in Britain only 2 hours away from London. It is often referred to as the “city in the country”. Exeter is on of the top universities in the United Kingdom, with particular strengths in Middle Eastern Studies (including Arabic), Classics, History, and English to mention but a few. Students can attend fall, spring or full year. Students enrolled in the fall term must stay for the exam period in early January unless they can arrange for alternate assessments with the department.