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Domestic Exchange

Domestic Student Exchange Program

Xavier offers the opportunity for its students to spend a semester at another institution without any extra tuition expenses. In addition, students from partner institutions have the opportunity to take courses at Xavier and experience New Orleans.

Currently, Xavier has student exchange agreements with the following institutions: 

New York University

Baylor University

University of the Virgin Islands

University of California San Diego

Only qualified sophomore or junior students will be allowed to take courses at these institutions during the spring semester. Students accepted into the program will reside in on-campus housing and will have access to all of the host campus activities and student privileges in which they are qualified.


Information for Xavier Students

 How Does the Program Work?

 Xavier students pay Xavier tuition and fees for the semester as they would normally do using their scholarships, financial aid, and financial means. Students will also be required to pay room and board fees for St. Martin DePorres Resident Hall (two residents, private bath), and satisfy the student health insurance requirement. Students at the host institution will pay their institution's tuition and fees. The students are then exchanged between the two institutions. The courses taken at the host institution will transfer to Xavier if the grade of "C" or better is earned. Students are responsible for their travel to and from the institution, materials such as textbooks, and all other personal items that may be required.

*Students should make sure that their health insurance policies cover them at the host institution.
*Grades earned at the host institution do not affect the student's Xavier grade point average.


What are the Qualifications?

  • Full-time students in good standing with the University.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00.
  • Junior standing (but exceptional Sophomores will be considered) majoring in any discipline.

How to Apply

Completed application consists of:

  • A completed application form (obtainable online here) or in Room 312 of the St. Joseph Resource Center),
  • A statement of purpose why you wish to participate in this program, and
  • Two letters of reference from faculty who have taught you (faculty should send their letter directly to Torian L. Lee).

All materials should be hand delivered to St. Joseph Resource Center, Room 312 or submitted by mail to:

Mrs. Karen Lee
Associate Director, Center for Intercultural and International Programs
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive; Campus P.O. Box 127
New Orleans, LA 70125

About Our Student Exchange Partner Institutions

New York University, founded in 1831, is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. With more than 2,500 courses offered the University awards more than 25 different degrees. Although overall the University is large, the individual schools and colleges are small- to moderate-sized units with its own traditions, programs, and faculty and there are many communities to be found within the NYU community based on interests, activities, and shared experiences. The center of NYU is its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. Why not do your exchange at NYU and take a bite of the Big Apple? (www.nyu.edu)

Baylor University chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Baylor is both the state's oldest institution of higher learning and the world's largest Baptist university. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,189, its setting is city, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. Established to be a servant of the church and of society, Baylor seeks to fulfill its calling through excellence in teaching and research, in scholarship and publication, and in service to the community, both local and global. Baylor University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 71. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. (www.baylor.edu)

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) was chartered on March 16, 1962, as the College of the Virgin Islands — a publicly funded, coeducational, liberal arts institution — by Act No. 852 of the Fourth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to that law, UVI's cornerstone objective is to provide for "...the stimulation and utilization of the intellectual resources of the people of the Virgin Islands and the development of a center of higher learning whereby and wherefrom the benefits of culture and education may be extended throughout the Virgin Islands." UVI is a public liberal arts-based Masters II university, a Historically Black College and University, and a Land-Grant institution. Today, UVI has a combined enrollment of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students on its two campuses. It continues to offer a high-quality, affordable liberal arts education and professional programs in a culturally diverse environment. The University's objective is to be recognized as the leading American institution of higher learning in the Caribbean. (http://www.uvi.edu)

The University of California San Diego “make[s] change makers; recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, our culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Everything we do is dedicated to ensuring our students have the opportunity to become changemakers, equipped with the multidisciplinary tools needed to accelerate answers to our world’s most pressing issues.” (http://www.ucsd.edu/)


Please pick up application in XULA's Center for Intercultural and International Programs office: St. Joseph Academic & Health Resource Center, Room 312

Xavier University of Louisiana Center for Intercultural and International Programs