U.S. Short-Term Programs

Short-term study exchange programs last 12 months or less and include university exchange programs, professional non-degree programs, and internships. 

Exchange Programs
Exchange programs in the United States offer opportunities to live, learn, and enrich yourself in a diversity of cultural settings. Exchange programs may consist of an academic exchange between two universities or a short-term professional program. Reach out to your current institution's study abroad office for pre-arranged exchange opportunities or visit the U.S. Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program website.

University Exchanges
Partnership agreements between a U.S. and an international university provide for student exchange opportunities. Coursework taken may count toward a degree program at your home institution, or you might take just a few courses at a U.S. university for your personal or professional enrichment.

Professional Exchange Programs
Short-term professional exchange programs vary widely. Some participants are able to accept a wide range of programs while others may need to focus on experiences within a chosen career or a specific job.

Certificate and Executive Education Programs
If you are looking to build skills in a certain field or area of interest, short-term certificate programs offer coursework within an area of specialization. Upon successful completion of program requirements, the institution awards a certificate to recognize expertise or skills gained. Institutions may also offer graduate-level certificate coursework or programs designed for working professionals to to gain advanced skills in their fields.  

Visit the Exchange Visitor Program website to learn about short-term internships available for international students.

Visiting Fellows and Scholars
Many U.S universities offer short-term opportunities doctoral degree holders to pursue further research. They may also allow visiting fellows to audit graduate-level courses and to have access to academic facilities for personal research. To explore these opportunities, contact university faculty or academic departments directly.