Carnegie Mellon University

Departmental Exchange Programs

Departmental Exchange Programs function similarly to University Exchange Programs, except that the exchange is a department-to-department partnership instead of a university wide connection. Exchange Programs allow students, in most cases, to use their Carnegie Mellon funding while attending a university abroad. Carnegie Mellon students participating in these programs continue to pay tuition (billed at the junior/3rd-year level) directly to Carnegie Mellon and receive, in most cases, the same financial aid package. Students are responsible for paying all other fees, such as room and board, directly to the exchange institution. Some exchanges may not permit the use of federal aid for payment towards exchange. 

Many departments at Carnegie Mellon have exchange partners abroad. These programs are based on faculty relationships between the two departments and have been evaluated for academic compatibility. These programs are reciprocal: we also receive students from the institutions to which we send students. This allows Carnegie Mellon students to build friendships with the students from that institution both prior to and during the study abroad experience, providing a true cultural exchange. 

Students interested in a Departmental Exchange should reach out to the appropriate departmental contact, listed below, to receive information about the application process.

College of Engineering


Treci Bonime at

School of Drama


Valeria McCrary at

Mechanical Engineering


 Eva Mergner at 

School of Computer Science


Tom Cortina at