Academics for Incoming Students



The University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the United States. UConn offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and various schools and colleges from which exchange students can take courses. As an exchange student you will be able to enroll in courses at the Storrs campus of the following areas of study:

  • Schools and Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Engineering,
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences,
  • Business (courses are restricted to Business majors only)
  • Limited course availability: Fine Arts & Statistics


Note: Exchange students are not allowed to take courses at Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Social Work, Medicine and education.

An overview of all courses offered at UConn can be found in the Course Directory. However, to search for UConn courses available in an upcoming term, please use UConn course search (click on view “Guest View Courses”).

All exchange students are registered as full-time non-degree visiting exchange students due to immigration regulations and UConn policies for international students. In order to be have a full-time status, incoming exchange students must be enrolled on:

  • Minimum: 12 Credits
  • Maximum: 17 Credits
  • Minimum: 9 Credits
  • Maximum: 17 Credits

As non-degree visiting exchange students, you are not able to register for courses online through the Student Administration System. Instead, course enrollment is facilitated through the Office of Experiential Global Learning with the assistance of the Office of the Registrar and the various academic departments at UConn.

Exchange students will submit a list of 10 courses through the Course Preference Form found on the incoming exchange application. Student will be required to follow the Course Registration instructions before completing the form.

As part of the application process, exchange students will be asked to submit supporting academic documentation to demonstrate enrollment requirements have been met for requested courses. Incoming exchange applicants should be prepared to provide syllabi in English (or translated into English) for previously completed courses at your home university to demonstrate completion of necessary coursework. The registration and course enrollment process begins immediately after the application deadline and will continue through the first week of classes. You will be able to work directly with the Registrar to change your class schedule AFTER your arrival at UConn.

Many students purchase their text books at the UConn Bookstore. You may want to wait until you receive course syllabi to purchase books, as not all books are mandatory for each class. A complete list of books for each course can be found on the Bookstore website or in person. Students should expect to spend approximately $300- $500 per semester on books. More information about textbooks, please visit UConn Bookstore’s website

All UConn apparel, other clothing, dorm /school supplies, snacks, and computers are also available for purchase at the Bookstore.

Upon completion of the semester and at least two weeks after final exams, a copy of your official transcript will be sent to your home university international office.

Students can also request a personal copy of his/her official transcript through the Student Administration System as well. For more information about the process, please check Registrar’s Office website.