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Incoming Exchange Students

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Clarkson University is the highest ranked small research university in New York state with strong undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, business and the arts & sciences. We invite students from our exchange colleges and universities to study abroad for a semester or full year at our Potsdam, New York, campus.

Academics & Courses

Application & Deadlines
Our partner universities’ International Offices nominate students from our affiliate schools. Please contact your home university’s International Office for nomination and processes needed to apply.

  • Fall semester (late August – December) deadline is May 1
  • Spring semester (late January – early May) deadline is October 1.

Your application for exchange should include the following materials:

Your International Office will mail all application materials to:
Clarkson University Career Center
Box 5620, 8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, New York 13699
United States

Once You Are Accepted
We process exchange applications in the order we receive them and begin to mail out acceptance letters.  Once you are accepted, you will receive a username and password for your PeopleSoft Account.  Within PeopleSoft you will be able to view classes in which you are enrolled, view financial transactions, have the ability to purchase books and much more. Within this program you will be able to electronically complete the list of items on your CHECKLIST which include, Health Forms, Housing Contract, Accommodative Services, etc. 

Once your arrival is planned please complete the Arrival Form and return it to

Student Life
Exchange students are encouraged to join any of our student clubs and organizations, including our internationally oriented clubs:

  • International Students Club
  • Chinese Scholars and Students Association
  • Friends of India
  • Africana Students United
  • Multicultural Alliance of Northern New York (MANNY)

See a full list of our clubs and organizations.

Questions? Contact Us
If you have any questions about studying abroad on exchange at Clarkson University, don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Taylor, director of the Career Center, at

“(My experience abroad at Clarkson) changed me; I have become more independent and made more friends! (My time abroad) at Clarkson, … has already helped me get a new job!  Definitely (the time spent at Clarkson was) better than expected! I was always very excited to come to Clarkson, and was amazed by the snow and the friendliness of the students and staff.”

- Ellen from UTS, Sydney, Australia 

“Clarkson University has (taught) me how to be autonomous, and after living in Clarkson campus for one year, I have understood the true meaning of Clarkson motto : ‘defy convention’.  I have realized that impossible is nothing,  and that I can reach my dreams if I really believe on it and work hard for it. …my time at Clarkson was better than I expected, since I have never felt alone there. In fact, all the people that I met there were very helpful and they have made my time there wonderful. I feel grateful for ever to  the people who made my trip to Clarkson possible and I met many wonderful people that I will never forget.”

- Anas from Morocco via UTT, Troyes, France

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