IU faculty and librarians can enhance their research and build connections with colleagues around the world through IU’s many short-term exchange programs.
Indiana University faculty and librarians can apply each year to participate in month-long exchange programs with university partners around the world. These competitive programs are administered and funded by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA).
Applicants must be tenure-line faculty members (including librarians) or research scientists/scholars at any IU campus. Non-tenure-line faculty members whose evaluation criteria for promotion include research or creative activity are also eligible with an explanation in the letter of support from their dean or chair. Participants receive sufficient funding to cover their expenses. OVPIA covers the cost of airfare, and participants receive a reasonable living stipend from either OVPIA or the partner institution. For the majority of programs, the partner institution provides or arranges housing.
Programs for AY 2017-2018
BRAZIL: Academia Brasileria de Letras
The Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters), located in Rio de Janeiro, is a literary nonprofit society established at the end of the 19th century by a group of 40 writers and poets inspired by the Académie Française. The first president, Machado de Assis, declared its foundation on December 15, 1896. The Academy is composed to this day of 40 members chosen from among the citizens of Brazil who have published recognized works or books of literary value. The position is awarded for the recipient's lifetime.
The Academy is charged with the care of the national language of Brazil (Portuguese) and with the promotion of Brazilian literary arts. Today the Academy administers one of the largest public libraries in Rio with more than 90,000 volumes and a multimedia center. The library houses many rare manuscripts and first edition books by famous Brazilian writers.
Applicants must have strong Portuguese proficiency, both written and oral, and have a clear research agenda that would be appropriate for the Academy. Applicants who desire to meet specific Academy members must describe, in detail, how such meetings directly support their research. OVPIA provides a reasonable stipend for housing, meals, and incidentals in line with university policy.
CHINA: Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University (ZJU) is one of the top five universities in China. It is located in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. Zhejiang Province is a vibrant center of entrepreneurial business, and Hangzhou’s West Lake is one of China’s most impressive tourist attractions. ZJU is a comprehensive university with leading programs in law, business and management, economics, medicine, and the natural sciences.
This exchange program requires strong Chinese language proficiency. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that can be accommodated by ZJU. OVPIA provides a living stipend, and ZJU helps participants find housing.
COSTA RICA: University of Costa Rica
The University of Costa Rica (UCR) is located in San Pedro in the province of San Jose. It is a comprehensive university with over 39,000 students and is one of the leading universities in Central America. UCR has 26 research institutes and offers a full range of academic programs in agricultural sciences, arts and letters, basic sciences, engineering, health sciences, and social sciences. The university houses one of world’s most important historical archives on Central America.
Exchange participants should have high Spanish language proficiency, both written and oral, and have a clear research agenda that UCR can accommodate. UCR provides board, lodging, or a stipend sufficient to cover the cost of these items. UCR’s academic calendar runs from August through June.
GERMANY: University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth University (BU) is a center of international research promoting interdisciplinary cooperation. BU has nine central research institutes and offers a full range of academic programs in agricultural sciences, arts and letters, basic sciences, engineering, health sciences, and social sciences.
Exchange participants should have a clear research agenda that BU can accommodate. Housing is provided in the Bayreuth University Guesthouse and is within a 15-minute walk of campus. BU also provides health insurance and a stipend for meals. BU’s academic calendar runs from October through September.
GERMANY: Hamburg University
Formally founded in 1919, the roots of Hamburg University (HU) reach back to the beginning of the 17th century. HU offers approximately 150 degree programs across six schools: Law; Business; Economics and Social Science; Medicine; Education, Psychology and Human Movement; Humanities; and Mathematics, Informatics, and Natural Sciences.
HU provides a stipend to cover housing and meals. Housing is available near the HU campus. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that HU can accommodate. HU’s academic calendar runs from October through July. Participants are encouraged to to avoid the Pentecost vacation, typically the second half of June.
GHANA: University of Ghana
Founded in 1948 and granted full university status in 1961, the University of Ghana is the oldest and largest university in Ghana. Today the university has more than 40,000 students. The faculties include basic sciences, applied sciences, biomedical and health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, humanities, arts, education, law, and engineering sciences. Research centers cover music and dance, ecology, environmental change, natural resources, insects, wetlands research, internatioanl affairs and diplomacy, social policy analysis, African music and dance, migration, biotechnology, languages, gender studies, and food.
The University of Ghana provides board and lodging (or a stipend sufficient to cover these items). IU provides round-trip economy airfare to/from Accra. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that University of Ghana can accommodate. The University of Ghana's academic calendar runs from mid-August through mid-May, with an intersemester break from mid-December through late January.
JAPAN: Waseda University
Waseda University, located in Tokyo, is one of Japan’s most prestigious institutions of higher education. Consistently ranked among the top 10 in Japan and among the top 40 internationally, the university has more than 6,000 academic staff and 50,000 students. It offers a full range of academic programs, including Japanese applied linguistics, business, law, information systems, applied sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, international studies, sports sciences, environmental studies, public management, education, and the arts.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that Waseda University can accommodate. OVPIA provides a stipend for housing and living expenses, and Waseda University recommends housing options to participants.
POLAND: Jagiellonian University
Jagiellonian University (JU), founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland. It is located in the historic city of Krakow and has close to 50,000 students. JU has leaading programs in law, philosophy, linguistics, Polish language and literature and natural sciences.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that JU can accommodate. JU provides housing at the University Guesthouse and a stipend to cover meals. JU's academic year runs from late September through the end of June.
POLAND: Warsaw University
Warsaw University (WU) is Poland’s largest university with close to 60,000 students and is one of the top universities in Poland. The university is located in downtown Warsaw, the capital of the country. WU has strong programs in Polish Studies, social sciences, linguistics and a variety of research institutes.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that WU can accommodate. WU provides housing and a living stipend.
RUSSIA: Higher School of Economics
Higher School of Economics (HSE) was established in 1992 on the initiative of renowned Russian economists and leading reformists with the purpose to promote economic and social reforms in Russia.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that can be accommodated by HSE. OVPIA strongly suggests that applicants have pre-existing contacts with researchers/faculty at HSE. OVPIA provides funds for the cost of housing, meals, and incidentials in line with university policy.
SOUTH KOREA: Yonsei University
Yonsei University is the top private university in Korea and one of the three top research universities in Korea. Its main campus is located in Seoul. It has close to 30,000 students. Yonsei has strong programs in business, life sciences, social sciences, law, journalism, and medicine.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that Yonsei can accommodate. Yonsei provides housing and a living stipend.
THAILAND: Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University was officially established in 1917. It is a comprehensive university composed of a total of 41 faculties, departments, colleges, academic, research, and service institutes, and academic offices.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that Chulalongkorn University can accommodate. Chulalongkorn University will provide housing and meals or a stipend sufficient to cover these items.
THAILAND: National Institute of Development Administration
National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), located in Bangkok, is Thailand's most prestigious graduate school for public administration and business. NIDA’s MBA program is the most highly ranked in Thailand. NIDA has almost 9,000 students.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that NIDA can accommodate. NIDA provides housing and a living stipend.
TURKEY: Bogazici University (Suspended)
The exchange program with Bogazici University has been suspended until further notice.
Bogazici University, founded in 1863, and is located in the historic city of Istanbul. It has close to 12,000 students. It has leading programs in law, business and management, economics, medicine, Turkish language, and the natural sciences.
Applicants should have a clear research agenda that Bogazici University can accommodate. Bogazici University provides housing and a stipend to cover meals. The academic year runs from late September through the end of May.
Application Guidelines & Deadline
Interested faculty members or librarians should prepare a proposal that describes their intended activities before starting the online application. Proposed activities may include conducting research, consulting with colleagues, or offering lectures or short courses. Applicants should indicate how their proposed activities are important to their professional development, the development of a school or departmental affiliation, or the development of the partner institution. Research proposals should include an outline of the project and should specifically identify local resources the candidate would employ. Applicants who propose to offer lectures or a short course should provide confirmation that their topics are of interest to colleagues at the partner institution. All applicants are highly encouraged to identify a counterpart at the partner institution with whom they would like to work prior to completing the application. Applicants are also required to upload a copy of their CV.
Application Deadline: To be announced (typically November)
A faculty committee reviews all applications and recommends one nominee for each program to the Vice President for International Affairs. After notifying the applicant of his/her selection as IU's nominee, OVPIA then sends an official letter, along with the nominee's CV and proposal, to the partner institution for consideration. The partner institution makes the final decision about the acceptance of the nominee.
Applicants will be notified about their selection as IU's nominee in early January.
Information for Incoming Exchange Scholars
Scholars from our partner institutions who are interested in visiting Indiana University as an exchange participant must first be nominated by their home institution, typically through the international office. After the scholar's nomination has been reviewed and a faculty host identified at Indiana University, the scholar will receive detailed information by email about next steps.