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Why Exchange

Going on exchange is a great way to enrich your studying career. The Rhodes University International Office offers a range of different exchange programmes for undergraduate students (including Honours).

What is an exchange programme?

Rhodes students participating in an exchange programme will attend an overseas institution for one academic semester.  As some of the semester dates differ abroad, students will be exempt from attending Rhodes for the full equivalent semester, i.e. February to June or July to November, and will instead start and end their semester when the host institution starts and ends its semester.

Rhodes students will have exchange student status at the host institutions and may take courses for transfer credits at Rhodes University, but will not be eligible for a degree from the host institution.  Rhodes students will continue as candidates for their degrees at Rhodes.

Choosing a Destination

Two things should determine your choice of destination:

  1. Course content and credits – during an exchange programme, you must attain credits for all the subjects that you are taking at Rhodes. It is imperative that you take courses abroad that are approved by the relevant Heads of Department at Rhodes. Some destinations are only viable for students taking certain subjects (e.g. Commerce Students) and some degrees (LLB) and subjects (Law) have strict limitations on where you go. Be sure to consult with your Head(s) of Department when deciding where to go. In certain cases, the International Office will advise you against going on exchange if it will negatively impact on your study path.
  2. Financial implications – all exchange programmes cost extra, but some cost more than others. Be sure that you know what expenses you will be expected to cover when going on exchange. If you are uncertain, visit the universities’ websites and talk to the international officer at Rhodes.

For a complete list of all our current partner institutions, see the Exchange Handbook 2016-2017


Please feel free to come and speak to us at the International Office between 14:15 – 16:30 on Monday to Friday. Tel: 046 603 8217 or email internationaloffice@ru.ac.za. Please note that the International Office will only be able to attend to any queries about exchange from the 9th of May 2016.


Last Modified :Fri, 19 May 2017 13:27:23 SAST