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Marshall College Exchange Program

The Thurgood Marshall College Exchange Program officially launched in the fall quarter of 1989 with the UC San Diego - Spelman/Morehouse Student Exchange Program. Developed and Hosted by Marshall College, all current UC San Diego undergraduate students can participate in exchanges with Morehouse College, Spelman College and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Additional information about the exchange institutions, exchange program eligibility and costs, and the exchange program application is below.

Exchange Institutions

Spelman College

Established in 1881, Spelman College is an outstanding historically black college for women. Spelman strives for academic excellence in liberal education. Students are encouraged to think critically, logically, and creatively; and to improve their use of communicative and quantitative skills.

Spelman College's Website

Morehouse College

Morehouse College is an independent four-year undergraduate liberal arts college for men located in Atlanta, Georgia. It was established in 1867. The liberal arts curriculum is based on the principle "that to be educated, men must learn about themselves and their world in all of its varied aspects."

Morehouse College's Website

Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana is a four-year university located in New Orleans, LA. Established as a historically black university in 1925, the university is open to students of every background. The university's mission includes a commitment to research and community involvement.

Xavier University's Website

Exchange Program Information

Purpose of the Exchange Program

The purpose of the program is to provide a unique opportunity for students to live and study at important institutions of higher learning that are significantly different from the social and educational environment typical of California state colleges and universities.

Similarly, the exchange students coming to UC San Diego from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Xavier University of Louisiana, will have an opportunity to experience an exciting and very different educational environment.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Spelman College and Morehouse College Exchange Program

To be eligible for the Spelman/Morehouse exchange, students must have a completed application and the following:

  • Completed 60 semester or 90 quarter units, with a 2.7 or higher grade point average, by the end of Spring quarter.
  • A one-page statement of purpose outlining the reasons for participating in the exchange and a completed application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from faculty, which specifically addresses the applicant's appropriateness for such an exchange program.
  • Appropriate academic preparation in the major field of study or field of interest.

Student may apply to attend Morehouse or Spelman Colleges for the Fall Quarter (Fall Semester) or the Academic Year.

All applications must be approved by the home institution (UC San Diego) and the host institution (Spelman or Morehouse College) in order to participate in the exchange program.

Xavier University of Louisiana Exchange Program

To be eligible for the Xavier University of Louisiana exchange, students must have a completed application and the following:

  • Must be within their junior year (90 units completed), with a 3.0 or higher grade point average, by the exchange quarter
  • A one-page statement of purpose outlining the reasons for participating in the exchange and a completed application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from faculty, which specifically addresses the applicant's appropriateness for such an exchange program.
  • Appropriate academic preparation in the major field of study or field of interest.

Students may attend Xavier University of Louisiana during the Winter and Spring Quarters only (Spring Semester).

All applications must be approved by the home institution (UC San Diego) and the host institution (Xavier University of Louisiana) in order to participate in the exchange program.

Tuition and Housing Information

UC San Diego students will pay tuition and fees the home campus if participating in an exchange program with Morehouse College, Spelman College or Xavier University of Louisiana.  All students are required to reside at the host campus during the exchange.  Payment for housing can vary by campus and are outlined below:

Spelman College Exchange Program: Housing fees will be paid to UC San Diego.  

Morehouse College Exchange Program: Housing fees paid to Morehouse College unless there is an equal exchange of students between campuses.

Xavier University of Louisiana Exchange Program: Housing fees will be paid to Xavier University of Louisiana.

**Please note: Applicants are responsible for all travel and personal expenses during the exchange quarter.

Exchange Program Application

Please complete the Exchange Program Application by clicking on the link below. After completing the application, please review the Exchange Program Reference Information below.

Apply now! Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Exchange Program Reference Information

In addition to the online application, please print and complete the steps outlined on the Exchange Programs Reference Form [PDF]

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted to the TMC Academic Advising Office no later than Friday, January 17th at 4:00 PM.  Applications submitted online without accompanying letters of recommendation will be considered incomplete.

Questions about the Exchange Program?

For additional information, contact the Exchange Programs coordinator in the Marshall College Academic Advising office, or e-mail tmcexchange@ucsd.edu.