Exchange Students

Lehigh accepts exchange students through a variety of agreements with partner colleges, universities and programs around the world. In addition, all interested students are welcome to apply to Lehigh independent of any existing program; these students will have to pay their own tuition and fees.


Jen Topp, Program Director, Global Engagement

(01) 610-758-2875 (phone) 
(01) 610-758-5156 (fax)

Office of International Affairs
Lehigh University
32 Sayre Drive, Coxe Hall
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Term Dates

Academic Year 2017-2018

Fall semester: August 28 – December 20, 2017
Spring semester: January 21– May 16, 2018

Exchange Application and Deadline

Exchange Application

Application Deadlines

Fall: March 17, 2017
Spring: October 13, 2017

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores to be considered for admission.
TOEFL score requirements:
Reading: 24
Listening: 17
Speaking: 24
Writing: 25

Orientation Program

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) coordinates and runs the incoming exchange orientations. The orientation programs are typically the week prior to the start of classes. Orientation is mandatory for incoming exchange students and there is a $160 orientation fee.

Health Insurance

Exchange Students are required to have insurance during their stay in the U.S. and studies at Lehigh University. Coverage for a comprehensive set of services includes doctors’ visits, hospital admissions, day surgery, emergency services, mental health and substance abuse, and prescription drug coverage. If a student is not covered by health insurance in his/her host country, he/she may enroll in Lehigh University’s student health insurance program administered by University Health Plans, Inc.  click on “Lehigh University”

Expected Arrival Date

For students living on campus, arrival dates usually depend on dorm check-in dates. These dates have not yet been confirmed for the 2016-2017 academic year but are the most likely the dates.

Fall semester: August 18, 2017*
Spring semester: January 17, 2018*

*dates subject to change

Students living off campus and arranging their own housing can arrive up to three weeks prior to the start of classes, as per the J-1 visa regulations.


Lehigh will accommodate all incoming exchange students who choose on-campus housing if the housing is requested prior to the application deadline. Housing needs are automatically considered upon acceptance of the exchange student by their academic department at Lehigh. Housing application forms are included in the exchange application. You may not withdraw your housing contract once you have submitted it. 

Please note that housing costs may change.

Living Costs

Please note that all costs are approximate and in U.S. dollars.

Mandatory health insurance: $1,865* for academic year, $833* for fall semester only, $1,251* for spring semester only. The requirement is waived for students showing proof of coverage.  *Subject to change

Meal plan: $350-$2,955 per semester. Learn more about meal plan options here.

Books and class reading materials: $550 per semester

Local transportation: Varies depending on travel preferences

Miscellaneous expenses: $1,000 - $5,000

Mandatory Orientation fee: $160

Learning Expectations

Class format: Lectures, discussions, papers, presentations, projects.

Attendance: Required; typically influences final grade.

Participation: In-class participation is usually expected, except for large lectures.

Grading: 4.0 scale; A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F. Typically based on several components (papers, quizzes, homework, attendance, projects, etc.)

Class size: Depends on the class level and department. 100-level courses are typically larger lectures. 200- and 300-level courses are typically smaller (up to 40 students).

Course load: 4-5 classes; 12-16 credits.

Course choices: Exchange students can take whatever undergraduate courses are offered by the university as long as they can meet the prerequisite requirements of the courses and there are vacancies available in those courses. Graduate-level courses are subject to availability and department approval.

Examinations: Format of exams varies. Exams are administered the last nine days of each semester.

Majors and programs: Lehigh offers more than 100 majors and programs.

Language of instruction: English

Student Services

Academic advising: Students are assigned a faculty member in their major area who will be their adviser for their duration at Lehigh, unless the student prefers to request a specific faculty member to act as his or her advisor.

The Office of International Students and Scholars runs events and programming for all international students, including exchange students.

Computer services: Computing facilities are found all around campus, and all students have email accounts, access to online libraries and journals, online registration, etc.

On-campus facilities: With an ID card, students can use all sporting and athletic facilities, receive free and discounted tickets to events at Zoellner Arts Center, and receive free general medical treatment, counseling, lectures, trips, etc. There are also numerous student clubs and organizations including academic, cultural, linguistic, political, athletic, recreational and social. Learn more about student life at Lehigh here.

Other Information

Bethlehem is located in eastern Pennsylvania, convenient to New York City, Philadelphia, PA, and Newark, NJ. Students who do not fly directly to the Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) are encouraged to use an airport in any of these three cities. A bus station is located in south Bethlehem two blocks from campus, making travel to and from these cities easy. Learn more about our area and how to get to Lehigh here.