Exchange programs are great choices for UTSA business students who are looking for an affordable way to study abroad for a semester.

You can select from one of our UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business international partner universities or from the UTSA Education Abroad Office and pay UTSA tuition and fees to UTSA.

The approved courses taken during an Exchange program can be applied to your degree plan. While you are enrolled, you will take classes alongside local students and be taught in English by local faculty. Additionally, certain financial aid and study abroad scholarships can be used to cover the classes!

Angers, France

ESSCA School of Management

Explore Angers, a recognized World Heritage Site and learn more about the French culture while receiving a top-level business education at ESSCA, a grande école specializing in business.

Fall Term: August to December
Spring Term: January to May
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Strasbourg, France

EM Strasbourg Business School

Ranked in the top 15 business programs in France, EM Strasbourg hosts over 500 international students from 200 different colleges around the world. Strasbourg is located in the province of Alsace.

Fall Term: September to December
Spring Term:
January to May
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Oestrich-Winkel, Germany

EBS Business School

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Rhine-Main region, a major economic and cultural center of Europe. EBS is a highly-rated private business school in Germany. which holds the prestigious EQUIS accreditation.

Fall Term: August to December
Spring Term:
January to May
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Tokyo, Japan

Waseda University School of Commerce

Located in Tokyo, Waseda University is one of the most academically-selective and prestigious universities in Japan. Be at the center activity and innovation that is taking place in the world’s most populous metropolis.

Spring Term: April – August
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The deadline to submit an exchange application is March 1 for Fall 2023 and September 1 for Spring 2024.

Speak with your advisor to explore how a study abroad program could fit with your coursework. The steps below provide a general overview of the process.

Step 1: Research the university

Click on the “Learn More” button above to get more information on the programs that you are interested. Look for information such as courses that the university offers while also referring to your DegreeWorks to understand what courses you could potentially transfer back. This is also the time to meet with your academic advisor and the Alvarez Student Success Center team.

Step 2: Complete the UTSA Application

Select your program of interest below or visit the UTSA Education Abroad Application Portal and search “Abroad UTSA – Exchange: Business.” for the list of all available business exchange programs.

- Abroad UTSA - Exchange: Business at ESSCA – France

- Abroad UTSA - Exchange: Business at EM Strasbourg – France

- Abroad UTSA - Exchange: Business at EBS Business School - Germany

- Abroad UTSA - Exchange: Business at Waseda University, Tokyo - Japan

During the application process, you will need to upload a Credit Verification Form. The form does not need to be officially signed but must have information on potential courses you plan to take in the case that you are selected.

Step 3: Application Review and Interview

Once the deadline is met, applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled with students who are selected to move forward in the application process. If accepted to the program, you will receive directions on how to accept (or decline) your nomination, which will be submitted to the host university.

Step 4: Complete the Host University Application

Once you have been nominated by the college and accepted by the host university, you will receive email details directly from the host university on how to complete the application process. Ensure you review this email thoroughly and submit all required documents by the specified deadline dates.

Step 5: Prepare All Necessary Documentation and Meetings

After receiving your official acceptance letter from the host university, you will be able to begin preparing all the necessary documentation to get you ready for your experience. This will include officially completing your Credit Verification Form, obtaining your visa, Study Abroad Financial Aid Form, arranging your airfare and housing, and completing the mandatory pre-departure orientation hosted by the Education Abroad office, among other things. Don’t worry! You have the support of the Student Success Center staff along the way to keep you on track!

Step 6: Returning to UTSA

We hope that you had a great experience! Now, that you've returned to campus make sure to visit the study abroad tips on re-entry shock and how to use your experience for future opportunities.

To participate in an exchange program through the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, you must: 

- Have a minimum Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or Graduate GPA of 3.0
- Attend UTSA for at least one full semester after participating in an exchange
- Minimum credit requirements vary by program, review each program for specific details. 
- Must be a declared business major

Tuition Cost

- Pay UTSA Tuition (*15 credits)
- Pay UTSA mandatory study abroad fees

*Please note that the standard cost is equivalent to 15 credit hours. Visit the study abroad website for more information on the Exchanges policy: https://global.utsa.edu/education-abroad/student-directory/Program-Directory1.html

 Additional Expenses To Consider

- Airfare (round trip)
- Food/Meals
- Housing
- Visa fees 


Consider applying to the International Education Fund and the Gilman Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is a study abroad scholarship that provides students with an opportunity to study, intern, or complete service abroad with awards of up to $5,000. Attend a Gilman Scholarship info session for more information: https://honors.utsa.edu/onca/

Make sure to also submit your Study Abroad Financial Aid Request Form to One Stop at least four weeks prior to your study abroad departure. More UTSA Study Abroad Funding Tips are available at: https://global.utsa.edu/education-abroad/student-directory/Study-Abroad-Funding/Study-Abroad-Funding.html

Contact the Financial Aid office for details on applying for scholarships for your semester abroad.

Health Insurance

As part of your study abroad process, you will be automatically enrolled under the UTSA international travel accident and sickness insurance. Student International Travel Accident and Sickness Policy is through On Call International, insured by HDI Specialty.

Visit the Education Abroad Resources and Tips website for more information on Health Insurance.


All students participating in an exchange program are required to have a valid passport. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay.


Transcripts may take several weeks to be received and processed. This may delay graduation for graduating seniors who studied abroad during their final term.


You are responsible for confirming if your exchange destination requires a visa and taking the necessary steps to submit information with the respective embassy.

Visit the Education Abroad Resources and Tips on the Education Abroad website for more information.

The exchange programs listed above are through partners specialized for business students and managed by the Alvarez Student Success Center. You also have the option to search for other exchange programs through the UTSA Education Abroad Office.

If you are studying through a UTSA exchange program other than the programs listed above and would like to get guidance from the Alvarez Student Success Center email cobexp.learning@utsa.edu

For more information email: cobexp.learning@utsa.edu