Inter-University Exchange Program

The Inter-University Exchange (IE) program between Washington University, Saint Louis University (SLU), and the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) began in 1976 as an exchange agreement encouraging greater inter-institutional cooperation at the graduate level. Over time, this program has evolved to include undergraduate education. The basic provisions of the original agreement are still in place today, and participation continues to be at the discretion of each academic department or unit.

At Washington University, there are several schools that do not participate in this program (i.e., degree-seeking students in these schools are not eligible to participate in the IE program, and courses offered in these schools are not open to SLU and UMSL students attending Washington University through the IE program). They are the School of Law, the School of Medicine, the McKelvey School of Engineering, and the School of Continuing & Professional Studies. The Washington University schools that are open to participation in the IE program may have specific limitations or requirements for participation; details are available in those offices.

The following provisions apply to all course work taken by Washington University students attending SLU or UMSL through the IE program:

  • Such courses can be used for the fulfillment of degree or major requirements. (Students should consult with their dean's office for information about how IE course work will count toward their grade-point average, units and major requirements.)
  • Such courses are not regularly offered at Washington University.
  • Registration for such courses requires preliminary approval of the student's major/department advisor, the student's division office or dean, and the academic department of the host university.
  • Students at the host institution have first claim on course enrollment (i.e., a desired course at SLU or UMSL may be fully subscribed and unable to accept Washington University students).
  • Academic credit earned in such courses will be considered as resident credit, not transfer credit.
  • Tuition for such courses will be paid to Washington University at the prevailing Washington University rates; there is no additional tuition cost to the student who enrolls in IE course work on another campus. However, students are responsible for any and all fees charged by the host school.
  • Library privileges attendant on enrolling in a course on a host campus will be made available in the manner prescribed by the host campus.


Washington University students must be enrolled full-time to participate in the IE program and have no holds, financial or otherwise, on their academic record at Washington University or at the host institution.

  1. The student must complete the IE program application form. Forms are available from the Office of the University Registrar website.
  2. The student must provide all information requested in the top portion of the form and indicate the course in which they wish to enroll.
  3. The student must obtain the approval signature of the professor teaching the class or the department chair at SLU or UMSL, preferably in person.
  4. The student also must obtain the approval signatures of their major advisor at Washington University and the appropriate individual in their dean's office.
  5. Completed forms must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar in the Women's Building a minimum of one week before the start of the term.

Course enrollment is handled administratively by the registrars of the home and host institutions. Washington University students registered for IE course work will see these courses on their class schedule and academic record at WebSTAC under departments I97 (SLU) and I98 (UMSL). Final grades are recorded when received from the host institution. The student does not need to obtain an official transcript from SLU or UMSL to receive academic credit for IE course work at Washington University.

Contact Info

Contact:Office of the University Registrar