Cooperative and Reciprocal Arrangements
Graduate students at Princeton University can benefit from the faculties and facilities of other institutions through cooperative and reciprocal arrangements. The following is a list of such arrangements.
École Normale Supérieure (ENS)—Paris. Each year the Graduate School is invited to nominate two or more postgenerals graduate students to spend a year doing dissertation research in Paris and be affiliated with the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris. Advanced graduate students in French are given preference, but if there is an insufficient number of nominees from that department, then postgenerals students from other departments with a need to conduct research in Paris will be considered. Full affiliation at the ENS consists of being given housing in their quarters, access to their library, and a free lunch plan. A limited number of partial affiliations (library privileges and lunch plan, but no accommodation) are available each year to eligible students.
Exchange Scholar Program. The Exchange Scholar Program enables Princeton Ph.D. students to study for up to one academic year at one of the following universities: the University of California at Berkeley, Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, M.I.T. (the School of Science only), the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale. The academic experience, including courses taken and/or research conducted with particular faculty at one of the institutions listed above, is noted on the academic record and official transcript at Princeton. Reciprocal privileges are normally available to Ph.D. students at the other universities, though institutions may charge for, e.g., the use of their health services.
Students are eligible for this exchange program after completing one year of residence at Princeton; postgenerals status is preferable in all but the most exceptional cases. Students are regularly registered at their home institution, and hold special non-degree status at the host institution. Any financial aid provided must come from the home institution. International students remain on the visa sponsorship of their home institution. Participation in the program requires the approval of the director of graduate studies (or the department chair) and the graduate school dean at both the home and the host institutions.
Institute for Advanced Study. Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study are independent institutions. Academic and administrative cooperation, however, is a common feature of their close proximity. The Institute for Advanced Study is composed of four schools and one program: the Schools of Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, and the Program in Theoretical Biology. The institute does not award degrees. Information and application materials for a postdoctoral membership may be obtained by writing to the administrative officer of a particular school.
Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). An agreement between Princeton and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) provides for the reciprocal exchange of one advanced graduate student each academic year. Princeton’s nominee is normally a postgenerals student whose dissertation interests and research focus is on some aspect of contemporary social science. Nominations to the Graduate School are made through the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society.
Inter-University Doctoral Consortium. The Graduate School is a member of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, a consortium that facilitates course taking by doctoral students in the arts and sciences at the following institutions: Columbia University, Teachers College–Columbia, City University of New York–Graduate Center, Fordham University, New School University, New York University, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and SUNY–Stony Brook. Students who want to take advantage of this opportunity for interinstitutional graduate course taking should visit the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School, in Clio Hall.
Oxford/Princeton Partnership. A reciprocal agreement between Princeton and the University of Oxford (U.K.) permits graduate student exchanges during the academic year, limited to those who are affiliated with an approved research collaboration between faculty members at Oxford and Princeton. Joint research projects are undertaken largely, although not exclusively, in the sciences and engineering. As these approved research collaborations are short-lived and subject to change, students are encouraged to consult with their department, the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School, or Dr. Joseph Michels, of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM).
Princeton Theological Seminary. Princeton Theological Seminary is independent and separate from Princeton University. A reciprocal arrangement permits duly qualified students of either institution to be admitted to the privileges of the other without payment of tuition during the academic year. (The Graduate School’s summer language courses, however, require a fee.) Graduate students of the University who wish to take a course at the seminary should make the necessary arrangements at the University’s Registrar’s Office.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick campus). A reciprocal agreement between Princeton and Rutgers permits graduate students from one institution to take one regularly offered graduate course per term at the other (with tuition charged by the home institution), with the recommendation of the departmental director of graduate studies and subject to the approval of the dean of the Graduate School and the course instructor.
Westminster Choir College, the School of Music of Rider University. This exchange program allows Princeton University Ph.D. students to enroll for courses or applied music instruction at Westminster Choir College without charge. Up to five students are allowed to receive one half hour per week of vocal or instrumental lessons, and may elect to take an additional half hour of instruction per week at the same elective rate available to Westminster students. Princeton students are also eligible for classroom instruction.
Princeton students who wish to participate must be initially screened by the music department and recommended to the dean of the Graduate School. Princeton University does not grant credit for courses taken at Westminster Choir College; upon request, however, a transcript for any completed work is issued by their registrar.
A complete list of exchange and reciprocal programs may be found on the academic affairs website.