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Clarkson University Application Open!  spring 2019

Clarkson University Application Open! spring 2019

Clarkson University, Potsdam New York, USA!

Application for the spring 2019 semester is open and ready for your outgoing students to apply!

The deadline for applications is September 15 th , 2018.

To be nominated, interested students need to submit the Letter of Approval (signed by Faculty Advisor and Head of Department) , official transcripts to and/

All Applicants should submit the necessary documents to  Clarkson University only through home universities. 

Welcome to Clarkson University!

As a nationally ranked research university, we are the institution of choice for more than 3,400 enterprising, high-ability undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in 50+ rigorous academic programs of study. Our faculty are on the leading edge of research of international relevance. Across the institution and its campus locations across New York, faculty and students develop close, mentoring relationships and make lifelong connections that guide career success. Learn more about Clarkson here. Also, learn more about our exchange program below and by visiting our website!

Overview of Academic Colleges and Departments at Clarkson

Semester Dates 

  • Fall Semester – end August through mid-December
  • Spring Semester – early January through mid-May

Academic Calendar

Application Dates

  • Fall/Full-year: February 1-May 1
  • Spring: August 1-October 1

Arrival Dates

  • Spring 2019-January 7 (all students other than MBA)
  • MBA Spring 2019-January 4

Departure Dates

  • The residences will close on May 7, 2019, at 7:00 pm. You may leave after your last final.


You may search for classes here. Click Main Menu > Self Service > Class Search / Browse Catalog > Class Search, but before you search it will be helpful to know:

  • You must list 7 classes in your application from the link above that you are interested in taking while at Clarkson
  • Undergraduate students may take courses in the 100-499 range. You cannot take classes in the 500-699 range
  • Graduate classes are in the 500’s and MBA are in the 600’s. Graduate students may take undergraduate and graduate courses
  • When selecting classes to request to take, please be sure you are in the “search for classes” tab! The “browse course catalog” tab is a compilation of all classes past and present taught at Clarkson. Classes listed in the browse tab may no longer be taught
  • Most upper-level courses have prerequisite courses you have to have taken and passed in order to take that course. Be prepared to submit the course details from your home university you wish to submit as the prerequisite.
  • Classes for the fall semester are not available online until the end of March and spring classes are not available online until the end of October. You may search the previous semester’s classes if these are not available yet. If they were offered in a previous semester, it does not guarantee they will be offered the next semester. Spring 2019 classes are not available until October 22. Search spring 2018 classes.
  • Make sure you are searching the Main Campus location only
  • Uncheck the “show open classes only” box
  • The “browse course catalog” tab is where you will find class descriptions to provide to your home university

Classes exchange students cannot take are listed on the Class Request Form.

University Housing

Living on campus is guaranteed and mandatory for exchange students (no exceptions will be given). Students live in self-catered apartment-style housing with Clarkson students. This allows you to gain the full American experience of studying abroad. You will complete the Housing Contract after acceptance through your student portal called PeopleSoft. Students who live in the apartment-style housing are not required to purchase a meal plan, but you can if cooking for yourself isn’t your thing! You can also purchase declining balance which is money added to your account and you can pay for on-campus meals with your student ID card. You may also pay with cash and credit cards. Click here for an overview of the dining locations on campus.

Please note: If a student will be on exchange with their significant other who is also a student, you can be housed together, but it will be in our downtown (not on campus) residences pending availability. You will not be able to live together on-campus.


Exchange students are eligible to apply for a J-1 or F-1 Visa. Click J-1 or F-1 to find out the differences! Our International Student and Scholar Services office will guide you through obtaining your visa, but you must know if you are applying for a J-1 or an F-1 visa when you fill out your application. Click on this website to learn more about the process: You will work closely with our International Students and Scholars Services office in obtaining your documents. If you have specific questions about your visa please email

Health Insurance

Health Insurance coverage is compulsory. If you are coming as a J-1 there are specific coverage requirements. If you are coming in on an F-1 there are not specific requirements, but we recommend having the same or more coverage as a J-1. For more information, visit this link: We encourage you to review different policies and pick one that is right for you. Some additional providers are listed on NAFSA’s website. Travel insurance is not health insurance.

Estimated Expenses

Exchange students do not pay tuition. You pay for your living expenses (housing and food) as well as other entertainment types (travel, books, incidental, health insurance) of expenses. For an estimate of expenses click on this link.

What do you need to complete your application?

1. Most up to date transcript in a PDF

2. Certificate of Finances Form (COF) also located in the application, saved in a PDF.

3. Financial documents that support the amount specified in the COF. All documents must be in English. Letters from a bank must be on bank letterhead, signed, and stamped. The documents do not need to support the exact total amount, just at least that amount. All must be in PDF format.

4. English Ability Form, also located in the application or upload a PDF of TOEFL or IELTS scores. We recommend having a TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, and 80 Internet-based or an IELTS score of 6.5.

5. PDF of a valid passport

6. 7 classes that you intend to enroll in while at Clarkson. You will not be enrolled at this time, but this allows us to contact the academic department ahead of time. Your final class selections should be submitted on your class request form which you will receive with your acceptance letter.

Final Steps

Once your application materials are complete and accepted you will be issued an acceptance letter via email which will contain a username and password for your student account (completely separate from CU Global) in PeopleSoft. Within this system, you will be assigned a “To Do” list. Some items you will need to complete in PeopleSoft are:

  • Student Health Documents
  • Photo for your Student Identification Card
  • Housing Contract
  • AssessAbility Form
  • SF Terms Agreement
  • Health Insurance e-form

We hope this information will help clarify any questions you or your students may have.

Should you have more concern, please feel free to walk in to our office at any time between 10 am and 5 pm.



Mr R.Harish Ananth
Liaison Officer
Office of International Relations
2nd floor, IC&SR Building
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai – 600036
Ph no: 044 22574926/4928