Special Registration Exchange Programs

State/National/Military Exchange

Towson University students may expand their educational opportunities by studying at universities throughout Maryland, the United States, and in countries around the world. In some programs, students are able to pay tuition approximately equal to that at TU (plus transportation), while others will require additional funds. Students considering one of the off-campus study options will want to plan ahead for their experience.

Inter-Institutional Registration & Baltimore Student Exchange Programs

Enrollment Services Center, Room 241
Phone: 410-704-2007

The Inter-Institutional Registration Program (IIR) at Towson University is designed to foster an interchange of students between TU and other University System of Maryland (USM) institutions. Additionally, certain private colleges, such as Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, Morgan State University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Peabody Institute of JHU, and Stevenson University also participate in a similar program called the Baltimore Student Exchange Program (BSEP), with no additional tuition costs to students.

Students who are interested in the IIR or BSEP should contact the Special Programs Office at interinstitutional@towson.edu. Qualifying students must be full time, degree-seeking students in good academic standing and hold sophomore status or higher. Students must maintain a full load (12 or more units) at TU. With approval of the coordinator, students may register for one course in a spring or fall term with a maximum of two courses per academic year at all host institutions combined. Enrollment is on a space-available basis. Students must obtain special permits or instructor consent to register for courses that require permission to register at the host institution. Students participating in these programs must follow the academic calendar at the host institution including add/drop and withdrawal deadlines.

At the end of the term, the host institution’s Registrar will send an official transcript to TU. The courses completed and grades earned will be posted to the TU record and calculated into Towson University's cumulative grade point average. Additionally, a notation will be made that the coursework was completed through the program, indicating the name of the host institution.

Course & Grading

  • Courses will appear on your schedule as IIR / BSEP 100, 300, 500, 600, etc. depending on level.
  • After completing the course, TU will receive an official transcript from the host institution. The course/grade will be posted and calculated into TU's cumulative GPA.
  • Students participating in this program are expected to take courses for regular grades and may not audit classes. A pass option request must be approved by the home institution in accordance with the host institution's deadlines.
  • Courses will be graded with an incomplete until the grade is received. The host institution may withhold a transcript/grade until all financial obligations are met. Any incomplete grades remaining after 180 days will lapse to an F. 

National Student Exchange (NSE)

Psychology Bldg, Room 408
Phone: 410-704-2451

This program allows full-time degree candidates an opportunity to become acquainted with social and educational patterns in other areas of the United States. Through TU’s membership in the NSE, students may attend another NSE college/university in the United States, its territories and several universities in Canada for a term or a full year while paying tuition and fees to TU. 

At the end of the term, the approved TU equivalent courses and grades will be posted to the TU record and calculated into Towson University's cumulative grade point average. Additionally, a notation will be made that the coursework was completed through the program, indicating the name of the host institution. For more information, contact nse@towson.edu

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

Enrollment Services Center, Room 247
Phone: 410-704-2007

Undergraduate students who meet certain eligibility criteria may participate in officer training for the military. TU will accept transfer units earned from a recognized ROTC Program sponsored by an accredited college or university. The Army ROTC program is coordinated through Loyola University Maryland (410-617-2276). The Air Force ROTC program is coordinated with the University of Maryland College Park (301-314-3242). Courses will be considered upper-level or lower-level units as defined by the transferring school and are applicable as elective units toward a TU degree. ROTC units are considered to be non-traditional units and are included in the 45 non-traditional unit maximum allowed by academic policy.

ROTC registration is coordinated through the Registrar's Special Programs Office