University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Spring 2018: EXCHANGE Europe TASSEP

Program Dates
This program is closed.

Program Overview Note: This program requires the even exchange of students between UD and the partner institution abroad. Therefore the number of exchange spots available to outbound UD students is dependent on the number of inbound students sent to UD by the partner institution. If parity is not achieved, the exchange cannot take place. It is anticipated that 3 spots per year will be available for 2015-2018

The Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP) is a consortium of member universities from the European Union, Canada and the United States. Through strong academic advising by science faculty, who work in close cooperation with their study abroad offices, TASSEP ensures that students are properly advised about course selection and eases the problems of receiving credit for courses taken abroad. The goal is to permit students to take most of their normal junior level courses abroad and still be able to graduate on time.

TASSEP was conceived largely through the efforts of Prof. Nigel Rogers of the University of Lancaster, England and various study abroad departments at U.S. universities. The purpose was to expand the European science student exchange programs to the United States. These efforts bore fruit with the funding of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 1993 to a consortium of U.S. Universities, led by the project director, Prof. Tomas Baer of the University of North Carolina. A major effort during the first year of this grant was the recruitment of faculty advisors, who had an interest in study abroad. Meetings with European and American chemistry faculty and directors of the study abroad offices led to the formal agreement, which culminated in the signing of the memorandum of understanding.

The first students were sent abroad in the 1994-5 academic year. Twenty U.S. students from UNC, the University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M, Franklin and Marshall, and Michigan State University attended European universities in Lancaster (England), Liege, Grenoble, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Jena, Glasgow (Strathclyde), and Dublin. In exchange about twenty EU students studied for the year at the various participating U.S. Universities.

The current Canadian members of the TASSEP consortium are: Dalhousie University, McMaster University, Queen's University, Simon Fraser University, Universite de Montreal, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Waterloo.

The current European members of the TASSEP consortium are: Aarhus University, Ecole Superieure de Chimie Physique Electronique, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Queens University Belfast, Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Vienna, Trinity College, Universidad Complutense, Universite Joseph Fourier, University of Bologna, University of Geneva, University of Pais Vasco Bilbao Campus, University of Pais Vasco San Sebastian Campus, University of Paris 6, University of Paris-Sud, University of Pavia, and Université Paul Sabatier.

The current US members of the TASSEP consortium are: Franklin and Marshall College, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Temple University, The University of Oregon, University of Delaware, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Washington.

The universities: The most up-to-date list of participating universities can be found here .

Language: The language of instruction depends on the university in Europe. The links to each university participating indicate the corresponding language of instruction.

Calendar: The calendars are generally similar to that of the University of Delaware but the specific dates are determined by each university. Please consult the TASSEP website for specific dates.

Visas and Passports: All students are required to obtain a student visa before they can commence their studies at the European universities-participants. The process will vary by destination country.

A student visa application can only be completed once students have received their Confirmation of Enrollment Form from the participant university. This form is only released once students have paid all of the requested fees and met all of the conditions of their offer. Students should budget approximately $600 USD for visa fees and expenses.

Transportation: Transportation costs are borne by the students. Each university of the TASSEP has a description of transportation from nearby airports to the respective campuses.

Housing: Students are encouraged to live in university housing and to apply for such housing in advance. Every participant university has housing available; however, the reservation is a responsibility of the participating students.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: All students must enroll in the 0-credit course UNIV 550 (placeholder for this travel study experience) and UNIV 372 (Discovery Learning marker). Courses are taught in English or the local language and can vary from semester to semester.   Only courses completed with the equivalent grade of “C” or better will transfer back to UD. It is the student's responsibility to secure the necessary UD transfer credit permissions prior to departure.

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$5,935.00$15,930.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,935.00$15,930.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

Contact Information:
Andrew Teplyakov
Faculty Director
Chemistry and Biochemistry
112 Lammot DuPont Laboratory

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2017

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.