Baltimore Student Exchange Program

Policies for Baltimore Student Exchange Program

The Baltimore Student Exchange (BSEP) Program allows qualified students at Goucher to take undergraduate courses offered at other colleges during fall and spring semesters. At the end of the semester, the student’s credits and grades from the host institution are submitted to Goucher.

Participating BSEP schools:

College of Notre Dame

Community College of Baltimore County

Coppin State College

Johns Hopkins University

Loyola College

Maryland Institute College of Art

Morgan State University

Peabody Institute (@JHU)

Stevenson University

Towson University

University of Baltimore

University of Maryland (UMBC)

University of Maryland, College Park


  • All the participating schools now publish their course selections online. Go to the above website for course listings.
  • The BSEP is open to full-time sophomores, juniors, and first semester seniors registered on a full-time basis at the student’s home institution, provided the request is approved by the home institution BSEP coordinator.
  • Seniors in their last semester are only able to take a BSEP course if there are no other options available, the other BSEP school agrees to allow a graduating senior into the course, and the course ends before Goucher's degree date for that term. Students may not under any circumstances, ask the instructor or the other school's administrators, to allow the student to finish the course earlier or have their final grades earlier than any other student in the course.
  • At some institutions, first-year students may take a foreign language not offered at Goucher. They will be required to submit a Foreign Language Agreement form (PDF) to the chair of the Modern Languages Department.
  • BSEP courses are only available during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students must be full-time (12 credits) to participate in the BSEP Program. Part-time students may not participate. At Goucher, the BSEP course may be used to reach full-time status. Make sure the approved BSEP course will not take you over your credit limit.
  • BSEP registration forms will be accepted through the end of the add/drop period of the host institution.
  • Responses from BSEP schools are generally acknowledged as follows:
  • Fall courses are usually confirmed in August.
  • Spring courses are usually confirmed in January.
  • Confirmation depends on the academic calendar and registration period in place at the host institution.
  • Ordinarily students may take only two courses per year at another host institution.
  • Ordinarily courses offered at Goucher are not to be taken through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program.
  • When a course is closed, some host institutions will allow Goucher students to be signed in over the cap. Consult Goucher’s BSEP coordinator in the SAS Office for the procedure required by the institution.
  • Goucher students do not pay additional tuition for BSEP courses; however, they are responsible for lab fees, parking fees, and library fines. Most schools will not release grades if there is an outstanding balance. Any exceptional charges must be paid directly to the host institution.
  • BSEP courses may not be taken pass/no pass, as an audit, or independent work.
  • BSEP courses are treated as regular Goucher courses on the transcript. Credits will be calculated into the GPA.
  • Students driving to a host institution are responsible for obtaining a parking pass for that institution.
  • Some schools are accessible by the Collegetown shuttle at as well as through the MTA bus and rail.
  • Students need to take travel time into account when including a BSEP course in their schedule. Course time conflicts cannot be accommodated.
  • Registration policy for students participating in BSEP is determined by the host institution.
  • Students are subject to the academic regulation of the host institution. Participating students are requested to acquaint themselves with both the academic and non-academic regulations of the host institution. These may include but are not limited to class attendance – absence, deadlines for grading options, withdrawal deadlines, academic honor code, and final examination dates.
  • Students who violate host institution academic policy regarding cheating and plagiarism are subject to the host institution's disciplinary procedures. The BSEP coordinator will notify the home institution of any incident, action taken, or appeal procedures. Further action is left to the discretion of the home institution (Goucher).
  • Students charged with a violation of a host institution's code of conduct are subject to the host institution’s disciplinary policies and procedures.

To register for a BSEP course:

Submit your BSEP registration form to the BSEP coordinator in the Office of the Registrar, located in Student Administrative Services. Please use Internet Explorer or Chrome to type your information into the form before downloading and printing it.

The form should be signed by the advisor, and if special permission is required, the host institution instructor. BSEP courses may not be added by using an add/drop form.

BSEP registration form (PDF)

To drop a BSEP course:

Fill out a Goucher add/drop slip and have it signed by your advisor. Note: BSEP drops and withdraws follow the academic calendar of the host institution only. Specify this is a BSEP course. Submit the form to the BSEP coordinator in the Registrar's Office located in Student Administrative Services. Goucher will notify the host institution of your class drop or withdrawal.

For additional information, contact the Baltimore Student Exchange Program coordinator at 410-337-6023 or email the Registrar’s Office at