Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC)

The Graduate School joined this consortium beginning academic year 2002-03. The members include: Columbia University, Teachers College-Columbia, City University of New York-Graduate Center, Fordham University, the New School for Social Research, New York University, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and Stony Brook University. 

The consortium exists to facilitate doctoral arts and science students taking needed coursework at one or several of the other institutions. It is for graduate course-taking only. Graduate level courses are indicated by a course number of 500 or above. It does not arrange or sanction dissertation research and/or faculty consultation at member institutions. Please note: Students who wish to take one course only at Columbia University, should go through the IUDC exchange, not the Exchange Scholar Program.

Students must have completed one academic year of full-time residence in a Ph.D. program.

No tuition or fees are exchanged. Grades will be reported through an official transcript from the host institution, and the course will be reported on the student's Princeton transcript. Please note that students must abide by the host institution's grading policies. Students enrolling in a course at Princeton may not audit the course.

Students who want to participate are urged to make contact, either themselves or through their advisers, with the instructor of the course they want to take before starting the formal application process.

The 2017-18 deadlines for registration at Princeton are September 22 for the fall term and February 9 for the spring term.

Registration Instructions for Princeton University Students

  • Complete the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium Registration Form.
  • Fill out all areas of the form clearly and legibly for accurate registration and grade reporting. Be sure that you have provided your full address, including zip code, as well as a phone number and email address at which the host school can reach you in addition to all course information.
  • Obtain signatures in the following order only (signatures will not be given out of order):
    • Princeton Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, or Adviser
    • Princeton IUDC Coordinator
    • Host School Course Instructor
    • Host School Dean / IUDC Coordinator
  • Register at Host School -- Give one copy of the form to the IUDC Coordinator at the host school after you have collected the other three signatures. It is your responsibility to find out about registration procedures specific to the host institution.
  • Return the completed registration form to the Princeton IUDC Coordinator.

If you need to drop your IUDC course, please be sure to do so by the host school's drop/add deadline by contacting the host school's IUDC Coordinator. Please also inform the Princeton IUDC Coordinator that you've dropped the course.

Member schools send each other final grades approximately three weeks after the end of each semester. If you have completed your course and your grade has been posted at the host school by that time you need not do anything else to get your grade at Princeton. If you have not completed your course or your grade has not been posted by the time of the grade exchange, then it is your responsibility to take actions that will get your grade to Princeton. Once a grade has been posted at the host school, contact the host school IUDC Coordinator and request that a transcript be sent to the Princeton IUDC Coordinator. The host school IUDC Coordinator will then have a new transcript sent to Princeton at no cost to you. Host school rules on course completion apply, so if you do take an incomplete for a course, be sure you are familiar with those rules if you do not intend to complete the course right away.

Registration Instructions for Students Visiting Princeton University

  • Complete the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium Registration Form
  • Fill out all areas of the form clearly and legibly for accurate registration and grade reporting. Be sure that you have provided your email address, including zip code, as well as a phone number and email address at which we can reach you in addition to all Princeton course information.
  • Obtain signatures in the following order only (signatures will not be given out of order):
    • Home School Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, or Adviser
    • Home School Dean / IUDC Coordinator
    • Princeton Course Instructor
    • Princeton IUDC Coordinator
  • Submit your form to 111 Clio Hall or send your form as a PDF to the Princeton IUDC Coordinator only after having obtained the first 3 signatures. We will accept an email from the course instructor which gives explicit permission to join the class in lieu of a physical signature. The other two permissions must be physical signatures. Instructor permission to join a class does not constitute guaranteed enrollment in the course. Visiting students may be denied enrollment or placed on a wait list if the course is closed. You will be contacted if there is a registration issue.
  • Once your enrollment goes through, you will receive a Princeton netID and password that will provide you access to email and Blackboard for any coursework. You will also have access to Firestone Library. Please visit the Priviledges Office at Firestone Library with a photo ID, and they will make you a library card. The office is open Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm; Saturday, 9am - 12n and 1pm - 5pm; and Sunday, 1pm - 5pm. Please note, you will not receive a TigerCard (Princeton student ID card).

If you need to drop your IUDC course, please contact the Princeton IUDC Coordinator. You may only drop your course through the first twelve weeks of the semester. After that you will receive a grade. Courses may not be audited. We will send your grade to your home school approximately three weeks after the end of the term in which you took your course. Host school rules on course completion apply, so if you do take an incomplete for a course, be sure you are familiar with Princeton's incomplete policy.

For further questions, please contact the consortium office of either the home or host school as applicable.