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Expand your horizons

Want to take classes at another institution while you’re a student at IU Indianapolis? We can show you how to do that.

You can take classes at two different colleges at the same time

IU Indianapolis is a member of two programs that give you the opportunity to study at another college or university: the National Student Exchange and the Consortium for Urban Education (CUE). Depending on the program you choose, you can study in Indianapolis, at another US location (even Puerto Rico!), or in Canada.

Travel with the National Student Exchange

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a study-away opportunity that allows IU Indianapolis undergraduates to spend a semester or year at a member school in the United States, a US territory (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands), or Canada while paying IU Indianapolis tuition and fees.

The program is open to IU Indianapolis undergraduate students who meet program eligibility requirements. Participate in NSE to broaden your personal and educational perspectives, live in and explore new places, take courses not available at your home campus, acquire life skills, experience personal growth, see different perspectives on life, and more.

To research host school options, visit the National Student Exchange website.

Study in Indianapolis with the Consortium for Urban Education

The Consortium for Urban Education (CUE) gives you the option of taking undergraduate courses at certain Indianapolis-area universities if they aren’t available at your home institution (IU Indy is your home institution). Earning credits from these host campuses enhances your undergraduate degree program by helping you explore new areas of study.

CUE member institutions

The following Central Indiana schools join IU Indianapolis as part of CUE. The academic calendars for the schools vary.

Home vs. host institution

Your home institution is where you’re earning your degree. Your host institution is the school you’re visiting where you want to cross-register.

CUE enrollment deadlines

IU Indianapolis students:

  • Fall: Obtain forms beginning August 1, to be completed and returned by August 10.
  • Spring: Obtain forms beginning December 1, to be completed and returned by December 10.

Students from other CUE institutions:

  • Fall: Submit completed forms to IU Indianapolis from August 1 through August 14.
  • Spring: Submit completed forms to IU Indianapolis from December 1 through December 15.

The consortium is not available to students during summer sessions.

How to participate in CUE

IU Indianapolis students should request a CUE cross-registration application by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

Next, talk with your advisor about your course selection. You’ll need to get signatures from your advisor and dean on the cross-registration application.

A registrar team member will work with the host institution to find out if there’s space in the course you want to enroll in. If so, we’ll send your application to the host institution, complete arrangements for you, and secure your place in the desired class.

Students should not contact the host school directly to enroll. If enrollment is done directly through the host institution, you will be billed for the course.

After you’re enrolled, you’ll also receive information about your host school’s institutional policies, such as parking regulations or student ID cards. The specific class you take might also mean having to pay laboratory charges or special fees charged by the host institution.

After you’ve taken the course, the host school will send your official, final grade to the IU Indianapolis registrar team. The course and grade will appear on your IU Indianapolis transcript as having been taken while you were a student here. The grade will be included in your IU Indianapolis GPA.

Policies, eligibility, and conditions of CUE eligibility

Your CUE enrollment eligibility is determined by your home institution and is subject to the rules and conditions outlined here.


  • You may enroll in a maximum of one undergraduate CUE course per semester, not to exceed a total of four courses throughout your undergraduate program.
  • You may register for credit courses offered by other CUE institutions on a space-available basis.
  • CUE is not available during summer sessions.
  • If you enroll in an IU Indianapolis course as a CUE student, you cannot enroll in any other courses at IU Indianapolis under another admission status for the same term.
  • You may use the cross-registration system to register for ROTC courses at IU Indianapolis without negating the possibility of cross-registration in one other course during the same semester (in addition to ROTC courses).


  • You must be enrolled in at least three credit hours at your home institution.
  • You must be either degree-seeking or nondegree and seeking certification for teaching.
  • Your desired course is not currently available at your home institution or is filled.
  • Space must be available in your desired course at the host institution.
  • You must have satisfied all course prerequisites and/or met the admission standards of the host institution.
  • Submitting an application does not automatically assure admission to the course.
  • Tuition, where required, is paid to the home campus.
  • You’re responsible for payment of any additional course fees, lab fees, materials, etc. to the host institution as appropriate.
  • In cases of differing academic regulations, those of the host institution will apply.

Courses that aren’t included in cross-registration

Not all courses can be taken through CUE. The exceptions are as follows:

  • Some courses that include field experience (e.g., methods courses, student teaching)
  • Applied music courses, including private lesson courses
  • Independent study courses
  • Capstone/Senior seminars
  • Tourism, Event, and Sport Management courses at IU Indianapolis
  • IU Kelley School of Business courses at IU Indianapolis
  • Overseas study courses
  • Marian Adult Program (MAP) at Marian University
  • The online nursing program at Marian University

IU Indianapolis

Office of the Registrar

Campus Center, Room 250
420 University Blvd

Indianapolis, IN 46202