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Exchange Programs


The Brown - Tougaloo Partnership (BTP) has several exchange programs that are open to students, faculty and staff on both campuses.  They include:

  • Student Semester Exchange Program – This program offers students the opportunity to study at the partner institution for one semester. Students enroll directly at the partner institution and credits are approved at the home insitution.
  • Faculty & Staff Exchanges – This program is designed to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions by building faculty and staff connections. Faculty have offered a single or a series of lectures or workshops, or visited with colleagues to discuss teaching issues. Staff have consulted on a variety of special projects as needed. A new Virtual Faculty Exchange was started in 2007.
  • BTP Faculty Fellows Program - This program offers Brown advanced graduate students the opportunity to teach at Tougaloo College for 1-2 semesters.
  • Student campus visit program - These visits are arranged as needed and offer Tougaloo students the opportunity to visit Brown and become acquainted with the campus and the school.
  • Student Leaders Program - This program invites select students to the partner campus to develop collaborative ventures between students. The visits usually focus on connecting student groups as a means to create sustained collaboration.
  • Bernstein Scholars - This program funds projects led by students involved in the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership. These activities may include, but are not limited to, convening focus groups, conducting field research related to historical, public health, cultural, policy and/or community based projects that would have an impact on student learning while improving and fostering the partnership between Brown and Tougaloo.
  • Student Summer Research - Opportunities exist at Brown through the Leadership Alliance and various departments and disciplines. Brown students may participate in research at the Jackson Heart Study and/or conduct independent research in other disciplinary areas. Please contact us for more information.


In the early 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement, Brown University and Tougaloo College entered into a formal relationship.  This unique relationship between a northern Ivy League University and a Historically Black College has remained a steadfast presence on both campuses that inspires and educates students, faculty, and staff.

The student semester study away program is a fundamental element of the relationship.  Exchanges are for one semester, usually in a student’s junior year. The program has several funds that support the exchange and Brown is committed to funding five Tougaloo students on-site each academic year.

Faculty visits have included exchanges from Brown’s Africana Studies, Biology and Medicine, English, History, Sociology, Language Studies, Chemistry to name a few.  Tougaloo professors that have visited Brown include representatives from the departments of Natural Sciences, Music, French, Math, Ecology, Biology and Political Science.


Applications for the Semester Exchange Program are due on: February 1 for the following Fall/Spring Semesters and October 1 for the folllowing academic year — Fall or Spring. The October 1 deadline allows you to apply one year in advance. You may download checklists and orientation booklets below:

Checklist for Brown Students going to Tougaloo.

Orientation Booklet - Brown Students going to Tougaloo.

Checklist for Tougaloo Students going to Brown.

Orientation Booklet - Tougaloo Students going to Brown.


Requests for student visits, faculty and staff exchanges, and the Faculty Fellows Program are coordinated by Dr. Bhattacharyya..

Please contact institutional coordinators for more information. For an overview of exchanges(and programs), please see our Program Update document.