Course Registration for Inbound Exchange Students

Montclair State University is proud to offer more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate-level programs. From Accounting to Visual Arts, our 10 degree-granting schools and colleges provide exciting academic challenges for 22,000 students.

As students visiting Montclair State University, you will have the opportunity to take classes and learn from world class scholars across the following schools at the university:

  • College of the Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social Services
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • Feliciano School of Business
  • John J. Cali School of Music
  • School of Communication and Media
  • University College

This unique collection of schools provides wide breadth of classes that can pique any of your interests. Whether you want to learn about localized history or try your hand at creating your own pottery, Montclair State University promises to offer you an educational opportunity unlike any other. As an exchange student, our faculty and staff are excitedly waiting for you to join their classrooms and provide unique lenses to their fields of studies.

To learn more about these offerings and these requirements, please review the areas below.

Academic Programs and Requirements

Inbound Exchange / Visiting students, in most cases, may select courses in any of the University’s Schools and Departments. There are a few exceptions, for example:

  • Prerequisites must be satisfied for some higher level courses
  • English writing samples may be required for some classes
  • Portfolios may be required for some art classes
  • Auditions may be required for some music and theatre classes
  • Students are excluded from most accounting classes above the 200-level
  • MBA courses are not available to exchange students

Students work with Brooke Klinger, Program Associate Inbound Exchange and Campus Engagement, to register for classes in advance of their semesters of study. View the Course Catalog for a list of all available classes. To confirm if a particular class that interests you will be offered during your semester at Montclair State University, view the Schedule of Courses and search by term. Fall courses are published in early April. Spring courses are published in October. Note that International Inbound Exchange/Visiting students are not allowed to take courses taught fully online. 

Students from partner universities wishing to study at Montclair State University as an inbound exchange/visiting student must be nominated by their home university and may apply for one semester or a full academic year. Students must be in good academic standing at their home university. Contact your institution’s International Office or NSE Coordinator to apply. 

Graduate students are not being accepted for exchange at this time.

Unless exempt, foreign exchange students must demonstrate English language proficiency with these scores:

  • TOEFL iBT Test Minimum Score:70 (see
  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (see
  • English3 Placement Test minimum 55 (see English3)
  • Duolingo test minimum: 95

Those exempt include: citizens of the U.K., Canada, and Australia, and/or have studied four years in their home country in English, and students from University of Agder, University of Graz, and Kristianstad University.

For Fall Admission, all materials should be received by early March. For Spring Admission, all materials should be received by early October. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the fall and spring semesters, but due to space constraints, there are limits to the number of exchange students from each university. Please also keep in mind the time required to secure a visa when applying.

Course Selections

Students work with Brooke Klinger, Program Associate Inbound Exchange and Campus Engagement, to register for classes in advance of their semesters of study. View the Course Catalog in NEST for a list of all available classes.

Note that international Exchange/Visiting students are not allowed to take courses taught fully online.

  • Fall Courses are published early April
  • Spring Courses are published in early October.

If you are unsure on how to read the class schedule and navigate these classes, please review this guide provided by Red Hawk Central.

Students should complete an Exchange/Visiting Student Course Request Form with approximately six classes. Students must register for a minimum of twelve credits and no more than eighteen credit hours. By including six courses on this request form, this maximizes our ability to get you into the classes that you desire the most for the upcoming semester. Students on average take between 12-15 credits per semester, or four to five full credit courses. 

Be mindful of prerequisites and note that even though every department is open to exchange/visiting enrollment, some courses have limitations. While the Office of International Academic Initiatives will try their best to accommodate you to reach your desired courses, there are instances where we may not be able to accommodate you. This includes but is not limited to: major restricted classes, limitation in seat numbers that cannot be challenged, and courses that are based on regional licensing standards.

2023-2024 Inbound Exchange Fillable Course Request Form

Common Registration Questions

What is the minimum number of credit hours that I need to take?
All students on exchange need to take a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester to maintain full time status at Montclair. That being said, your university may have different requirements. Please communicate with your advisor at your home institution to confirm the number of classes you are required to take.

What is the maximum number of credit hours that I can take?
You can take up to eighteen credit hours per semester without additional costs.

How many online classes can I take per semester?
You can take one online class per semester. 

What happens if the registration system is slow and/or crashes?
Please continue to attempt to register for classes. There are a large number of students who are trying to register for classes.

What do I do if a class I want to take is full?
Classes can get full as we have approximately 17,000 undergraduate students. That being said, the Office of International Academic Initiatives is there to assist you. If your class is full you should join the waitlist and register for a different course in order to reach your required credit minimum.

This is why the course request form that you had to complete has up to eight different classes so you have choices to take.  If you join a waitlist, please let me know so I can note it in your file. 

How do waitlist classes work? 
Waitlist is a process you can do to see if you can take a class if it is full. Waitlisting a class does not mean that you are taking this class, it means that you are waiting for a spot and it does not count towards your required classes.

You are only allowed to join one waitlist per course, so if you are waiting for ECON 101 Section 01, you can only join the waitlist for a singular section of a class.  You are not allowed to join multiple waitlists for the same class. 

I got approval to take a class. What happens if I want to change to a different section of the class because I like the time/date better?
You are granted permits by departments to take specific classes at specific times (that is why our office need the CRN and Section number).  If you need to change to a different section/time of your class, please let the Program Associate for Inbound Exchange know and they will contact the department. 

How long do I have to register for classes?
You have until the end of Add/Drop week which ends after your first week of classes.

That being said, you will need to reach a minimum of twelve credit hours to be considered a full time student. Please try to reach twelve credit hours as soon as possible, however, we can always modify your classes if something happens.

What do I do if I can’t register due to a technical issue?
You should visit Montclair’s IT Service Desk and place a ticket.