CIC Traveling Scholar Program

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the consortium of the Big Ten universities adn the University of Chicago, established the Traveling Scholar Program to increase the cooperative use of its member institutions' resources. The program enables doctoral students at any CIC university to take advantage of educational opportunities at any CIC university.


Interested students should first consult with their advisors to determine if there are resources at a CIC institution that would enhance preparation or their dissertation research. These resources cannot duplicate educational opportunities offered at Ohio State. The student's advisor must discuss the proposed visit with a colleague at the host university. Both parties must agree that the student is qualified to take advantage of the visit.


Fill out the CIC Traveling Scholar form on the CIC website. Submit the application no later than the normal registration deadline for the relevant semester. If the application is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State, it is then forwarded to the graduate school at the host campus for approval. The student and advisor are notified regarding the host campus' decision.

Enrollment Requirements

Ohio State Traveling Scholars register and pay fees at Ohio State. They normally register for independent study courses or research credit (999) and earn a grade of Satisfactory ("S") or Unsatisfactory ("U"). These grades appear on the student's official permanent record at Ohio State. The actual courses taken and grades earned appear on the host university's transcript, which is provided at the end of the quarter or semester.

Time limit

Visits by Traveling Scholars may not exceed two semesters or three quarters.

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Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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