Registration for all students at Baruch, including exchange students, is done according to assigned registration dates. These dates are staggered, and earlier dates are given to certain classes of students. Exchange students have favorable registration dates, but it is important to stress that there is intense competition for many courses at Baruch, especially advanced undergraduate courses in Accountancy, Finance, Communications Studies, Economics and Marketing. Every semester dozens of Baruch College undergraduate degree candidates are unable to secure a place in any section of a course they want in a given semester. It is therefore very important that we receive your course requests as early as possible. Remember that, as an exchange student, you need to have special permission entered into the registration records before you can register. This requires time, so please make certain that you complete accurately and submit your Application as early as possible.
You also need to be flexible about the courses you want to take at Baruch and be prepared to accept alternatives. You are required to choose and rank in order of preference 12 prospective courses, because a place in one or more of your most preferred courses or sections may be unavailable on your registration date. We will do our best to obtain a place for you in all courses for which you have been approved, but please understand that we cannot guarantee any exchange student a place in any specific course or any specific section. This is especially true if you do not submit your Application and your supporting course materials by the deadlines indicated.
However, the specific timing and to some extent the procedures for registering undergraduate exchange students are somewhat different from those for graduate exchange students.
If you are attending Baruch as an undergraduate exchange student, the Baruch Study Abroad Office, in conjunction with the Baruch Registrar’s Office, will complete your initial registration for you.
Before your registration date, we provide the Registrar’s Office with a final list of the courses that you were approved to take along with the preferred sections for these approved courses that you indicated on your Course Permission Form. The Registrar’s Office will enter permission for you to register for these courses(please note: permission is granted for a given course, NOT for a specific section). You need to submit your Course Permission Form ( contains a Course Permission Form (see pp. 4-5) and the required documentation to the Study Abroad Office as early as possible, to give us plenty of time to obtain the necessary permissions.
On your registration date, the Study Abroad Office will work with the Registrar’s Office to have you enrolled in the preferred sections of the courses you were approved to take.
After your initial registration is complete, you will be sent via email a copy of your schedule for the upcoming semester. You will also be sent a set of instructions on how to access the electronic registration program used by Baruch College, called CUNYfirst. The instructions you receive will show you how to make any changes to your schedule you are authorized to make. You will be able to add, drop, or replace one course or section by another, provided you have been granted permission to take the course. You will be in charge of your final course schedule.
If you are attending Baruch as a graduate exchange student, your initial registration will be completed for you by the Office of Graduate Academic Services, if you requested courses in the Zicklin School of Business, or similar offices in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. Before your registration date, we provide the responsible office in the respective School with a copy of your application, Course Permission Form and any supporting documentation. These offices obtain the permission from the respective departments for the courses on your Course Permission Form. Once they obtain permission, these offices will complete your initial registration.
After your initial registration is complete, or shortly before you are scheduled to arrive at Baruch, you will be sent via email a copy of your schedule for the upcoming semester. You will also be sent a set of instructions on how to access the electronic registration program used by Baruch College, called CUNYfirst. In some cases, you may not be able to complete your registration until you arrive. The instructions you receive will show you how to make any changes to your schedule you are authorized to make. You will be able to add, drop, or replace one course or section by another, provided you have been granted permission to take the course. You will be in charge of your final course schedule.