Admission Requirements for International Exchange Students

  • Wallwork Hall Courtyard

    Considering spending a semester abroad?

    IUP has exchange agreements with more than 50 universities worldwide. Students of these universities can attend IUP on a one- or two-semester non-degree exchange. Please contact the international coordinator at your university for more information and for an International Non-Degree Student Application.

    If you have additional questions, please e-mail intl-exchange@iup.edu.

    Programs of Study

    At IUP, you can choose from more than 140 majors, or programs of study. View a complete list of majors offered at IUP.

    After You’re Accepted

    Look for an acceptance packet in the mail. The Office of International Education will create an immigration document (DS-2019) and mail the acceptance packet. 

    How to Apply for Student Exchange

    Applications for exchange students are not available online. International Nondegree Student Applications are available from the international coordinator at your home university.

    Housing

    IUP requires all international students from partner universities to live on campus in one of IUP’s suite-style residence halls. Each suite is equipped with individual bathrooms, high-speed wired and wireless Internet connectivity, microwaves and refrigerators, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and many more features. More information is available online.

    All international students should choose to live in Wallwork Hall when selecting their on-campus housing, as this facility is dedicated to Global Awareness and remains open during break periods such as Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break when other living facilities are closed. Housing during Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break is free for international students living on campus. 

    Arrival Date

    All new international students and scholars should arrive on the arrival date and must attend International Student and Scholar Orientation. IUP sponsors a bus pick-up from the Pittsburgh International Airport for students who arrive before 8:00 p.m. on the specified arrival date. A seat must be reserved in advance for each student by submitting the “Orientation Arrival Form” through his or her personal MyIUP account (instructions are included in the acceptance packet). Students not arriving on the official arrival date must arrange their own transportation to IUP.

    If students cannot arrive at the airport before 8:00 p.m. and want to ride the IUP-sponsored bus, we strongly recommend they plan to arrive a day early and stay at a hotel near the airport. (More information is provided in the mailed acceptance package, which includes our IUP Pre-Arrival Guide.) The hotels near the airport offer free shuttle service to and from the airport, so students can be transported back to the airport to catch the IUP-sponsored bus to Indiana on the official arrival date.

    Please note that the Pittsburgh International Airport is approximately two hours from IUP, depending on traffic, weather, and road conditions.

    International Student Orientation

    International Student and Scholar Orientation is mandatory for all new international students and scholars. A $125 fee is charged for this program. Orientation is designed specifically for international students and scholars to help them succeed at IUP. They will learn about IUP academic and student services, US academic culture, and student visa and immigration regulations. In addition, students will meet with academic advisors and register for courses during orientation. For more information on International Student Orientation, please see the Your First Week page.

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