4. You must also submit the following documents. Please send them to our office:
- Statement of Financial Support (PDF document)
- The format of this document is for all international students, so the amounts listed and information requested is slightly different from what is required for exchange students. Please be certain to ask our office directly for clarification on any of the contents of this document.
- You may utilize this form, or submit official bank documents.
- Note: for your convenience, a second original statement should be kept to show at the U.S. embassy or consular office when applying for your visa.
- Regular Exchange Students: Your documentation must certify that students have a total of $7,513.00 for one semester, and $15,026.00 for an academic year.
- Free Movers: Your documentation must certify that you have a total of $11,635.00 for one semester, and $23,270.00 for an academic year.
- This document must show amounts in liquid funds (like a savings or debit account - not a retirement account or anticipated income), and must either be a document stamped and signed by a bank official or an original bank statement.
- Your documentation may show monetary amounts in your home currency or in US Dollars. Exchange rates effective on the day of document review will be utilized.
- Summary of Educational Experience
- Proof of English Proficiency level (for example: TOEFL score documentation. Please note that due to increased requirements by the US Department of State, we are now requiring all ISEP applicants to submit either TOEFL or IELTS score documentation. A minimum 79 TOEFL score (Paper Based: 550, Computer Based: 213) or 6.5 IELTS score is required.
- Immunization Memo and Proof of Immunization Compliance
Please visit the UNO Student Health Services website for more information. This document can be faxed or mailed to Student Health Services, and a copy should also be emailed to ISEP.
- Letter of recommendation from at least one professor or academic advisor
- Letter of intent
- Official transcript from your home university (A student must have a GPA of 2.25 or higher cumulative GPA as calculated by our Admissions Office.)
- Photocopy of the Title Page of your Passport
Send all these documents to (please note that we have moved recently):
International Student Exchange Programs
UNO International Center
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
5. Once you have been admitted to UNO, we will send your local program coordinator your official letter of admission and form DS-2019, which you will need to apply for your student visa. If you are not familiar with how to get a student visa, click here for some advice. The type of visa you will have is J1: exchange visitor.
6. Housing. Students may choose where they would prefer to live. You have the following options:
1. Pontchartrain Hall is a traditional U.S. dormitory opened in Fall 2007. See their website for floor plans and pricing. Apply early, as they fill quickly!
2. Privateer Place is an on-campus apartment complex (rather than a dormitory) run by a non-UNO company. Check their website for floor plans, pricing, and leasing information.
Note: make sure you get a room confirmation in writing (via email or post). The UNO ISEP does not recommend that students stay in Privateer Place, especially if you plan to stay only one semester. If you do prefer to live in Privateer Place, be sure to read the lease, rental agreement, and any other documentation very carefully. International students may be expected to pay for several months' rent up front.
3. Off-campus (private) housing. There is no clearinghouse for this kind of information, but one good source is the OISS (Office of International Students and Scholars) classified ads. To sign up, go to the OISS web site. If you do choose off-campus housing, it is a good idea to consult UNO ISEP staff prior to signing any lease or rental agreement. Again, however, UNO ISEP does not provide assistance with finding private housing, nor do we recommend living off-campus for short-term students.
Note: all new international students will have to arrive prior to the official move-in date for most on-campus housing. Please be aware of this, and that you may have to pay a minor fee for early move-in. You should make arrangements for this directly with your housing office.
7. Download and print our Pre-Arrival Checklist for incoming students.
UNO International Sudent Information
Exchange Visitor Visas
UNO Office of International Students and Scholars
UNO learning resource center