See the World with The University of New Orleans
Incoming Exchange Students
Application Information

Deadlines to Apply

Fall 2017: June 25, 2017
Spring 2018: November 15, 2017 (tentative)

Fall 2017 Important Dates
Get your applications for Spring semesters in early!
Turnaround time for these programs is much quicker than for Fall semesters.

Here are a few important steps that you have to follow in order to apply and get accepted.

1. Apply and be accepted at your home university.
Contact the student exchange office at your own university for more information.

2. Fill out the online Study Abroad Application and upload your digital photo.
Note: select the program "UNO-ISEP Incoming Students." You will need to use the same information and your confirmation ID in order to upload your digital photo.

3. Read our detailed application instructions with screen shots.
Then fill out the online application for admission to the University of New Orleans.

The UNO online application for admission is a general form for all potential students, and asks for a lot of information. Read through it (plus our instructions) carefully as incorrect information can delay your application from being processed.

4. You must also submit the following documents. Please send them to our office:

  • Statement of Financial Support (PDF document)
    • This document is for all international students, so the information requested is broad and may differ from what is required for exchange students. See below for financial amounts you must show. And please ask our office directly for clarification on any of the contents of this document.
    • You may utilize this form, submit official bank documents, or a combination of both.
    • Note: for your convenience, original versions of these statements should be kept to show at the U.S. embassy or consular office when applying for your visa.
    • Regular Exchange Students (undergraduate & graduate): Your documentation must certify that you have a total of $7,625.00 for one semester, and $15,251.00 for an academic year.
    • Undergraduate Free Movers: Your documentation must certify that you have a total of $12,202.00 for one semester, and $24,405.00 for an academic year.
    • Graduate Free Movers: Your documentation must certify that you have a total of $12,455.00 for one semester, and $24,911.00 for an academic year.
    • This document (and/or your supporting documents) 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 (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 unless special circumstances are specified). A minimum 70 TOEFL score or 6.0 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 International Student Exchange Office recommend that you be sure to carefully read the lease, rental agreement, and any other documentation very carefully. International students may be expected to pay for several months' rent up front, or to sign lease agreements for longer periods of time than your intended stay, which then requires vigilance to be released from once in residence.

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.

Helpful links for international students:

UNO International Sudent Information

Exchange Visitor Visas

UNO Office of International Students and Scholars

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