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Student Exchange

Applying as an Exchange Student

This is the application procedure for exchange agreements managed by the Office of International Affairs:

Laval University, Canada
University of Alicante, Spain 
Monterrey Tech, Mexico

If you are a student at one of our partner universities, please contact the International Office or Exchange Program Coordinator at your home school to find out whether you meet your home school's eligibility criteria to apply for study as an exchange student at SIUE. All prospective exchange students wishing to study at SIUE must be nominated by their home university.

Application packets should be sent to SIUE's Office of International Affairs by the nominating school.

Tuition, Fees and Housing Costs - Exchange students pay tuition to home university and pay SIUE for mandatory university fees. The amount of fees depends on the number of semester hours. Exchange students are required to register for a minimum of 12 semester hours, which usually is four courses. Exchange students are required to live on campus, and normally are placed inCougar Village Apartments. SIUE housing costs are billed per semester.

The following forms and documents must arrive at SIUE Office of International Affairs no later than the application deadline:

May 1 for fall semester; November 1 for spring semester

  1. To apply for admission:
  • Complete an International Student Financial Form - You and the sponsor(s) must sign this form. The bank statement must reflect a minimum amount of $7,500 per semester ( International Student Financial Form)

  • Financial/bank statement - The bank statement(s) must reflect the amount of funds provided by the sponsor, bear the original signature of a representative of the bank or financial institution and it must be dated within 90 days from the date it is received by our office. Proof of financial support must be received and approved before an DS-2019 will be issued.

  • Official Academic Transcript from home university with grades

  • Copy of passport - page with photo and biographical information

  • Official TOEFL Score Report sent to SIUE (Test date must be within two years from the term we process your application. Minimum scores: 79-80 on IB-TOEFL, 550 on PB-TOEFL) SIUE's institutional code for reporting scores is 1759

  • A List of at Least 8 Proposed SIUE Courses - Exchange students are required to take 12 credit hours (usually 4 courses) to meet the full course load requirement. Select 8 courses that fit with your academic needs. The list should include the course code and course title. For example: 
    MKTG 300 - Principles of Marketing 

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  1. Immediately Upon Approval for Admission as an Exchange Student:
  • Complete and Submit SIUE Housing Application- A non-refundable $300 deposit is due with the application. You can complete a housing application online. You are required to have an SIUE e-ID to apply for housing. You will receive an SIUE e-ID (via email) as soon as you are approved for admission.
  1. Health Insurance:
  • Exchange students will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan that meet the minimum coverage required by the J1 immigration status. The cost is approximately $700 per semester. For more information, please check health insurance at SIUE.
  • Submit proof of immunizations required by Illinois State Law and SIUE.

Questions? Please contact Sandra Tamari in the Office of International Affairs at satamar@siue.edu

Mailing Address: 
Office of International Affairs 
0300 Student Success Center 
SIUE Campus Box 1159, SIUE 
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1159 

Telephone: +1-618-650-3781
Fax: +1-618-650-2419

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