Incoming Participants

Welcome, incoming graduate exchange participants

Congratulations on your nomination to participate in the exchange program with Indiana University. Exchange participants may study or conduct research on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

If you are enrolling in courses, you must apply for admission to Indiana University. Because IU Bloomington has a broad range of academic disciplines, you should carefully review the available academic programs before starting your application for admission.


To participate in the exchange, you must possess the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree or similar certification prior to enrollment at Indiana University as a nondegree exchange participant.

English proficiency is an important factor in your potential success. Should you propose to come to the United States for a period of intensive English study prior to your enrollment, you should notify the Office of International Partnerships. Such additional English study will be at your expense.

Before you apply

Before you start the application for admission, review the list of academic programs and identify the one that most closely matches your current program of study. You will be asked to select this academic program on your application.

Important notes

Exchange students may not apply for admission to any academic program in the Kelley School of Business or the Maurer School of Law.

If you are a Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) student, you are restricted to academic programs offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.

If you are a Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) or National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) student, you may enroll in courses for credit or focus primarily on research. To enroll in courses, you must apply and be admitted to IU.

Are you planning to do research?

If you are visiting Indiana University solely for the purpose of conducting research, you should follow the instructions to come as a J-1 visiting scholar. As a visiting scholar, you are not required to apply for admission. You will have the option to audit up to two courses.

Start your application

After you have chosen the academic program that best meets your academic goals, you should complete the application for admission.

You will be required to pay the application fee. An application is not submitted for review until the fee is paid. Some exchange participants may qualify for reimbursement of this fee; the letter of acceptance sent to your home institution will indicate if this is covered.

Apply for admission

After you apply

After you have submitted the online application, your home institution’s exchange coordinator should send the following supporting documents to the Office of International Partnerships:

  • IU International Application for Admission (application form printed from online application system)
  • TOEFL or IELTS Score Report (required)
  • Official academic records (originals or certified copies)
  • Degree certificates (originals or certified copies)
  • 2–3 letters of recommendation (in English or translated into English)
  • Resume
  • 300–500-word statement of purpose
  • Evidence of financial support beyond IU financial support
  • Evidence of financial support for dependents, if applicable
  • Other special tests as directed (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.)

We will then submit your printed application and supporting documents to the appropriate department or school for review. This process can take several weeks.

Financial support

Indiana University and your home institution have negotiated specific terms of support for exchange participants. All participants receive a waiver for tuition and fees, and some participants may receive a fellowship award from Indiana University that covers housing and/or meals and incidentals. Participants from FUB and SKKU are automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan, the cost of which IU covers.

What IU covers for your program
Home institutionTuition and mandatory feesHealth insuranceHousingMeals and incidentals

Taxation of your fellowship award

A fellowship award is considered taxable income by the state of Indiana and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Tax laws require that Indiana University withhold 14 percent of your fellowship to cover the approximate tax liability.

It is your responsibility to report your fellowship income. Some students may claim full exemption from taxation under tax treaties between their countries and the United States. In order to do so, you must file the IU International Tax Questionnaire and complete all other steps required by IU’s tax office.

Get details about taxes

Initial expenses

Plan to bring a credit card or traveler’s checks to pay initial expenses when you arrive. Some of these expenses may include:

  • Ground transportation from airport to housing accommodations: $25–$85
  • Text books and supplies: $350–$500
  • Household and personal items: $100–$150
  • Taxis, bicycle, or other non-bus transportation: $50–$125

All students can ride Indiana University and Bloomington city buses free of charge with their IU student identification card.

Housing & meal plans

Requirements for housing and meal plans during your stay differ depending on your home institution.

Health insurance

IU provides a general health insurance plan for all graduate fellowship recipients. Coverage is adequate, but not comprehensive. Participation in this group program is mandatory. Premiums are heavily subsidized by IU.

You may maintain duplicate coverage. Some past recipients have chosen to make separate arrangements, at their own expense, for more extensive health insurance coverage from their home countries.

Learn more about health and insurance

Your IU email account and access to information technology resources

Set up your IU email account after you receive your university ID number. You will need to provide your last name, date of birth, and university ID number.

With your IU email address and passphrase, you can access IU’s many online resources and services through One.IU and selected library resources in IU Bloomington Libraries.

Computing labs and IT support

Wireless internet (“wifi”) access is available across the majority of the IU Bloomington campus.

Computing labs, including many with printing services, are available in multiple locations on the campus.

University Information Technology Services (UITS) offers many other resources and services, including an option for live chat with a staff member to resolve technology issues that arise during your visit.

Arrival and orientation

Before you arrive in the United States, you should arrange transportation from the Indianapolis International Airport to the city of Bloomington (approximately 50 miles).

Learn about travel to Bloomington


Most academic departments manage orientation for graduate students. Contact your department for specific information. Make sure you bring your required documentation with you to the United States:

  • Passport
  • Visa stamp
  • All original I-20s or DS-2019s (including documents from previous U.S. schools as well)
  • Final, official copies of academic records and degree certificates or diplomas (these all must bear the stamp or seal of the issuing institution). Final academic records are not required if your home university plans to send them to Indiana University.
Learn more about orientation

Course registration and maintaining your visa status

To stay in status, you must enroll in a full load of classes, at least 8 credit hours, each semester you are studying at IU. Prepare for orientation by looking through the schedule of classes.

Prepare for your experience in the United States

Learn more about living and working here