Visiting Exchange Scholars

Step 3: Set up your IU email account and read our information technology policies

All scholars must create an IU Exchange email account in order to access the university’s services and resources, including wireless internet, on-campus computers, and university library resources. Our staff will notify you when it is possibe for you to set up an email account, typically one month prior to your program start date. Follow the instructions carefully. You will need your IU identificaton number. It is listed on the cover page that you received with your DS-2019 form. 

After you have set up your IU email account, we recommend that you forward all messages from that account to the primary email account you use (for example, your home university account). Instructions to set up email forwarding can be found in IU’s Knowledge Base:

Why forward email? Some scholars send scanned materials or other electronic research materials to their IU email account. After your exchange program ends, you immediately lose access to your IU email account. As a result, you might lose any materials that you sent to that account.

Create your IU Exchange email account

Review Indiana University’s policies on the ethical use of information technology and the university’s network. Violations are taken seriously and may result in the disabling of your access to all resources and services through the university network. Serious violations may also jeopardize your ability to remain at Indiana University and return in the future.

Will you be living in RPS guest housing?

If you will live in guest housing through IU's Residential Programs and Services (RPS), your IU email account is required to complete the check-in process.

Traveling, living, and staying healthy while at Indiana University

We have compiled a few resources about getting to the campus where you will be staying, housing options, and health insurance coverage.

City and campus bus services in Bloomington and Indianapolis

All visitors to the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses may ride the campus buses free of charge with a CrimsonCard, which you can get when you arrive on campus.

Visiting exchange scholars on the IU Bloomington campus can ride any City of Bloomington bus free of charge with their CrimsonCard. Any accompanying dependents (spouses or children) must pay to ride a City of Bloomington bus.

Housing at IU Bloomington

If you are from one of the following partner universities, you will be provided with a reasonable per diem to cover the cost of on-campus or off-campus accommodations. 

  • Ambedkar University Delhi (India)
  • Boğaziçi University (Turkey)
  • Jagiellonian University (Poland)
  • University of Bayreuth (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • University of Warsaw (Poland)
  • Yonsei University (South Korea)

If you are visiting from a partner university not listed above, you should secure your own accommodations.

IU's Residential Programs and Services offers a limited number of options for short-term on-campus guest housing.

Learn about on-campus guest housing

The Office of International Services maintains a list of resources for off-campus accommodations.

Explore off-campus options