Admission of Exchange Students

An international exchange student is a non-degree seeking student that attends one of the University of the Incarnate Word’s Sister Schools around the world. Exchange students must get approval from their home institution and the Director of Sister School Partnerships at the University of the Incarnate Word prior to submitting an application.

Students seeking admission as an Exchange Applicant must submit the following:

  1. Completed and signed International Student Application. The application must be signed by the student, not by a parent, guardian or agency. Applications are available online at Do not send faxed or emailed copies of the application documents.
  2. A $20 non-refundable application fee payable by cash, check or money order made payable to the University of the Incarnate Word.
  3. Education Documents - Official records of study (university transcript) from home institution, translated to English. Applications will not be processed without the English translation.
  4. English Proficiency – A TOEFL IBT score of 79, IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOIEC score of 650 is required prior to being accepted into the Exchange program. All test scores must be submitted to UIW by the testing agency.
  5. Immunization Record showing proof of the Meningitis vaccine for students ages 22 and younger. Students will be required to purchase U.S. health insurance through the university.
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. Immigration and Financial Requirements
  8. Exchange Student Information Sheet

Students seeking to transfer as degree status are required to follow guidelines listed in the section for Admission of International Transfer Students.