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Exchange Students

Some international students attend Illinois State as " exchange   students."

This special population comes through official agreements between Illinois State University and institutions abroad or organizations.

Exchange Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: Nominations- March 1st, Applications- April 15th
  • Spring: Nominations- September 15th, Applications- October 1st

Exchange students can be degree-seeking or non-degree seeking, but the majority are non-degree seeking and study here for one or two semesters.

  • Exchange students must be officially admitted by Illinois State University.
  • Many exchange students receive a tuition waiver from the Office of International Studies as part of the agreement with their school at home.
  • For exchange students coming through agreements with universities abroad, International Student and Scholar Services creates the immigration form (DS-2019) that they need to apply for their J-1 visa. Students who are sponsored by outside organizations (IIE, Fulbright, World Learning, etc.) usually receive their DS2019 form from their sponsor.

Incoming International Students

You can see whether an exchange agreement already exists between your university and Illinois State by reviewing our list of partner universities, or contacting the Incoming Exchange Coordinator at

Universities abroad who are interested in creating a new partnership with Illinois State University, or have questions about an existing agreement, are welcome to contact the Study Abroad Coordinator at

J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program

The U.S. Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries by means of mutual educational and cultural exchange experiences.   Read more.

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