The information below is intended only for those students officially nominated by one of The University of Akron’s international exchange partners for the exchange program between the two institutions. For more detailed information, please download and read carefully the Incoming Exchange Handbook from the “Forms” section below. Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
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Below is a list of the documents required for admission to The University of Akron as an exchange (guest) student.
While paper copies will continue to be accepted, electronic submission is highly preferred and encouraged. **Please note: Electronic copies of bank statements and academic transcripts may only be accepted through the home institution coordinator. We cannot accept electronic copies of those documents directly from the student.
*The application fee is waived for exchange students, though graduate students must pay the fee and request a refund.
ǂStudents should select the option to apply as a “Guest Student”.
Students must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency by submitting TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exam results no older than 2 years. Minimum scores vary by exam, level and program:
Graduate students may be admitted for one semester only as guest students; full admission is required for academic year placements.
Depending on the program, additional requirements such as GRE, GMAT, MAT or LSAT results may be placed on graduate students.
Once all of the above documents have been received and the student has been admitted to The University of Akron, the students file will be forwarded to one of the International Student and Scholars Services Advisors to create the student’s SEVIS record and generate the appropriate immigration document. Most exchange students will receive a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa; however, on very rare occasions, a student may receive an I-20 to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.
While our advisors will attempt to generate the document as quickly as possible, please understand that they work with a large number of students in a variety of capacities. Generation of the immigration document may take up to two weeks.
After the document is generated, the Office of International Programs will send the complete Welcome Packet to the student’s host coordinator for distribution. Please note that all packets to a single institution will be sent together.
While it is not required for admission, it is critical that exchange students complete the Exchange Student Academic Worksheet in advance. We will make every effort to register exchange students before their arrival in Akron. Once a schedule is set, changes to it can become difficult, especially after arrival. Late submission of the worksheet will result in registration during International Student Orientation, a time when many class capacities have already been reached, leaving students with few class options.
In order to facilitate interaction with US students, as well as several other reasons, exchange students are strongly encouraged to live on campus in UA residence halls. The Office of International Programs will work together with the Office of Residence Life and Housing to reserve spaces in one or more of the lowest cost residence halls for incoming exchange students.
The housing contract for on-campus residence will be sent to students through the home university coordinator. Once received and completed, students should be sure to email the contract to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com by the application deadline for that term (May 1 or October 1). The housing deposit is waived for international students.
Students looking for housing off-campus should consult the Office of Off-Campus Student Services.
Descriptions of UA classes and any applicable prerequisites are available in the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins available on the website of the Office of the University Registrar. However, not every class listed in the bulletin is offered each term. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes in order to determine which classes are offered in their given term. Undergraduate students are not permitted to take graduate-level courses (500 and above).
The Office of International Programs will work with academic advisors as much as possible to register undergraduate students prior to arrival using the Exchange Student Academic Worksheet. Students also will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor during the week of International Student Orientation to complete or change their registration.
Graduate students must register directly through a departmental advisor.
International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new international students. While exact dates will be announced in the Welcome Letter students receive with their immigration documents, International Student Orientation generally takes place the week prior to the start of classes. Students should plan to arrive in time to attend. Those students living in university residence halls must consult with the Office of Residence Life and Housing (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements for moving in early.
International students are required to carry health insurance that will cover them during their full stay in the US. Our system is designed so that it is assumed a student will subscribe to The University of Akron’s Student Health Plan. However, exchange students with adequate alternate coverage may request a waiver of the insurance requirement by emailing the request along with their coverage information to OIP-Insurance@uakron.edu.
Current minimum coverage requirements are:
Rates are available here: International Student Insurance Fee. Pro-rated rates are available for exchange students studying for Spring Semester only.
Due to US privacy laws, the Office of International Programs is unable to request official transcripts on a student’s behalf. Therefore, students themselves must be sure to request an official UA transcript be sent to their home institution coordinators. Students who retain access to My Akron may make the request directly through that system by following these directions: How to Request and Official Transcript.
Students who no longer have access to My Akron must submit a Transcript Request Form, available from the Office of the University Registrar.
Incoming Exchange Student Handbook
Requirements for Exchange Students
The University of Akron Undergraduate Application for Admission
The University of Akron Graduate Application for Admission
Declaration and Certification of Finances Form
Exchange Student Academic Worksheet
How to Request an Official Transcript