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Steps to Apply

Application Check List

Once Accepted


  • May 1 2017 for Fall Semester 2017 (A/B terms)
  • October 1 2017 for Spring Semester 2018 (C/D terms)

Steps to Apply:

  1. Click on "Programs" at the top of the page.  This will take you to a search screen.  Change the "Program Type" to "Incoming".

  2. When your program appears click on it and the program brochure will open.

  3. Please review the information listed on the brochure and then click "Apply Now".

  4. You will then be asked if you've received your log-in credentials already via e-mail.  Please choose "no" and then click submit.  Please follow the prompts to create a user name and login for yourself.  You will then recieve an email from with your temporary log in.

  5. Once you've set up your user name and password you'll need to visit your program's brochure page again and click the "Apply Now" button again.

  6. Now that you've done that your applicant page will appear.  Please complete the forms listed there.  Check marks will appear next to each item as they are completed and/or received in our office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Wilson, Program Coordinator (

Application Checklist

Once Accepted

You must complete these steps in order to enroll at WPI.

  • WPI Health Services Form
    • Vaccinations are required for all students.  
  • Your application will be considered complete only after all application materials are submitted. Failure to follow through with completing any forms may result in your application not being accepted.  Please note: you must start an application in the Global Portal in order to receive access to these forms.
    • Incoming Exchange Student Application
    • Copies of Passport
    • Financial Statements
      • As part of the J-1 visa requirement you need to submit one of the following financial statements:
        1. Bank account of the person(s) responsible for covering your expenses while at WPI.
        2. Proof of funding from the sponsoring organization responsible for covering your expenses while at WPI. This must be in English.
      • Note: You must be able to show a minimum of $1200 per month for living expenses not including cost of insurance
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency
      • Students must have an adequate command of the English language to enroll in a degree program. An applicant's English proficiency level may be demonstrated by means of score reports of such exams
        • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)  80 (iBT)
        • CSE (British General Certificate of Secondary Education)  A or B
        • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)  6.5 or higher (with no band < 6.0)
      • Note: This is the minimum score allowed for admittance.
    • Proof of Medical Insurance
      • All international students are required to have insurance in effect that covers them for sickness or accidents during the time of their exchange visitor program.  The recent rule increases the minimum coverage to meet today’s medical insurance needs.  As of May 15, 2015, minimum coverage must provide medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness; repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000; expenses associated with medical evacuation to the exchange visitor’s home country in the amount of $50,000; and deductibles cannot exceed $500 per accident or illness (Section 62.14(a)).  Inadequate insurance coverage may be catastrophic for an individual exchange visitor. Thus, the Department increased the requirements.
      • Program participants and their dependents are required to have medical insurance coverage with the following minimum benefits [22 CFR 62.14].
        • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
        • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
        • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
        • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
      • Sponsors are to require that their participants (and any dependents entering the United States as holders of a J-2 visa) have insurance in effect during the period of time they are in the sponsor's program. An insurance policy secured to meet the benefits requirements must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-I" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims Paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above. Alternatively, the sponsor may ascertain that the participant's policy is backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country. For other options, see [22 CFR 62.14].
      • Program regulations also discuss coverage through HMOs and self-insurance of the above requirements by federal, state or local government agencies, state colleges and universities, and public community colleges, if permitted by law. Refer to [22 CFR 62.14] for additional information.
    • Housing Options
      • More details, and selection, is found in your application on the Global Portal.  
    • Housing
      • Complete housing application form
    • Arriving to WPI & Departing from WPI
      • Please fill this out after you have booked your plane ticket.  Please do not book until you have received mandatory orientation dates.
    • Please read the "Overview of the US Healthcare System for International Students" and "Exchange Student FAQs" information