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Incoming Exchange: How to Apply

Steps to Apply

Application Check List


Steps to Apply:

  1. Click on "Programs" at the top of the page.  This will take you to a search screen.  Choose "Incoming Programs" and search for your home institution

  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 is you've received your log-in credentials already via e-mail.  Please choose "no" and then submit.  Please follow the prompts to create a user name and login for yourself.

  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.

  7. Please use the "non-WPI login" option until you're given a WPI username and password.  This will happen shortly before the semester begins.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Wilson, Program Coordinator (jwilson@wpi.edu)


Application Checklist

  • Incoming Exchange Student Application

    • Visas – All WPI exchange students are required to obtain a J-1 student visa to study in the United States. WPI will send you an IAP-66 form, which is required by the US embassy or consulate when you apply for your visa

  • 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.

Note: You must be able to show a minimum of $1100 per month for living expenses not including cost of insurance.

  • Housing Request Form for Exchange Students

    • Housing – On-campus housing is limited and cannot be guaranteed if housing requests are not received by the application deadline. Also, please keep in mind that linens (sheets, blankets, towels, etc.) are not provided.

  • 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)  79 (iBT), or 213 (CBT) or 550 (PBT)

      • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)  80

      • GCSE (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

    • Medical Insurance – All international students are required to furnish proof of medical insurance that is valid for the length of their stay in the United States. You must furnish a letter clearly stating this in English from your insurance carrier. Students who do not have proof of valid insurance are required to purchase a policy made available to WPI students.

  • WPI Health Services Forms

    • Medical information – The enclosed health form must be completed by your physician and returned to this office with your application. Massachusetts State Law sets the immunization requirements and WPI cannot permit students to register who have not met these requirements.

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.


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