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Graduate Students

Graduate students interested in participating in the Exchange program are required to follow the steps below. 

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  • Before you can start your Incoming International Exchange Application (Graduate), please meet with the exchange program coordinator at your home institution and request submission of the Nomination Form. 

    Nomination deadline for Fall Semester (August - December)         March 1st

    Nomination deadline for Spring Semester (January - May)             September 15th

    The Texas State Exchange Coordinator will review the candidates and confirm acceptance within a one week time period.


Please note that pre-acceptance steps (two applications and supported documents) need to be completed by the following deadlines:
Application Deadlines for the Fall Semester (August - December): March 31st
Application Deadlines for the Spring Semester (January - May): October 1st

  • Graduate students must first complete Incoming International Exchange (Graduate) online application through Texas State Education Abroad. To access this application, please click here

    Students will be required to upload the following documents to complete their application:

    • A copy of their passport
    • A current or most recent copy of their transcript (unofficial or official) 
    • Proof of language proficiency that can be demonstrated by one of the following:
      • TOEFL iBT – 78 (with minimum scores of 19 on each subsection and 18 or higher on writing section)

      • TOEFL PBT – 550

      • Cambridge IELTS – 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 score in all sections)

      • Letter of Evaluation from your institution certifying the university level English proficiency of the candidates

    Application Deadline for Fall Semester (August – December):

    March 31

    Application Deadline for Spring Semester (January – May):            October 1

    If you have any questions about the Incoming International Exchange Application, please contact:

    Oleksandra Sehin, PhD

    Education Abroad/Exchange Coordinator


  • Incoming exchange graduate students must also apply directly through The Graduate College.

    To apply to the Graduate College, the documents must be on file by the standard deadline.

    To access the International Graduate Exchange application, visit the ApplyTexas Non-Degree/Visiting Student application. For step-by-step instructions on how to apply as a graduate exchange student, please review our guide.

    If you have any questions about the Graduate College application, please contact:

    Mark Moore, M.Ed.

    Graduate Admissions Specialist


  • International Graduate Exchange students must submit their Visiting Student Form to the Graduate College. The documents must be on file by the standard deadline.

    Visiting Student Form (must be completed each semester of study and must include approval of home university)

  • Students are required to submit English language proficiency exam scores (TOEFL/IELTS only) meeting the requirements for regular admission or, in lieu of official TOEFL or IELTS scores. 



  • After being accepted to Texas State University, you will receive an email with an assigned NetID. Your Texas State NetID is a number and letter combination and it is also a prefix of your Texas State e-mail address.  See the examples below.

    NetID (username):  zz1234

    E-mail address:

    With your NetID you will be able to log into the Texas State Self-Service (CatsWeb) where you will have access to a variety of online services, such as checking holds on your account, viewing final grades, class registration etc.

    Before you can log into online services and check your Texas State E-mail (BobcatMail), you must activate your Net ID. Click here to create or reactivate your NetID.

    If you are having issues activating your Net ID, please email

  • After being accepted to Texas State University, you need to request an I-20 Form. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR SIGNED I-20 WITH YOU THROUGH CUSTOMS AND AT IMMIGRATION CHECK-IN. 

    You will need to request I-20 via the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website

    1. Carefully read the I-20 Request website to understand the next steps
    2. Complete the I-20 Request Form onlineClick Here
      1. SEVIS Transfer students must Transfer their SEVIS record to Texas State using the TXST School SEVIS Code: SNA214F00331000
    3. Request shipping of your I-20 here: E-Ship Global
    4. Review the Steps After Applying: Click Here
    Estimated Expense Chart    
    Exchange Length Tuition Living Expenses Total Funding to be Required For Exchange Students
    Fall & Spring
    One Semester Exchange Tuition Exempt $11,100 $11,100
    Two Semester Exchange Tuition Exempt $16,650 $16,650
    (Fall to Spring 9 Months)
    Two Semester Exchange Tuition Exempt



    *Please note that estimated costs for the living expenses are subject to change without prior notice.

    If you have any questions about the I-20 form, please contact:

    Ethan Durand
    International Engagement Specialist

  • Texas State requires Bacteria Meningitis Vaccination for all students under the age of 22.

    Please click here for more detailed information regarding immunization. In order to meet this requirement, we strongly recommend to check your immunization records. If you have not received this vaccine, be sure to get this vaccine immediately after being accepted into Texas Sate - no later than one month prior to arrival - so you will not have difficulty registering for classes. 

    You need to submit your proof of vaccination to Magnus Health SMR. Acceptable evidence of vaccination may be found here

  • The purpose of this form is to help Texas State to be of maximum assistance during your education abroad experience. Mild physical or psychological disorders can become exacerbated with the stresses of life while studying abroad. It is important that the Exchange Program Coordinator is aware of any medical or emotional problems you have experienced. The information provided will remain confidential and will be shared with program staff, faculty, or appropriate professionals only if necessary to your well-being. Texas State may not be able to accommodate all individual needs or circumstances. This information does not affect your admission into the program.

    Please complete the Health Information Questionnaire via your Online Incoming International/Exchange Application.

  • To register for courses, please go to and follow the next steps:

    • Go to CatsWeb at
    • Click on My Registration & Class Schedule
    • Enter you NetID and password.
    • Select: Student - Registration - Registration/Schedule Changes
    • You can then enter your course # or CRN number


    Please keep in mind that some classes fill up fast and prerequisites may apply. Texas State cannot guarantee that you will be able to register for the courses that you wish to take. We strongly recommend the you consider alternate courses as needed.

    Some departments/programs do not permit exchange students to take their courses, while others will evaluate course availability before approving exchange students.

  • The exchange/international students are required to purchase the Texas State Health Insurance Plan while studying at Texas State University. Please follow this site for insurance deadlines and costs:

    Once you register for courses, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to enroll in and purchase the required insurance plan. Please have a credit card available for payment.


    Exchange Students MUST purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan and ARE NOT allowed to receive a waiver.

    If you have any questions regarding health insurance, please contact:

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

  • Once you have purchased your airline tickets, please enter your flight information to your Online Incoming International/Exchange Application (Graduate).

    There are three separate Departing Airline forms and two returning forms for each flight you might be taking during your journey to San Marcos, Texas.

Important Information 

  • Incoming exchange students are responsible for paying:

    Lodging $3,000 - $4,500 per semester depending on the selected accommodations

    Students living on-campus and with a meal plan, expect to spend approximately $1,300 per semester*

    Students without a meal plan, expect to spend $500 approximately each month

    International Operations Fee Exchange students are required to pay an International Operations Fee of $60 each semester
    Health insurance provided by Texas State University $650 - $700 approximately each semester
    Books $300 - $600 per semester depending on the required textbooks
    Personal Expenses $1,000 - $3,000 per semester depending on the student’s personal needs
    Total Estimated Cost per Semester ($) $6,360 – $9,800

    *Students from Kansai Gaidai University, please select meal plan “250 meals/$75 Dining Dollars”

  • Students will be billed through Texas State Student Business Services (SBS). The student bill will include

    • the international operations fee ($60) and
    • lodging and meals (for students living on-campus)

    To view/pay your bill, please go to our Student Business Services website (SBS).

    You can pay your bill in full or in three installments. More information about payment deadlines and payment plan, you can find at

    *Please note that the student account will also show tuition and fees associated with registration at Texas State. These charges will be covered by Texas State Education Abroad according to the agreement between Texas State and the sending institution.

    Number of Covered Credit Hours 

    All incoming exchange graduate students are covered for 9 credit hours (full-time status).

    Any additional charges, not specified in the agreements, will be covered directly by the exchange students.

  • Online Housing Contract Submission and Dining Plan Selection

    Upon request and depending on room availability, the Exchange Program Coordinator may assist with on-campus housing reservations. Please note there are limited spaces. 

    All students residing on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Students can select one of the three meal plan options. Click here for  more dining services information. Please note that it will be important for you to know which one of the three meal plans to select before you apply online.

    Log into Catsweb, click on Students, then Texas State Student Self-Service - you will need your NetID and password. 

    • Select Student 
    • Select Housing and Meal Plans
    • Select Residential Life Housing and Meal Plans
    • Select Apply Online
    • Select first semester/term you are attending
    • Agree to legally binding contract terms
    • Answer contract questions (ADA, Living Learning Communities, etc.)

    (Note: To facilitate the process, exchange students are NOT required to pay $300 prepayment. This required payment will be waived temporarily from your account prior your contract submission).

    • Select Meal Plan (Required for all students living in residence halls)

    You will receive immediate confirmation for successful contract submission.

    Please click here for more detailed information on the housing contract process.

  • There are many off-campus options that are walking distance to campus and have a shuttle bus to and from campus. 

    For more information, please contact: 

    Off-Campus Living - Department of Housing and Residential Life 

    512.245.5595 -

  • Check-in Date(s)

    Official accommodation will be available for early check-in one week before the semester starts. Therefore, we do not recommend that you arrive in Texas earlier than one week before your first day of classes. The Exchange Program Coordinator will notify you in advance by email regarding the check-in date(s) for on-campus accommodations. Click here for more details about on-campus accommodations

    Students who are living off-campus, please verify the move-in dates with your apartment complex.

    Temporary Housing before Orientation

    If you decide to arrive earlier than the Texas State housing accommodations are open for check-in, the Exchange Program Coordinator may assist you with finding accommodations for your earlier arrival. However, you will be responsible for any and all costs associated with this temporary housing arrangement.

  • After arrival, exchange students have to attend the Welcome Meeting sponsored by Education Abroad and International Student Resource Fair Student Orientation sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

    The Welcome Meeting

    The exchange students must attend The Welcome Meeting, which usually takes place one week before the semester starts and on the day of the early check-in into residence halls. During this meeting, students will have the opportunity to meet key staff members as well as other exchange students. Important reminders, as well as information regarding registration, will be presented. Students will also receive assistance with obtaining their Texas State ID cards and checking-in with the ISSS for immigration requirements. This meeting will conclude with a campus tour, a trip to Walmart and checking-in into your assigned residential halls.

    Check-in with the International Office

    During the Exchange Student Welcome Meeting, we will assist you with checking-in with International Student and Scholar Services. Note: all exchange/international students are required to check-in with International Student and Scholar Services to comply with immigration requirements. You will need to have the following documents with you: your passport, visaI-94 and signed I-20.

    Bobcat ID Card

    Once you arrive at the university, you will need a Bobcat card. This student identification card has many features. These features include:

    • Linking your Bobcat card to a Wells Fargo account, so you may use your card as an ATM card

    • Borrowing library material

    • Door access to campus facilities etc.

    After the Welcome Meeting, we will take you to the TX State ID Services Office so you can request your Bobcat ID Card.

    International Student Resource Fair

    The exchange students must attend a mandatory International Student Resource Fair sponsored by the International Student and Scholar Services. This orientation is usually scheduled one day after the Welcome Meeting. Please check the International Student and Scholar Services website for a specific date and the registration procedure.

  • For information about the resources at Texas State that may be beneficial for you, please download the Resource Guide.