Incoming Application Instructions

The information below provides an overview of the Exchange Student application process. For more details, refer to the Exchange Student Handbook


Fall Semester (August-December)

Home University Nomination Deadline: March 1
Application Deadline: April 1

Spring Semester (January-May) 

Home University Nomination Deadline: August 1
Application Deadline: September 1

Application Procedures 

  1. To apply for the incoming exchange program at the University of Miami, students must be nominated by one of UM's exchange partner institutions listed here.
  2. The student's home institution nominates the exchange applicant by emailing the following information to Alejandra Grijak at
    • The applicant's full name
    • The applicant's preferred email address
    • The applicant's intended term of attendance
    • Copy of the applicant's passport ID page (passport must be valid for at least 6 months following the semester end date)
  3. Applicants will receive an email from the University of Miami with their usernames and temporary passwords to access the online application through My StudyAbroad
  4. Applicants will submit the following supporting documents to their home institution: 
    • Official transcript of ALL universities attended 
    • A bank letter in ENGLISH on official bank letterhead stating that the exchange student has a minimum of US $18,906 per semester or US $37,811 for the 2024-2025 academic year. This number is an estimate of student expenses for 2024-2025. Please confirm the required amount with your home advisor, as this amount will be updated every semester. Internet banking printouts are NOT acceptable. 
    • Completed and signed Statement of Financial Responsibility 
    • Proof of English proficiency
      • IELTS Minimum 6.5
      • TOEFL (Internet-based) Minimum 80
      • TOEFL (Computer-based) Minimum 213
      • TOEFL (Paper-based) Minimum 550
  5. The application will be reviewed, and if it is complete AND approved, an electronic I-20 will be created for the student.
  6. The student is sent the following documents directly via email: electronic I-20 Form & conditional acceptance letter.  If the applicant submits a complete application by the deadline, students can expect their I-20 to arrive by:
    • Spring Semester: mid-November (subject to change)
    • Fall Semester: mid-June (subject to change)
  7. The UM advisor changes the students’ application status to Conditionally Accepted.
  8. The applicant receives an automated email from the application system requesting that they log into the application to complete the remaining electronic tasks.
  9. The applicant receives communication from the UM Study Abroad Office with information on UM processes and arrival.