Globalization of Education

International Visiting and Exchange Students

We are happy that you are considering The University of Rhode Island!
The Office of International Education and National Student Exchange (OIE/NSE) will assist you with the services listed below, connected with your experience at URI:

  • Students from Partner institutions, be sure to contact your home school exchange coordinator before you complete the application below.

    For students interested in Study Abroad at The University of Rhode Island, ensure you have the signature of an academic representative from your home institution before submitting an application.

    Application for Partner Institutions – with Exchange Agreement

    Application for Non-Partner Institutions – No Exchange Agreement

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  • After an application has been submitted to the Office of International Education, the staff will contact visiting/exchange students on a regular basis with updates and important information related to studying at URI.  For an overview, and estimate of significant dates and deadlines, review the following document.

    Exchange/Visiting Undergraduate Student Timeline of Important Events:


  • The URI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will issue a DS-2019 form for you to submit with a visa application to the US Embassy responsible for your country.

    Before you are issued a DS-2019, you will need to provide URI with an ORIGINAL “Certificate of Financial Responsibility” along with your application. This form, along with visa application information, is included in the URI application.

    You must also submit a legible copy of your passport photo page with your application. The DS-2019 will not be sent until all of your required application materials are received.

  • While there are many housing options on-campus, we cannot guarantee that you will have the accommodation of your choice. Our staff will work to secure on-campus housing for all visiting students. Important: Although housing options are limited, we guarantee that you will have on-campus housing if requested. Your housing application will be processed after your admission to the University.

    *Early move-in may be possible but is not guaranteed each semester. The Office of International Education will provide an orientation program and welcome week activities for visiting and exchange students prior to the start of classes. Participation in orientation and welcome week is mandatory for all Exchange and Visiting Students.

  • Students can register for courses as soon as they are admitted as an Exchange/Visiting Student to URI. Review the Exchange Student Registration Worksheet for instructions on adding courses in e-Campus , URI’s online registration system.

  • Most visiting students find that the University of Rhode Island is a very welcoming campus. Our office will assist you in your transition to campus life, including:

    • Airport pick-up on designated Welcome Days
    • Shopping trips
    • Excursions and social events

    If you would like to begin looking for flights or plan your arrival, start by visit our Welcome Week web page at Before you purchase flights, be sure that you are looking at days/dates for the appropriate semester and year.

  • The OIE sponsors a Peer Ambassador Program where Exchange and Visiting Students are matched with a URI student to help with their adjustment to campus. Students that want to participate in the Peer Ambassador Program, should indicated their interest on the Arrival Services Form found on the welcome week page linked above.

    To learn more about Rhode Island, please visit

Student Resources

Below are program materials for incoming exchange students:

Exchange Student Handbook

Welcome Week Information:

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