Arriving at URI

The Office of International Education and (OIE) and the Office of International Students & Scholars will assist you with the services listed below, connected with your experience at URI:

  • For Degree Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    The process of obtaining admission into an undergraduate or graduate degree program, a semester or year visiting student, transfer student and/or student/intern vary depending on the admission goals of the applicant. 

    To receive and I-20 or a DS-2019, the OISS must first receive all documents and information listed below:

    If accompanied by dependents, the applicant must also submit biographical passport pages and financial certification for each dependent, and a marriage certificate in the case of a spouse.

    If you are a degree student, visit the corresponding web page according to your anticipated category and degree level:

    Graduate School:

    Undegraduate Admission:

    For Exchange Students

    Students from Partner institutions, be sure to contact your home school exchange coordinator before you complete the application below.  Ensure that you have the signature of an academic representative from your home institution before submitting an application.  When coming to URI, follow instructions provided by the Office of International Education:

  • Degree Undergraduate Students, if currently leaving outside the United States,  must register for term courses by setting up a telephone, Skype, or email advising appointment that will occur during the month of June (fall term) or December (spring term).  An Advisor will help you to register for courses, understand the general education program, and make a connection with an advisor in your chosen major. To schedule an appointment, contact the Office of New Student Programs by e-mailing or call 1-401-874-5927. Please complete this International Student Advising Form, which we will use to set-up your advising meeting.

    Degree Graduate Students must register for courses through the Enrollment Services in order to be properly enrolled. Students are expected to register for courses before classes begin. Those who are unable to do so may enroll as late registrants in the Enrollment Services during the first two weeks of classes. A late registration fee will be charged unless it is waived by the Enrollment Services.

    New and re-enrolling students will receive information concerning registration procedures. The Schedule of Courses is available at the Enrollment Services. 

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

  • International students find that the University of Rhode Island is a very welcoming campus. The OIE and the OISS will assist you in your transition to campus life, including:

    • Airport pick-up on the designated Welcome Days
    • Shopping trips during Welcome Week
    • Excursions and social events through out the year.

    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.

  • Your housing application will be processed after your admission to the University.  Obtaining housing requires that you submit your application online. 

    • 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.
    • Early move-in may be possible but is not guaranteed each semester.
  • The OIE sponsors a Peer Ambassador Program where International Undergraduate Degree, non-degree 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.

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