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:

  • Housing Options at URI

    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.


  • Acquiring a U.S. Visa

    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.

  • How to Register for Courses at URI

    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.

  • Peer Ambassador Program

    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 indicate their interest on the Arrival Services Form.

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