Incoming Exchange Student


Welcome to Aggie Land

Texas A&M University was established in 1876 and its original function was as a military institution. The Corps of Cadets still plays an important role at A&M, but in 1965 membership in The Corps was changed from mandatory to voluntary. Since then, life at Texas A&M has evolved into an eclectic academic community with deep-seated traditions held over from its early days.

Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station is located in the heart of the Houston-Dallas-Austin triangle and within a two-hour drive of 26 million of the state’s 28 million residents. Our campus, known as Aggieland, is home to more than 69,000 students with another 5,200 at the branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar, the School of Law, Higher Education Center at McAllen, and Health Science Center locations across Texas.

We offer 133 undergraduate degree programs, 175 master's degree programs, 92 doctoral degree programs, and five professional degrees.

Some of the best and brightest faculty members in the world teach and research at Texas A&M. Our 3,500 faculty members include winners of the Nobel Prize, Wolf Prize, and National Medal of Science while each of them is dedicated to preparing the next generation of leaders and making life-changing discoveries.

Texas A&M looks to lead by example in everything we do. As a world-class university, we aim to set the standard for the future by combining knowledge, research, and innovation to create solutions that very few institutions have the depth and breadth to achieve.

Exchange Overview

The International Exchange Program is housed in Education Abroad and the coordinators and advisors for incoming exchange students are part of the Education Abroad team. We will be your main point of contact and will assist you before, during, and after your stay in Aggieland. 
 

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Our office works closely with International Student Services (ISS) to facilitate your stay in the U.S. ISS will issue your U.S. immigration paperwork so you can obtain your student visa. 
 
The International Exchange Program is a selective opportunity designed for both undergraduate and graduate students. Education Abroad, Texas A&M, the State of Texas, and the United States Government have regulations that you need to know and follow during your time as a student here. Your exchange program advisor will provide you with detailed information on course enrollment, registration, and attendance which are critical to immigration compliance and your success as an A&M student. 
 

 

 

Exchange Experiences

 
 
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Nguyen from Netherlands

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Giulia from Italy

 
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Hang from Singapore

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Charlotte from France

Sign up to do a video at the end of your exchange by emailing incoming@tamu.edu 

On and Off Campus Resources

Incoming FAQs


What is a UIN and when will you get one?


The Universal Identification Number (UIN) is a nine-digit number issued to a student and considered the student identification number. You will receive a UIN after you complete your initial application and your documents are sent to the Office of Admissions. This process could take one to two months after you complete your application.

 

What vaccines or health screenings must I have to be a student at A&M?


The law does not specify which Meningitis vaccine students must receive. The vaccine covering types A, C, W, Y (Menveo, Menactra) is the vaccine that covers the predominant strains of bacteria causing meningitis in this region. It is the most common meningitis vaccine that is currently administered. The Meningitis B vaccine (Trumenba, Bexsero) is available as well. While Meningitis B is less common in this region, outbreaks on college campuses in other parts of the country have occurred. Students and parents should discuss with their healthcare provider which vaccines are most appropriate for their own circumstance. For additional information regarding the variances in Meningitis vaccines, please visit the CDC Meningitis Vaccine website.

Tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for all incoming international students that were born in, resided in, or traveled to a high-risk country* for more than three (3) months. Many students complete the TB screening once they arrive at Texas A&M. Students are also welcome to complete the TB screening prior to arrival. Submission requirements include the Tuberculosis Screening Form and a copy of the blood test results (lab report).

View the American College Health Association guidelines for a list of these specific countries, or find these countries on the Tuberculosis Screening Form.

Newly admitted international students automatically have an immunization deficiency hold placed on their account. The hold is removed once the appropriate documentation and/or test results have been provided to SHS. The immunization deficiency hold will keep a student from registering for classes, but does not affect his/her VISA, immigration status, admission to Texas A&M, or ability to participate in the new student conference.