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.

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For more information on Texas A&M and https://www.tamu.edu/about/index.html#welcome.

Overview, Housing and Academics

Program Overview

 

Exchange at Texas A&M


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.

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.
 

YOU HAVE BEEN NOMINATED, NOW WHAT?

Only start an application for your exchange if you have been nominated by your home university. If you have not been nominated, check with your home university coordinator first about the possibility of studying at Texas A&M. We will send you an email with further steps once you are eligible to apply. 

Fall Semester

  • Nominated in January – March 

  • Complete application, admitted by Admissions, and given next steps February – April

  • Complete ISS application and receive DS-2019 March – June

  • Arrive in August
     

Spring Semester

  • Nominated July – September

  • Complete application, admitted by Admissions, and given next steps July – September

  • Complete ISS application and receive DS-2019 September – December

  • Arrive in January

 

Immigration Information

  • After you are admitted to Texas A&M University, Education Abroad will email you a special link to access your application for your DS-2019 through our ISS office.

  • If you have questions regarding your immigration or ISS application, you can find information and answers here: iss.tamu.edu 

  • The ISS application thoroughly outlines requirements, however, if you still have questions you can email incoming@tamu.edu and we can assist you with your questions. 

Insurance

  • Texas A&M University and the U.S Department of State requires all incoming exchange students to be covered by health insurance for the duration of their enrollment. Insurance fees will be billed to your Howdy account at the beginning of the semester. Insurance costs vary each semester and year. The amount you should expect to pay will be listed in your ISS application. 

Academics

Course listing
  • To get syllabi for courses, follow the link here 

  • To get course descriptions, follow the links

  • Academic differences between your home university and Texas A&M 

    • We often hear that there is a significant difference between American and international universities. In the U.S., attendance is usually required and factored into your grade. Also, there is typically an increase in assignments, reading, and group projects that are often unfamiliar requirements to incoming international students. 

    • Visit our “Prepare For Your Arrival” section to watch video testimonials from previous incoming exchange students.

  • When can you apply for housing? You can begin to apply for housing after you have received your “next steps” email from Education Abroad that includes your UIN, which is needed for on-campus housing. If you wish to live off-campus, you can begin your search immediately, however, housing complexes generally require an Admissions letter before they will extend a contract to you. You will not receive an Admissions letter until after you are admitted. 


Please note that Education Abroad and Texas A&M do not have an affiliation with any one particular apartment complex. When applying for an off-campus apartment, you are a signing a contract that states you will pay any rent, utilities and other fees for the duration of the lease. Do not sign a lease until you are certain you will be coming to Texas A&M for your exchange, as you will still be legally held responsible for the fees associated with the lease even if you have to cancel. 


Student Business Services for payments related to your insurance, housing, meal plans, and any other fees: https://sbs.tamu.edu/billing-payments/due-dates/index.html

Prepare for Arrival

Transportation to College Station

Airports

  • Easterwood Airport (CLL): http://www.easterwoodairport.com/index.html

  • Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH): http://www.fly2houston.com

Airport Pickup

We do not offer airport pick up, but the following options are available

  • Ground Shuttle service is also available from the Houston Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport (also in Houston) to College Station, Texas: http://groundshuttle.com

Life in Bryan / College Station and Texas

Hear from other Exchange students

Videos & Testimonials


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

Arrival and Campus Resources

Campus resources:

News, Updates & Events

Leaving College Station

TAMU student account must have $0 balance to receive transcript. Be mindful of charges you accrue towards the end of or after your exchange term ends including (but not limited to):

  • Charges for a dirty or damaged room 
  • Charges for a replacement key
  • Charges for extra prints in the computer lab
  • Charges for visits to the Student Health Center
Remember, have direct deposit set up for any refunds you may receive!

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.