Incoming Exchange

Incoming Exchange

Incoming Exchange
Crooker PatioIncoming exchange program requirements from sister university exchange programs are managed by the UST Study Abroad Office and counterparts at partner universities. The Study Abroad Offices at both institutions must handle all inquiries and applications. 

Deadlines to apply for admissions:

  • Fall Semester — April 1
  • Spring Semester — October 15

You may fax your application to 713-525-3872. Original documents can then be mailed.

You must mail all original documents to:

The University of St. Thomas
Attn: Diana Speaks
3800 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Please do not apply online. 

Please email all of the following to prior to placing in the post.
  1. Complete and submit the UST Undergraduate Application (Please DO NOT apply online).
  2. Apply for Housing by submitting the Housing Application and contract (you will be sent a contract after you fill out the application and send in proof of immunizations). 
    • A $300 housing deposit is required. 
    • Must be 25 or under to live on campus.
    • Please note exchange students must move out by 10:00 am the day after the last final exam date.
  3. Review the required International Student Forms (including J-1 visas)  
  5. Have your university send an official copy of your transcript for advising to the Study Abroad Office
  6. Send an official copy of the TOEFL (for non-English partner universities) or ILETS. UST TOEFL CODE is 6880.
    • TOEFL-ibt (internet-based) minimum=79
    • TOEFL-pbt (paper-based) minimum=550
    • IELTS minimum=6.5
    • Completion of ELS Center level 112
  7. SEVIS fee is paid when applying for the J-1 visas (student must pay this when applying for visa).
  8. Send two (2) photos (passport size).
  9. Send a copy of your passport.
  10. Provide proof for the health insurance requirement.
  11. Students must advise the Study Abroad Office of flight information including: airline, date, flight number and arrival time.
  12. Airport and transportation to UST:
    • The study abroad office will make every effort to pick you up at the airport if you arrive on the move in date specified below. If you are unable to arrive on that date, airport and transportation to UST can be attained– Taxi approximately $50.00. There is also a SuperShuttle that can be arranged prior to arrival at and costs approximately $30.00.
    • Dorm Location (all students check in here): 1303 Sul Ross, Houston, TX, 77006
    • Study Abroad office: 4121 Yoakum, Houston, Texas, 77006
    • Main Address for UST: 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, Texas, 77006
International Student Services
Please visit International Student Services for more detailed information.

Lily Swan, UST’s Director of International Student and Scholar Services

The Residence Hall will open for new exchange students in August. Please check back here or follow up with the Study Abroad Office for the exact date. Your UST student ID card will be issued upon arrival.
2015-2016 Academic Calendar
August 19, 2015
Exchange students can move into the dorm.  If students arrive this day, we will provide transportation from the airport

August 21, 2015
Mandatory meeting for International Exchange Students

August 24, 2015
First day of Class

September 7, 2015
Labor day - school closed

October 12 & 13, 2015
Fall Break - no classes

November 25-28, 2015
Thanksgiving Break - school closed

December 7, 2015
Last Day of class

December 9-17, 2015
Final Exams

December 18, 2015
Student Housing move out by 10:00 AM

January 13, 2016
NEW Exchange students can move into the dorm.  If students arrive this day, we will provide transportation from the airport

January 15, 2016
Mandatory meeting for International Exchange Students

January 19, 2016
First day of Class

March 21-26, 2016
Spring/Easter Break

May 2, 2016
Last Day of Class

May 4-12, 2016
Final Exams

May 13, 2015
Student Housing move out by 10:00 AM

  • Please check with Diana Speaks for the exact dates.
  • Please note exchange students must move out by 10:00 am the day after the last final exam date. Housing will be closed to all students. Should exchange students wish to stay in Houston, you must be prepared to stay with friends or at another location.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Diana Speaks at or 713-525-3530. Before you arrive, please take a look at the Visit HoustonOur Neighborhood and Campus Traditions pages.



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