Global Engagement - StudyAbroad

Timeline and Checklist

Applying for International Exchange through a Partner University

  • Talk to your institutional coordinator about the possibility of study at USU. Your home institution will inform you of their process, and you will also need to complete and submit an application to USU.
  • Complete the online application by the USU deadline. October 1 for Spring semester; March 15 for Fall Semester. For complete application instructions see the application instructions section of the incoming student page.
  • Make sure you list classes you would like to study at USU on your application. You can research possibilities by looking at the USU General Catalog.
  • Application review may take 3-4 weeks.

NOTE: ISEP students submit an application to ISEP who prepares the immigration documents needed to enter the US.

Welcome Packet and Visa Documents Mailed

  • Upon approval, you will receive your USU welcome packet by e-mail, about 4-6 weeks after your application is submitted, followed by a hard copy original sent to your institutional coordinator. The USU welcome packet will include important information about applying for housing, registering for courses, and your DS-2019 document. ISEP students will receive a DS-2019 prepared by ISEP.
  • Review your documents to make sure your name and birthdate are listed correctly. Notify our office of any problems.
  • Complete SEVIS registration online and pay the fee by going to the webpage, (you must have a credit card to use the online option).
    . You can get your SEVIS number from the DS-2019.
  • Make an appointment with the US embassy near you to receive a J-1 student visa. Make sure you take the DS-2019 document, proof of SEVIS payment, your passport and all financial documentation with you.

ISEP students: You will receive a USU emailed welcome packet. Your DS-2019 will be prepared and sent to you directly by ISEP.

Housing and Course Registration

  • Your welcome letter will include your student number that has an A followed by 8 numbers. You will use your A number for everything you do at USU.
  • Begin registration of USU classes as soon as you receive your USU A number. Create your password for your USU A number by visiting and following the password instructions. You will need to log-in to the ACCESS/Banner system to view current courses available and register for classes.
  • Your USU academic advisor can assist you if you need help getting authorization to take a class. Your assigned advisor will be listed on the welcome letter.
  • Apply for housing online. Places fill quickly so apply as soon as you receive your welcome pack for best selection. If you are an incoming ISEP student or Kansai Gaidai exchange, USU will pay for your housing and a room will be reserved for you in Greaves Hall. You will still need to apply for housing, even though a space is reserved for you.

Prepare for Your Arrival

  • Buy your airline ticket and email a copy of your itinerary to USU Study Abroad. You must arrive in time for orientation, which is held during the week before classes begin. Check your welcome packet for specific dates. For the USU academic semester calendar click here
  • Reserve the shuttle from the Salt Lake City International Airport or downtown Salt Lake City to Logan, Utah. Allow 2 hours to get to Logan.
  • NOTE: With a J-I student visa you can enter the United States 30 days before the beginning date on your DS-2019 and leave the United States no later than 30 days from the end date listed on your DS -2019.
  • You must have an approved insurance plan for the dates you arrive in the US until the date you leave. Coverage must continue the entire time you are in the US. Send proof of insurance to USU Study Abroad. See welcome packet information or here for insurance requirements.
  • ISEP students: ISEP insurance is approved for use at USU. Please purchase based on ISEP instructions.
  • Early registration ends in mid-August for Fall semester and in mid-December for Spring semester. All payments that are your responsibility must be paid by the registration end date or you will lose your class registration and you will have to start over. These payments could be housing, meal plans, and/or special class fees. For more information, visit the registration calendar.
  • All students must pay any special class fees. For example, some classes, such as science labs, some business classes, language labs, and physical education classes may have a special class fee. These fees will be listed with the class information before you register and any class fees from courses you register for will be listed on your student financial section of your ACCESS/BANNER account. These fees will be listed with the class information before you register.
  • Read about USU-there are many USU activities and clubs to get involved in.
    If you request one, you will be assigned a USU student buddy to answer questions and help you adjust to your stay in Logan. Contact Study Abroad at for more information.