Study Abroad

Inbound Student Process

Although the partner university conducts their own initial application and selection process, inbound exchange students must submit application forms and documents by the appropriate deadlines in order to be officially admitted to the University of Washington and to have their tuition paid.  Once admitted, the admissions office (either graduate or undergraduate) will issue the DS-2019 (the certificate of eligibility for exchange visitor J-1 status) and other relevant acceptance items in order for students to set up their UW NetIDs.

Direct Application

All inbound exchange students to the University of Washington now apply directly through the study abroad office.  The application process for incoming departmental exchange students has been streamlined to make the process more secure, and simpler for both exchange students and partner universities.  Exchange students nominated by their home universities can apply through the department exchange portal: for undergraduate students for graduate students.

Students will then enter their appropriate information and upload the necessary documents directly into this application.  Students will also be required to request a nomination from their home school advisor/coordinator.  The code that is required for that nomination is included in the fact sheet (emailed separately to department coordinators).

Note: There is a $80 application fee for each undergraduate application that the UW Study Abroad office will cover on behalf of the student. Visiting Graduates will be asked to put in credit card information when creating their online application through the Graduate School portal. Once the visiting graduate student is on campus, the student will be reimbursed for this application fee through their MyUW account.

For more information about the inbound student application process visit our Application page. Many additional details about what exchange students can expect may be found on our Academics and Practical Matters pages.


To ensure that students are admitted, receive their immigration documents, and have their tuition paid on time, applications must be received by the deadlines listed below:

•        For exchange students beginning summer/autumn quarter:  April 1st

•        For exchange students beginning winter/spring quarter(s):  August 1st