Thank you for your interest in SMU Abroad exchange programs. International undergraduate exchange students come to Southern Methodist University through reciprocal exchange agreements with our partner universities:
* Kwansei Gaikun University, Japan * University Lumiere Lyon 2, France * WHU-Otto Belsheim School of Management, Germany * Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
Only undergraduate students from these schools may attend SMU as incoming exchange students. To apply, contact your university's office that coordinates international reciprocal exchange programs. You will complete a selection process with them. Once your university approves and nominates you as an exchange student, you can apply to SMU through the link below.
Please note: SMU requires all exchange students to live on campus in a SMU residence hall and purchase an SMU meal plan. More information about SMU housing and dining options can be found online. http://smu.edu/housing/
Once your application and materials are received by the SMU Exchange Student Coordinator, they will be reviewed and evaluated by an international undergraduate admission committee for consideration. Upon acceptance into the University, SMU will issue the Certificate of Eligibility Form that you need to apply for the J-1 Exchange Student visa at the nearest U.S embassy or consulate. The visa document and general information for all new international students will be sent directly to your home university Exchange Coordinator.
International exchange students are expected to arrive on or before the arrival date indicated in the acceptance letter. You will be picked up at the airport providing you supply the Exchange Coordinator with your arrival details. There will be a Welcome Dinner that evening.
There is a mandatory international student check-in and orientation session at the SMU International Center, Suite 216 in the Blanton Building, on the day after the specified arrival date. The orientation introduces you to the SMU campus, helps you with advising and registration for classes, obtaining an SMU student ID card, setting up a bank account and other related items. You also check-in to your on-campus student residence hall.
All incoming exchange students are required to take an English test upon arrival. Depending on the results, students may be recommended to take an ESL Rhetoric class to help improve English skills. The International Center highly recommends that exchange students take the rhetoric course recommended for them. It is up to the discretion of the academic Schools whether or not to require it.
It has been our experience that international exchange students who take the appropriate rhetoric class for their skill level are much more successful in both classes and their social life during the short amount of time that they are here at SMU.