Inbound Exchange Visitors

Hello Incoming Exchange Students! We are excited to host you and are working hard to ensure you enjoy your stay at WSU. Please look through the following information which will help you to prepare for your visit. If you are looking for information on a specific topic, please click on one of the headings below. 

  1. General Exchange Process
  2. J-1 Visa Info
  3. Medical Insurance
  4. Academic Information
  5. English Proficiency Guidelines
  6. English Language Institute (ELI)
  7. Campus Life
  8. Transportation
  9. Housing
  10. Meal Plan Information
  11. Arrival and Departure
  12. Payments
  13. Contact Us


Dates Spring/ Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Winter 2019
Students Arrive May 3 - 4, 2018 August 23 - 27, 2018  January 3 -4, 2019
Classes Begin May 7, 2018 August 29, 2018 January 7, 2019
Holiday Break 5/28/2018, 7/4/2018 November 21 - 24, 2018 March 11 - 16, 2018
Final Exams July 30 - August 2, 2018 December 12 - 18, 2018 April 24 - 30, 2019

*We are currently following the Academic and Registration Calendar for the year 2017 - 2018. Please visit the link to view the entire calendar.

General Info:

Nomination deadlines:

Fall Term May 5, 2018
Winter Term September 9, 2018
Spring/ Summer Term  


General Exchange Process

The general application and visa process is as follows:

  1. Application documents are collected (from students or partner coordinators)

  2. WSU admission is processed

  3. Study Abroad emails your WSU ID numbers and next-step instructions

  4. Housing Applications and Registration in courses

  5. You will apply for J1 Exchange Visitor Student visas.

  6. DS-2019 documents for J1 visas are issued by our Office of International Students (OISS)

  7. SEVIS ID Number (from DS-2019) emails to you to schedule your J1 visa interview

  8. DS-2019 original document sent by Fedex (sent to the student or to your international exchange coordinator as your university prefers) - original DS-2019 document is required for your visa interview at the U.S. Consulate.

  9. Visa Interview and visa issuance through the U.S. Consulate

A few notes:

  • Admission and WSU ID numbers cannot be issued until your application materials are received.

  • The DS-2019 document is needed for your J-1 visa application and interview.  

  • DS-2019s cannot be issued until WS admission is complete and all proof of funding documents are received.

J-1  Visa Info

  • Department of State J-1 Visa Information & Instructions:

  • Country specific information regarding visa processing may be found on the U.S. State Department website here:

  • SEVIS Fees - There are 2 SEVIS fees:

    • .You will need to pay the $180 fee to the US government before you go to the embassy for your visa 

    • You will pay the second $50 (US Dollars) SEVIS fee to the Wayne State Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) when you arrive (included in administrative fee for tuition paying J1 exchange visitors). You can make the payment here.

    • Additional Information for SEVIS here.

Medical Insurance

All J-1 international students are required to enroll in the Wayne State University Student/Scholar Health Insurance (IHI) plan administered by AIG. Do not purchase health insurance in your home country; it will not meet the Wayne State University Health Insurance Standards.

Any J-1 exchange visitor who willfully does not purchase health insurance for themselves and/or their family will be terminated from the WSU Exchange Visitor program.

Enroll in the OISS WSU International Student Health Insurance administered by AIG here.  Additional information may be found on the OISS webpage here.

Academic Information

Class Courses

A list of courses can be found at

English Proficiency Guidelines

  Full Academic                 Dual Academic & English Recommended  Full English Recommended for 1 term
TOEFL Score  79 or above 70 - 78 69 and below
IELTS Score  6.5 or above 6.0 - 6.5 5.5 and below
TOEIC Score 900 and above 850 - 899 850 and below


English Language Institute (ELI)

Our English Language Institute offers instruction in Intensive English Language and is open to exchange students during the summer and academic terms.  The tuition for ELI courses is included in the tuition waiver for our exchanges!

ELI 2018 Dates:

Summer Full Term 2018  May 1 - July 27, 2018
8- Week Intensive ELI Session  June 25 - August 16, 2018

Registration/How To

  • For step-by-step instructions on how to register for classes through Academica, please use this link. 

Full Time Status:

  • Please follow registration requirements provided through your home university.
  • Undergraduates12 credits
    • You will need approval to register for over 18 credits 
  • Graduates: 8 credits

Important: A credit-hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates not less than: 1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week, for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester-hour of credit, or the equivalent of amount of work over a different amount of time; or 2) At least an equivalent amount of work for other activities, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit-hours.

Areas of Study Allowed

Accommodation & Campus Life

Become acquainted with our campus before you arrive!


Wayne State offers shuttles to move around campus quickly and Detroit offers many options for getting around the city. To see all that is offered, please click here.


Accommodations and meals will be available on-campus within walking distance to all of your classes.  Online Housing Application Fees are non-refundable and are required for application and assignment.

On-Campus Housing

Towers Residential Suites DeRoy Furnished Apartments Atchinson Hall Ghafari Hall University Towers** DeRoy Unfurnished**

5284 Anthony Wayne Drive, Suite # ____

Detroit, MI 48202

5200 Anthony Wayne Dr.

Apt # ____

Detroit, MI 48202

5110 Anthony Wayne Dr.

Suite # ____

Detroit, MI 48202

695 Williams Mall

Suite # ____

Detroit, MI 48202

4500 Cass Avenue

Apt. # _______

Detroit, MI 48201

5200 Anthony Wayne Dr.

Apt. # ____

Detroit, MI 48202

*Unfurnished apartments are COMPLETELY without furnishings:  no bed, table, chairs, lamps etc. You are expected to buy or borrow this if requred !
Thompson Home is open only to undergraduate students with sophomore, junior or senior standing in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. 

2018-2019 Housing Rates


You may ship belongings, linens, etc. ahead of time to the residence hall or to the Study Abroad office to avoid excess baggage fees on your flight. You must let the office know before your items are shipped

Be aware that the mattresses in the dorms are larger than the standard size (twin extra-long). You can purchase sheets to fit through this company ( or be sure to bring the appropriate size with you. You must provide your own pillow, mattress cover, sheets and towels! (even if you live in a residence hall or furnished apartment). We do have some items available from past students but they get doled out on a first come basis. If you ship items to us, I will make sure that they are at the dorm front desk when you arrive (if you are arriving before Christmas Break, make sure the package will arrive before December 23 – otherwise send directly to your dorm/apartment)

Instructions to apply for housing online. 

You can apply for housing here.

Meal Plans

  • If you are living in a dorm, you have to register for a meal plan. The meal plans available for those students who are living in a dorm are available here
  • If you are not living in a dorm, you do not have to register for a meal plan, but it is highly recommended that you consider purchasing a small meal plan. You can look at your options for meal plans here.
  • If you are looking to change your meal plan, you will need to fill out the Meal Plan Change Request Form. If you do not submit a form by the due date, there is a chance that you will have to keep your meal plan. 

For more information, refer to the Wayne State Dining Services webpage

IMPORTANT: All WSU fees for housing and meals will be charged to your student account and you are responsible for the payment of these fees each semester.

Arrival & Departure

You may arrive at any time of day or night, the front desk staff at the dormitory will be expecting you and will assist you with check-in and access to your suite.

Reserving a Metro Car - Study Abroad is able to make arrangements for transportation for you from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to the WSU campus.  The fee for this service is $70 per vehicle - students riding in the same vehicle may share the fee. Please make the payment for your Metro Car here.

Orientation - You must attend an international student orientation which will be scheduled by OISS, we will provide the schedule once you get on campus.

TB test- To ensure a healthy campus and healthy students Wayne State University is requires Tuberculosis (TB) testing for new and continuing international students. The Campus Health Center is on the first floor of the DeRoy Apartments. Make sure you bring your AIG medical card and passport

Reporting Arrival & Departure

Departure from the USA -  You may depart after your last final exam.  Official dormitory move-out dates occur on the day after the last final exam for each semester.  Per night fees will be charged for each night in campus housing after the official move-out date - extra night room availability is not guaranteed. 


To access your student account balance:

  1. Log in to Academica

  2. Click "Student Resources"

  3. Click "Financial Records"

  4. Click "Bill/Account Summary" (constantly updated)  - not "eBill" (only updated monthly)

  5.  Click "Make an online tuition payment" at the bottom of the page to pay fees - Housing &  Meal Fee payment options can be accessed through this link.

*If you see tuition and registration fees appear on your account do not be concerned- a fee waiver will be applied to your account to credit these charges.

Late payment fee:

A student who does not pay their balance on the due dates for the current term shall be assessed a $25 late payment fee if the past due balance is less than $500, or a $40 late payment fee if the balance due is $500 or more. If you are late, you will get late payments until you pay off your balance. 

Additional Info:

  • Housing and meal plan payments will be due each semester for students remaining at WSU more than 1 semester.

  • Late fees assessed on balances will not be waived (excluding housing/meal increases incurred due to relocating or changing your meal plan).

  • Please be sure to pay only your:

    • Housing Fees

    • Residence Hall Miscellaneous Fees  

    • Meal Plan Fees

  • For more information on bill due dates, accepted forms of payments, etc., please visit the Office of the Bursar  

Contacting Us

International Exchange Program Coordinator: Lisa Kyle ( 

Front Desk/Student Assistants: ( Mariam Mushtaq, Syed Kazi, Shannel Chambers

Please email Lisa Kyle or our front desk if you need further assitance.