Universidad de Costa Rica Graduate Exchange Students

Welcome to Indiana University!

Congratulations on your nomination by Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) to participate in the graduate student exchange program with Indiana University. In order to be accepted officially to the exchange program, you must first apply to the IU Bloomington campus.

Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s eight campuses across the state of Indiana. Over 48,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend IU Bloomington—and just over 7,000 are international students.

Indiana University is located in the city of Bloomington. Over 84,000 people call Bloomington home. It combines a small-town atmosphere with the amenities of a much bigger city—international grocery stores, restaurants with cuisine from around the world, and ethnic festivals. It’s also easy to travel to larger cities nearby, such as Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

Eligibility to Participate

To participate in the exchange, you must have completed at least one year of coursework at UCR and meet admissions standards for Indiana University. For more information about the admissions standards, including English proficiency, see:

Admissions for graduate students

Before you start the application, you should review the list of academic programs and identify the one that most closely matches your current program of study. You will be asked to select this academic program on your application. Exchange students may apply for any academic program with the exception of business and law.

Start the Application for Admission

After you have completed the application for admission, the exchange coordinator for UCR should send the following supporting documents directly to the Office of International Partnerships

  • IU international application for admission (application form printed from online application system)
  • TOEFL score report (required)
  • Official academic records (originals or certified copies)
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation (in English or translated into English)
  • 300- to 500-word statement of purpose

The Office of International Partnerships will forward your application to the appropriate academic program for review. This process takes several weeks.

Financial Support

Indiana University and UCR have negotiated specific terms of support for exchange participants. You will receive a fellowship award that covers tuition and mandatory fees.

You should plan to bring a credit card or traveler’s checks to pay initial expenses when you arrive. Some of these expenses may include:

  • Ground transportation from airport to Bloomington: $25
  • Textbooks and supplies: $350-$500
  • Household and personal items: $150

New and used print copies of books required for courses can be rented or purchased from the IU Bookstore, TIS Bookstore, or other online book sellers. Digital copies of many books can be rented online from services such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble (payment with a credit card is required). You are encouraged to search the IU Libraries to see if digital copies of assigned books are available.

Housing & Meal Plans

On-campus housing

If you are interested in living on campus, you should apply for housing immediately when you receive your IU student identification number. On-campus housing is available on a first come, first serve basis. As you review options through IU's Residential Programs and Services, pay attention to those designated for international exchange students. You are encouraged to apply for an apartment, as you would likely find the accommodations are more suitable for graduate students.  

Explore on-campus housing

Off-campus housing

The IU Office of International Services maintains a list of resources to help you find off-campus housing. You should also review carefully the "tips to remember when looking for off-campus housing." Please be aware that the exchange program coordinator cannot assist you with any off-campus housing issues.

Health Insurance

In the United States, health insurance is necessary to receive medical care at a more affordable rate. As an international exchange student, you are required to have it for your entire stay in the U.S. Having adequate health insurance ensures that you comply with visitor regulations, stay healthy, and protect yourself from unexpected medical costs. IU has a health insurance plan that you can purchase for yourself and your dependents, but you can use your own insurance policy as long as it meets certain requirements.

Health and insurance resources

IU Email Account and Access to Online Resources

After you have been admitted to IU, you should set up your IU email account after you receive your student identification number ("university ID"). Follow the email set-up instructions on the University Information Technology Services website. You will need to provide their last name, date of birth, and university ID number.

With the IU email address and passphrase, you can access IU’s many online resources and services through One.IU and at selected library resources with IU Bloomington Libraries.

Arrival and Orientation

Transportation to Bloomington: You should arrange transportation from the Indianapolis International Airport to the city of Bloomington (approximately 50 miles).

All incoming exchange students are required to attend orientation. At that time, you will complete a document check. You should verify that you have brought all of therequired documentswith you to the United States:

  • Orientation schedule
  • Passport
  • Visa stamp
  • I-94 document
  • All original I-20s or DS-2019s (including documents from previous U.S. schools as well)

Course Registration and Maintaining Visa Status

To stay in status, you must enroll in a full load of classes, at least 8 credit hours, each semester you are studying at IU.

After you have been admitted to IU, you should look at the schedule of classes, searchable by academic department. An advisor from the academic program to which you have been admitted will help you register for classes.

Computing Labs and IT Support

Wireless internet (“wifi”) access is available across the majority of the IU Bloomington campus. Read more about connection services.

Computing labs, including many with printing services, are available in multiple locations on the IU Bloomington campus.

University Information Technology Services (UITS) offers many other resources and services, including an option for live chat with a staff member to resolve any issues that arise during the exchange participant's visit.

Other Useful Resources

The Office of International Services on the Bloomington campus has several online resources available to help students prepare for their experience in the United States:

Resources on Living & Working in the U.S.