Incoming Undergraduate Exchange Participants

Welcome to Indiana University!

Congratulations on your nomination by Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) or Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) to participate in the 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 your home university and meet IU admissions standards. For more information about this requirement, including English proficiency, see:

IU Bloomington Admissions Standards

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. Undergraduate exchange students from FUB and AUD are restricted to academic programs offered in the College of Arts and SciencesYou will be asked to select this academic program on your application. 

Start the Application for Admission

After you have completed the application for admission, the exchange coordinator at your home university should send the following supporting documents 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 your home university have negotiated specific terms of support for exchange participants.

Students fromFreie Universität Berlin will receive a fellowship award that covers tuition, mandatory fees, on-campus housing, meal plan, and health insurance.

Students from Ambedkar University Delhi will receive a fellowship award that covers tuition and mandatory fees only.  

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 (e.g. purchase sheets and other bedding, wash/dry clothing): $150

New and used print copies of books required for courses can be rented or purchased from the IU BookstoreTIS 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

Freie Universität Berlin undergraduate students

Undergraduate exchange students from FUB must live on campus and sign up for a meal plan.

Ambedkar University Delhi undergraduate students

Undergraduate exchange students from AUD must secure their own housing and are responsible for all costs related to housing, meals, and other standard living expenses. IU encourages students from AUD to live on campus.    

On-campus housing options

On-campus housing is available on a first come, first serve basis. You should apply for housing immediately when you receive your IU student identification number. As you review options through IU's Residential Programs and Services, pay attention to those designated for international exchange students. 

Apply for on-campus housing

On-campus meal plan

FUB students should sign up for a meal plan that gives them access to on-campus dining options. AUD students, especially those who live on campus, should also consider applying for a meal plan. 

Learn about meal plans

Health Insurance

Freie Universität Berlin undergraduate students

IU provides students from FUB with a general health insurance plan. Coverage is adequate, but not comprehensive. Students may maintain duplicate coverage. Some past recipients have chosen to make separate arrangements, at their own expense, for more extensive health insurance coverage from their home countries.

Ambedkar University Delhi undergraduate students

Undergraduate students from AUD are required to purchase health insurance under the IU international student health insurance program, or for demonstrating that they have comparable health insurance coverage and completing a waiver.

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 12 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 academic advisor from the College of Arts and Sciences will help you register for classes prior to your arrival in Bloomington.

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:

IU Bloomington Resources on Living & Working in the U.S.