Exchange Students

Designated Exchange Students 

Process of Becoming an Exchange Student

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1. Designation Email
To become an exchange student at MSU, you must be designated by your university. Your university should send an email to Bill McKibben (bmckibben@murraystate.edustating that you have been officially selected as an exchange student. 
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2. MSU Application for Admission
The International Student Admission Application must be filled out and sent to Bill McKibben in the IIS Office (bmckibben@murraystate.edu). Please keep in mind that exchange students are exempt from the $50 MSU application fee.
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3. Official University Transcripts
Please send official transcripts to Bill McKibben (bmckibben@murraystate.edu).
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4. English Language Proficiency Scores
Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores meeting requirements for unconditional admission. (View Language Requirements)
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5. Copy of Passport
Please include a copy of the biographical page of your passport.
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6. Financial Statement
You will need to show sufficient funds to cover housing, meals, and incidental expenses. Your bank statements should show at least $13,500 USD. Although you may not spend this much, you must show this amount to receive your visa. This should be a certified bank statement.
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7. Apply for On-Campus Housing
To apply for on-campus housing, please complete the housing application and pay the $150 housing deposit available through your student account (called myGate). Follow the myGate Registration instructions that were sent to you by your admissions officer, then follow these instructions in order to complete the housing application.
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8. Transcript Release
The Transcript Release Form will need to be filled out by the exchange students and sent to the Institute for International Studies. If you would like to send a faxed copy, that will be fine; however, we will eventually need the official copy of this form.
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9. DS-2019 Information Form
The DS-2019 Information Form will need to be filled out by the exchange students and sent to the Institute for International Studies. If you would like to send a faxed copy, that will be fine; however, we will eventually need the official copy of this form.
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10. Proof of Health Insurance
This can be shown or purchased upon arrival. Health insurance at Murray State University will cost approximately $863 for one year. If you decide to use insurance from your home country, the insurance must meet certain requirements.*
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Document Checklist
We also have a checklist to help make sure you have submitted the appropriate materials.

*Health care information can be found in the Exchange Visitor Program brochure that will be included in the J-1 student package you will receive after submitting your student documents. Please do not purchase insurance from your home country until you receive the J-1 student information packet. One thing to note is if you bring insurance from your home country, you will be responsible for paying your medical bills here in the U.S. and will have to seek reimbursement once you return home.

 

Once we receive the forms mentioned above, we will start the visa application paperwork.

If you have any questions, contact us today!

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Bill McKibben
Director for International Student Enrollment and Retention
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Misty Brown
International Student Advisor
270-809-2964
mbrown@murraystate.edu
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Office Address:
174 Woods Hall
Murray, Kentucky, USA 42071
Coordinates: 36.612858, -88.320554