Application & Visa Procedures
The very first thing you should do if you wish to study at UT Brownsville as an exchange student or intern is to CONTACT YOUR INTERNATIONAL OFFICE. They can help get you started with the process, including approval from your home university, and will contact us to let us know of your interest.
Once this has been done, we will need all of the following:
Copy of your valid passport
Academic Transcripts from your university
A letter of support from your university stating that you understand English well enough to take classes OR a sufficient TOEFL score (minimum of 79)
- Proof of financial support indicating that you ahve at least $1000 for every month you plan to attend UTB ($4,000 for one semester, $8,000 for two). This can be proven with an original bank statement or an original letter issued by the bank.
- Proof of health insurance, valid in the United States. If you don't have one, we have a list of some providers you can use.
Before the official application deadline, we will also need to receive the following from you:
- A list of the classes you wish to take at UTB, approved by your university. You must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours during the semester. (To search for classes offered, see our Online Course Schedule and for Course Description, see our Undergraduate Course Catalog).
Please email these documents to: Larissa F. Guijosa (Larissa.email@example.com) in order to expedite the process.
After we receive the first five items listed above, we will issue you your J-1 visa documents. We will send the D2019 form to the International Office at your university.
After we send your documents, you will need to contact your nearest American consulate/embassy through their website and pay the designated SEVIS fee. After that, they will invite you for an interview and issue you your visa. Your International Programs advisor may help you with this process.
When you send us the classes you wish to take, please list at least three extra and indicate which classes are top priority. We will do our best to register you for your first pick, but we cannot guarantee you a spot in all of them. Some classes require pre-requisites in order for you to be able to take them, and others might be full. We will let you know which classes we were able to register you for.