Application/Enrollment Process for exchange students

Please click each section to learn more about the application/ enrollment process for exchange students. As you can see, class registration information is only shared with accepted students.

1. Be nominated by your home university

Exchange program applicants must go through the nomination process by each partnered university per immigration regulations. In other words, any student who is not nominated by the home university cannot apply for the exchange program. Students who are interested in participating in the SUNY Oswego exchange program must reach out to their home university regarding the nomination process.

Although each university has its own requirements to select students for nomination, exchange program applicants must meet English proficiency scores, GPA, and financial requirements. Below are details about each requirement:

English Requirement

Students who are not native in English or whose degrees at the home universities are not instructed entirely in English must provide minimum English proficiency scores of either 71 TOEFL iBT, 6.0 IELTS, or B2 on the Cambridge English Scale. Minimum English proficiency scores for Master's level exchange students are 79 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or C1 on the Cambridge English Scale. Discover the range of English proficiency exams we accept by visiting this pageSUNY Oswego only accepts English proficiency scores that were taken within two years of the submission date. Students who are instructed entirely in English are required to submit a letter, certificate, or transcript. 

GPA Requirement

Students must meet 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA requirements to be nominated for the SUNY Oswego exchange program. Please reach out to your home university to confirm if your GPA would meet the requirement.

Financial Requirement

Nominated students will be asked to provide the financial documents when they submit the online application. Please reach out to your home university to confirm the minimum amount to participate in the exchange program for each semester. Please note that the financial requirements are different for free tuition students and fee-paying students. The financial requirement asks for the minimum amount to participate in the program and it may be different from the tuition and fee that the student is required to pay as the tuition and fee is subject to change.

IMPORTANT: Accepted exchange students are advised to start paying the bills upon arrival and no later than the first Friday of the semester. Student bills are usually not finalized before the semester start date, thus, students are highly advised to hold off paying the bills until they arrive on campus. 

Nomination Deadline

Partnered universities are informed that the nomination form should be submitted by:

  • April 1 for the Fall/August semester.
  • October 1 for the Spring/January semester. 

Please note that class registration information will be shared with accepted students only. IMPORTANT: For successful completion of the exchange program, professors at SUNY Oswego advise exchange students to take 2 major-level classes and 2 general education-level classes. Students who need to take particular classes to meet the home university graduation requirement are not advised to apply for the SUNY Oswego exchange program as there's no guarantee that students can register for certain classes.

2. Submit the online application

After the nomination deadline, nominated students will receive an email with the online application link. Nominated students are asked to provide the following documents:

  • Financial documents (IMPORTANT: Accepted exchange students are advised to start paying the bills upon arrival and no later than the first Friday of the semester. Student bills are usually not finalized before the semester start date, thus, students are highly advised to hold off paying the bills until they arrive on campus.)
  • Transcripts
  • English proficiency scores

Application Deadline

Nominated students are required to submit the online application by:

  • April 15 for the Fall/August semester
  • October 15 for the Spring/January semester 
3. Be accepted and get ready for class registration

Accepted students will receive emails from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services within a month of the application deadline. Accepted students will receive emails regarding the immigration document Form DS-2019 to schedule the visa interview. 

In the meantime, accepted students are advised to complete the pre-registration steps to be able to register for classes which include:

  • Lakernet ID activation
  • Health requirements
  • Housing application
  • International Acknowledgment Form
  • ID photo submission
4. Register for classes

Accepted exchange students will receive emails regarding the class registration process and the earliest date that they can register for classes. Please scroll down to see frequently asked questions about class registration. 

5. Prepare your departure for the Orientation

Please refer to the Accepted Students page and Current Students page to prepare for your arrival at Oswego. Please keep in mind that all incoming students must attend the New International Student Orientation per immigration rules. 

6. How to view your student bill and payment due date

Once you are accepted, you will receive an email from Student Accounts regarding the tuition due date in January/August. Accepted students must pay their bills in full by one business day before the start of a semester. Please note that exchange students are not eligible for a payment plan and they are required to pay the bill in full. To learn more about the payment options, please go to SUNY Oswego's Office of Student Accounts

Frequently Asked Questions

About the class registration from exchange students

1. Can I take different major classes?

Yes, exchange students study at SUNY Oswego as non-degree-seeking students meaning they are not tied to any specific major. For this reason, exchange students can take different major classes as long as the class is not closed and is not limited to certain major programs and students meet the pre-registration requirements. Instructions on resolving registration errors will be shared with accepted students only.

In the same light, graduate-level students can also take undergraduate-level classes as long as the class is not closed and is not limited to certain major programs and students meet the pre-registration requirements.

IMPORTANT: For successful completion of the exchange program, professors at SUNY Oswego advise exchange students to take 2 major-level classes and 2 general education-level classes. Students who need to take particular classes to meet the home university graduation requirement are not advised to apply for the SUNY Oswego exchange program as there's no guarantee that students can register for certain classes.

2. Who are my advisors?

Exchange students study at SUNY Oswego as non-degree-seeking students meaning they are not tied to any specific major. For this reason, exchange students are not assigned to advisors but student buddies. Details about student buddies and how to reach them will be shared with accepted students only. Accepted exchange students will be able to work with student buddies to resolve class registration errors.

It is worth noting that student buddies cannot register for classes on behalf of exchange students. Exchange students who were able to resolve errors but register for classes by themselves following instructions that are provided to them. 

3. How do I register for classes?

Accepted exchange students will receive emails with instructions on how to register for classes once they are accepted.

4. How do I resolve class registration errors?

Exchange students study at SUNY Oswego as non-degree-seeking students meaning they are not tied to any specific major. For this reason, exchange students may encounter multiple registration errors. To resolve the errors, accepted students are provided with the resource on how to resolve class registration errors. Students can follow the instruction and/or complete the J-1 Class Registration Worksheet which will notify your student buddy that you need further assistance.

5. Do I need to provide all of 10 classes for the J-1 Class Registration Worksheet?

J-1 Class Registration Worksheet is designed for exchange students to inform student buddies so they are not required to provide all of the 10 classes. IMPORTANT: For successful completion of the exchange program, professors at SUNY Oswego advise exchange students to take 2 major-level classes and 2 general education-level classes. Students who need to take particular classes to meet the home university graduation requirement are not advised to apply for the SUNY Oswego exchange program as there's no guarantee that students can register for certain classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we have gathered immigration related questions as well as campus living topics for J-1 visa holders. 

When does the semester starts/ends?

Calendar dates for current and upcoming semesters can be found from the College calendar page. The semester begin date is written as Instruction begins and the end date is end of student teaching.

How can I prove my English proficiency?

Exam/Program

Minimum Score

TOEFL iBT 71
IELTS 6.0
Cambridge English Scale C1

Additional scores may be considered on a case-by-case basis; please visit this page for a complete list of English proficiency scores that are currently accepted for admission to the university. Please note that conditional admissions is not available for exchange students.

(J-1 students) I cannot register classes

For J-1 students, there can be instances where your account is on hold or you cannot register desired classes beacuse of pre-requisite courses. Don't worry, your academic advisor will assist you during the Orientation. What you need to do is bring a list of courses you would like to take including the course number, title and time.  

What do I need to bring to campus? Where to buy textbooks?

Residence Life and Housing offers the list of Things for you to bring and Things for you and your roommate to discuss. ISSS also provides a Packing list for incoming international students. From the items that you cannot find in your home country or items that are cheaper in US to textbooks, this list of retail stores and websites will guide you where to buy things.

How can I change my meal plans?

You need to fill out the form and submit it before the deadline. 

How can I see my bill?

You should be able to see your bill online at Myoswego.
Please follow the steps in order to view/save your invoice.

1. Log in to Myoswego (click single sign-on) 
2. Go to Financial Services tab
3. Click View/Pay Account
4. Click View or View all to pull up the invoice of your desired term

If you have any inquiry regarding your bill, contact stuaccts@oswego.edu.

What are acceptable forms of payment?

SUNY Oswego accepts Cash, Check, Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express) and international wire transfer. Check out the Payment Options page to see the entire list of available payment options.

If you have any inquiry regarding your payment options, contact stuaccts@oswego.edu.

Can I work on campus?

Yes, you can work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week. Check out openings as well as application process.
Please note in order for you to be paid, you need a Social Security Number (SSN). Therefore, once you got a job, please bring an Employment Verification letter to our office, 102 Sheldon Hall during walk-in hours. We will assist you how to apply for SSN. 

How can I apply for SSN?

Once you are hired, ask your on-campus employer for the Employment Verification Letter. Bring the letter to our office at 102 Sheldon Hall during walk-in hours (Monday to Friday, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM) or upload your employment letter here. From there we will provide you the ISSS Office letter as well as the instruction of applying for Social Security Number. Please note that you can work without SSN, but you will not be paid until you have SSN. 

I want to travel to Canada, what do I need to carry?

Find out if you need a visa page will help you to find out if you need a visa to enter Canada. Contact us at isss@oswego.edu, if you are required to submit any document that needs to be issued by our office.