Before you can start your Texas State Application, please meet with the exchange program coordinator at your home institution and request submission of the Nomination Form.
Nomination deadline for Fall Semester (August - December) March 1st
Nomination deadline for Spring Semester (January - May) September 15th
The Texas State Study Abroad Office will review the candidates and confirm acceptance within a one week time period.
After the Study Abroad Office accepts the nominations, international exchange students need to complete the Online International Exchange Student Application.
- The "Pre-Acceptance Application Documents"** are numbered 1-6 under the Application Documents.
- The "Post-Acceptance Application Documents"** are numbered 7-9 under the Application Documents.
- The "Post-Acceptance Steps" are numbered 10-14 and do not require any uploads to your application. They do, however, require you to 'Mark as Read' whenever you complete the step.
- The "Post-Acceptance Application Documents"** continue with your flight itinerary and are numbered15-16.
Application Deadline for Fall Semester (August – December) March 31
Application Deadline for Spring Semester (January – May) October 1
**Requires uploading documents or filling out forms on your online application
*To complete this step, please refer to the Online Application Document #1
Please submit a copy of your passport via your online application.
*To complete this step, please refer to the Online Application Document #2
Exchange students are required to upload their most recent university transcript to their application (unofficial and/or official).
*Please send transcript via your online Application Document #3
The exchange students are required to upload to their application a proof of Proficiency in the English language that can be demonstrated by one of the following:
*To complete this step, please refer to the Online Application Document #5
The official housing accommodation for the exchange students is the Vistas San Marcos Student Apartment Complex.
However, upon request and depending on room availability, the Study Abroad Office may assist with on-campus housing reservations. Please note there are limited spaces. For more information, please visit: http://www.reslife.txstate.edu/livingoptions/options.html
After being admitted to Texas State, further housing application instructions will be provided to students.
*To select what type of housing you would like, please refer to the Online Application Document #6
After you receive the acceptance letter from Texas State University, we strongly encourage you to complete and upload the Course Selection Form via your Online Application, so that we can contact the appropriate departments for approvals, if needed. To complete this step, please refer to the Online Application Document #7. Please keep in mind that the approval process, especially for business courses, might take several weeks.
- Click here to view courses by term
- After you select fall or spring semester (current year), you can select the subject and course level you need. Once you do so, you will find a selection of classes for a particular subject offered in the fall.
- You can then select the class that interests you, by simply clicking on it. Once you do, a detail of the class will open, and you can see if the class has any available seats at this time.
- To see the syllabus for each course, click here
Attention: Please complete the course selection form within two weeks after acceptance.
After being accepted to Texas State University, you need to request an I-20 Form. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR SIGNED I-20 WITH YOU THROUGH CUSTOMS AND AT IMMIGRATION CHECK-IN.
*To submit your I-20 request please refer to the Online Application Document #8.
*Note: Official Acceptance Letters and I-20 Form will be mailed to the Exchange program coordinator of your home institution within two weeks after submitting the I-20 Form request.
Estimated Expense Chart Exchange Length Tuition Living Expenses Total Funding to be Required For Exchange Students Fall & Spring One Semester Exchange Tuition Exempt $9,327 $9,327 Two Semester Exchange Tuition Exempt $13,991 $13,991 (Fall to Spring 9 Months) Two Semester Exchange Tuition Exempt $18,655 $18,655 (Spring to Fall, 12 Months) *Please note that estimated costs for the living expenses are subject to change without prior notice.
If you have any questions about the I-20 form, please contact:
Student Development Specialist I
Victoria Elizabeth Gonzales
The purpose of this form is to help Texas State to be of maximum assistance during your study abroad experience. Mild physical or psychological disorders can become exacerbated with the stresses of life while studying abroad. It is important that the program be made aware of many medical or emotional problems you have experienced. The information provided will remain confidential and will be shared with program staff, faculty, or appropriate professionals only if necessary to your wellbeing. Texas State may not be able to accommodate all individual needs or circumstances. This information does not affect your admission into the program.
*Please complete the Health Information Questionnaire via your Online Application. Please refer to the Application Document #9.
After being accepted to Texas State University, you will receive an email with an assigned NetID. Your Texas State NetID is a number and letter combination and it is also a prefix of your Texas State e-mail address. See the examples below.
NetID (username): zz1234
E-mail address: email@example.com
With your NetID you will be able to log into the Texas State Self-Service (CatsWeb) where you will have access to a variety of online services, such as checking holds on your account, viewing final grades, class registration etc.
For a full description of online services, please click here.
*After you complete this step, please refer to the Post Acceptance Steps on your Online Application and click "Mark as Read" on step #10.
Exchange students must complete the online New Student Orientation (NSO) before arrival. A link will be provided to students via email after they are admitted to the University.
Exchange students DO NOT need to the contact Academic Advising Center nor attend the on-campus NSO. These orientations are required for undergraduate degree-seeking students. Exchange students do not need to pay $60 for online NSO (fee will be waived from your account).
*After you complete this step, please refer to the Post Acceptance Steps on your Online Application and click "Mark as Read" on step #11.
Texas State requires Bacteria Meningitis Vaccination for all students under the age of 22. For more detailed information regarding immunization, please click here.
In order to meet this requirement, we strongly recommend to check your immunization records. If you have not received this vaccine, be sure to get this vaccine immediately after being accepted into Texas Sate - no later than one month prior to arrival - so you will not have difficulty registering for classes.
You need to submit your proof of vaccination to Magnus Health SMR. For step-by-step instructions for submitting proof of vaccination through Magnus SMR, please click here. Acceptable evidence of vaccination may be found here http://www.admissions.txstate.edu/meningitis
*After you complete this step, please refer to the Post Acceptance Steps on your Online Application and click "Mark as Read" on the step #12.
The Study Abroad Office will notify you that you can proceed with course registration once you have completed the required online New Student Orientation (NSO) and submitted proof of meningitis vaccination.
To register for courses, please go to http://www.catsweb.txstate.edu/students.html and follow the next steps:
- Go to CatsWeb at http://www.catsweb.txstate.edu/students.html
- Click on My Registration & Class Schedule
- Enter you NetID and password.
- Select: Student - Registration - Registration/Schedule Changes
- You can then enter your course # or CRN number
*After you complete this step, please refer to the Post Acceptance Steps on your Online Application and click "Mark as Read" on step #13.
Please keep in mind that some classes fill up fast and prerequisites may apply. Texas State cannot guarantee that you will be able to register for the courses that you wish to take. We strongly recommend the you consider alternate courses as needed.
The exchange/international students are required to purchase the Texas State Health Insurance Plan while studying at Texas State University. Please click here for insurance deadlines and costs: www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/international
Once you register for courses, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to enroll in and purchase the required insurance plan. Please have a credit card available for payment.
To read an overview of plan benefits, please click here.
Exchange Students MUST purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan and ARE NOT allowed to receive a waiver.
If you have any questions regarding health insurance, please contact:
International Office Coordinator, DSO
Jonathan W. Tyner, M.A.
*After you complete this step, please refer to the Post Acceptance Steps on your Online Application and click "Mark as Read" on step #14.
Once you have purchased your airline tickets, please complete the last Application Documents on your Online Application. There are three separate Departing Airline forms for each flight you might be taking during your journey to San Marcos, Texas.
*To complete this step, please refer to the Online Application Document #15(a)-15(c).
If you know your returning flight information, please complete the Returning Airline forms. Otherwise, you will be required to return to your Online Application and fill out the information before you return to your home country.
*To complete this step, please refer to the Online Application Document #16(a)-16(b).
Incoming exchange students are responsible for paying:
Lodging $3,000 - $4,500 per semester depending on the selected accommodations Meals
Students living on-campus and with a meal plan, expect to spend an average of $1,600 per semester*
Students without a meal plan, expect to spend $500 approximately each month
International Operations Fee Exchange students are required to pay an International Operations Fee of $60 each semester Health insurance provided by Texas State University $700 - $800 approximately each semester Books $300 - $600 per semester depending on the required textbooks Personal Expenses $500 - $1,000 per semester depending on the student’s personal needs Total Estimated Cost per Semester ($) $5,360 – $8,460
*Students from Kansai Gaidai University, please select meal plan “250 meals/$75 Dining Dollars”
Students will be billed through Texas State Student Business Services (SBS). The student bill will include the international operations fee ($60) and for students living on campus - lodging and meals.
You can pay your bill in full or in three installments. More information about payment deadlines and payment plan, you can find at http://www.sbs.txstate.edu/students/dates.html
*Please note that the student account will also show tuition and fees associated with registration at Texas State. These charges will be covered by the Texas State Study Abroad Office according to the agreement between Texas State and the sending institution.
Number of Covered Credit Hours
According to the Institutional Agreements, the undergraduate exchange students are covered for 12 credit hours (full-time status). Only students from the listed below partner institutions may register up to 15 credits:
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach/Heibronn
Université Rennes 2
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Any additional charges, not specified in the agreements, will be covered directly by the exchange students.
The official housing accommodation for the exchange students is the Vistas San Marcos Student Apartment Complex.
There are several major reasons why we have decided on choosing the Vistas San Marcos Apartment Complex as the recommended accommodation for incoming exchange students.
It is in a great location. It is located at 401 N. Fredericksburg St. (please see the map at https://www.americancampus.com/student-apartments/tx/san-marcos/vistas-san-marcos/contact-us), which is pretty much on the campus and in a walking distance to Texas State University and the Study Abroad office (Thornton International House, located at 344 W Woods Street), and right next to Downtown and Square. This convenient location will make your Texas State experience much easier and enjoyable.
It has modern and fully furnished private bedrooms and bathrooms. Apartments also include: fully equipped kitchens, washer & dryer, cable TV & internet.
It has a 24-hour fitness and recreation center, swimming pool, 24-hour academic center with iMacs & free printing, group study lounges, Wi-Fi throughout the community and much more!
All incoming exchange students will have the option to share apartment units so you will enjoy spending your free time together and develop long-lasting friendships among yourselves!
They have 24/7 on-call staff to address your needs.
It is a gated community with card-controlled access for safety.
It is a part of ACT Ally (Achieving Community Together) program designed to help creating positive relations between student and local residents which build a strong community. ACT Ally is working in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Residential Life at Texas State to connect students with the rental industry in San Marcos.
Please view the photo gallery at https://www.americancampus.com/student-apartments/tx/san-marcos/vistas-san-marcos/gallery
4 Floor Plans and Estimated Rates per Semester
(1) 2 Bedroom + 2 Bathroom C (2 full units available)
(a) Standard $784 (per month) = $3,920 (per semester)
You can view the floor plan at https://www.americancampus.com/student-apartments/tx/san-marcos/vistas-san-marcos/floor-plans/2-bed-2-bath-c
(2) 2 Bedroom + 2 Bathroom B Loft (1 full unit available)
(a) Standard $739 (per month) = $3,695 (per semester)
(c) Loft $634 (per month) = $3,170 (per semester)
You can view the floor plan at https://www.americancampus.com/student-apartments/tx/san-marcos/vistas-san-marcos/floor-plans/2-bed-2-bath-b-loft
(3) 2 Bedroom + 2,5 Bathroom H Loft (1 full unit available)
(a) Standard $774 (per month) = $3,870 (per semester)
(b) Deluxe $794 (per month) = $3,970 (per semester)
(c) Loft $669 (per month) = $3,345 (per semester)
You can view the floor plan at https://www.americancampus.com/student-apartments/tx/san-marcos/vistas-san-marcos/floor-plans/2-bed-2-5-bath-h-loft
(4) 2 Bedroom + 2 Bathroom D Loft (5 full units available)
(a) Standard $724 (per month) = 3,620 (per semester)
(b) Deluxe $744 (per month) = $3,720 (per semester)
(c) Loft $634 (per month) = $3,170 (per semester)
You can view the floor plan at https://www.americancampus.com/student-apartments/tx/san-marcos/vistas-san-marcos/floor-plans/2-bed-2-bath-d-loft
Online Housing Contract Submission and Dining Plan Selection
However, upon request and depending on room availability, the Study Abroad Office may assist with on-campus housing reservations. Please note there are limited spaces.
All students residing on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Students can select one of the three meal plan options. Dining services information can be found by clicking here. Please note that it will be important for you to know which one of the three meal plans to select before you apply online.
Log into Catsweb, click on Students, then Texas State Student Self-Service - you will need your NetID and password.
- Select Student
- Select Housing and Meal Plans
- Select Residential Life Housing and Meal Plans
- Select Apply Online
- Select first semester/term you are attending
- Agree to legally binding contract terms
- Answer contract questions (ADA, Living Learning Communities, etc.)
(Note: To facilitate the process, exchange students are NOT required to pay $300 prepayment. This required payment will be waived temporarily from your account prior your contract submission).
- Select Meal Plan (Required for all students living in residence halls)
You will receive immediate confirmation for successful contract submission.
For more detailed information on the housing contract process please click here.
Official accommodation will be available for early check-in one week before the semester starts. Therefore, we do not recommend that you arrive in Texas earlier than one week before your first day of classes. The Study Abroad Office will notify you in advance by email regarding the check-in date(s) for the Vistas.
Temporary Housing before Orientation
If you decide to arrive earlier than the Texas State housing accommodations are open for check-in, the Study Abroad Office may assist you with finding accommodations for your earlier arrival. However, you will be responsible for any and all costs associated with this temporary housing arrangement.
You may consider staying at The Crystal River Inn (326 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX, phone: 844-247-8657), which is located near Texas State University (0.6 mi/09 km, or 15 min walking). Price for one night is approximately $125. For more information visit http://www.reservation-desk.com/hotel.
*Please note that in our Official Housing Accommodation, you will have the option to pay $20 for every additional day before your official check-in date.
After arrival, exchange students have to attend the Welcome Meeting sponsored by the SAO and International Student Resource Fair Student Orientation sponsored by the International Office at Texas State.
The Welcome Meeting
The exchange students must attend The Welcome Meeting, which usually takes place one week before the semester starts and at the day of the early check-in into residential halls. During this meeting students will have the opportunity to meet key staff members as well as other exchange students. Important reminders as well as information regarding registration will be presented. Students will also receive assistance with obtaining their Texas State ID cards and checking-in with the International Office for immigration requirements. This meeting will conclude with a campus tour, a trip to Walmart and checking-in into your assigned residential halls.
Check-in with the International Office
During the Exchange Student Welcome Meeting, we will assist you with checking-in with the International Office. Note: all exchange/international students are required to check in with the International Office to comply with immigration requirements. You will need to have the following documents with you: your passport, visa, I-94 and signed I-20.
Bobcat ID Card
Once you arrive at the university, you will need a Bobcat card. This student identification card has many features. These features include:
Linking your Bobcat card to a Wells Fargo account, so you may use your card as an ATM card
Borrowing library material
Door access to campus facilities etc.
After the Welcome Meeting, we will take you to the TX State ID Services Office so you can request your Bobcat ID Card.
International Student Resource Fair
The exchange students must attend a mandatory International Student Resource Fair sponsored by the International Office. This orientation is usually scheduled one day after the Welcome Meeting. Please check the International Office website for specific date and the registration procedure.
For information about the resources at Texas State that may be beneficial for you, please download the Resource Guide.