Apply as a Visiting or Exchange Student

Apply as a Visiting/Exchange Student (J-1 visa holder)


Visiting/exchange students are non-degree seeking at YSU and are currently enrolled at one of YSU’s partner universities. Visiting/exchange students will be holding a J-1 Visa while studying at YSU. 
Visiting/exchange applicants need to be nominated by their home universities before initiating the YSU international application. YSU does not accept individual visiting/exchange applications without receiving the nomination from partner universities. 


Minimum Requirements


  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (U.S. 4.00 scale) based on your grades of college work for visiting students; a minimum GPA of 3.00 (U.S. 4.00 scale) for exchange students with a tuition waiver. 
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency. Additional to the accepted tests listed on English Proficiency Requirements webpage, YSU also accpets TOEIC for visiting/exchange students with Listening and Reading minimum 670 and Speaking and Writing minimum 290.
  • For international undergraduate admission review purposes, YSU accepts scanned copies of original credentials in PDF format (See detailed requirements for copied documents). 

Students who are admitted on the basis of scanned documents must: 

  • mail in or bring in the official transcripts and degree certificates; and
  • request the test center to send the official Language Test Report directly to YSU Office of International Admissions (code: 1975) (if English Proficiency is not waived).

Please note: Students will not be allowed to register for classes or request official transcripts before official credentials are received by YSU. Please check Official Transcripts and Degree Certificates and How to Submit webpage for detailed information.

  • All documents should be submitted in the original language in which they were issued, along with certified translated copies unless the institution that issues the documents does so in English.




To apply as a visiting/exchange student, please follow the step by step instructions below:

Step 1: Apply through your home university.

The designated university official at your home institution will send the nominated student information to YSU International Programs Office; 

Step2: Go to the application portal and create your account.

If you have already created an account, please log in to your portal. Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to Create my Account PDF tutorial. 

Step 3: Log in to your application portal and start your online application form. 

On the application form – “Plans” tab, make sure to select your Degree Type field as “Non-Degree,” Academic Program field as Special Admission (Non Degree) - this is the only available option, and Student Type field as Visiting/Exchange Student. Select all other fields accordingly. 

Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to Fill out an Application Form PDF Tutorial. 

Step 4: Your application form will only be submitted after you successfully pay the $45 non-refundable application fee and hit the “next” button.

Please make sure that all your information is accurate before you submit your application. You cannot change any information on your application form after it is submitted. 

About the $45 non-refundable application fee payment: If you have any difficulty paying your application fee using your credit card, you may try to pay it through Flywire (a credit card is not required). If you successfully paid the application fee through Flywire, please make sure to send your Flywire payment receipt to You will receive a code from International Admissions Office that you can type in to the “Promo Code” field to proceed with your application submission. 

Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to Submit an Application Form PDF Tutorial. 

Step 5: Upload required supplemental items through your application portal.

Supplemental items will appear a few minutes after you successfully submit your application. Upload required supplemental items marked with “*” for an admission decision in two weeks.        Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to View your Application Status and Upload Required Materials PDF Tutorial. 


Lists of required supplemental items for admission review


  • Photocopy of your valid passport page showing photo, name, and birth date. 
  • International academic credential –latest transcripts from your home university. Applicants must show the official academic record/grades on your transcript. This includes subjects studied, grades received, and a key to the grading system. English Translation (certified) is required. 
  • A proof of English Language Proficiency. YSU accepts several official English proficiency test scores. All international applicants are required to submit a proof of English Language Proficiency.

You will receive email updates about missing supplemental items. Your application is considered complete once you upload all the required supplemental items marked with “*” on your application portal-Application View page. It is reasonable to expect 10-14 business days to receive an admission decision or an additional supplemental item request after your application is completed. Please log back into your application portal to check your application status from time to time.


Obtain Your DS 2019 Paperwork-After You Are Admitted


After you are admitted, Please check Obtain Your DS 2019 Paperwork-After You Are Admitted webpage for next steps.