How to Apply

The TU International Student Exchange Program is only open to students currently enrolled at one of our exchange partner institutions. Contact your home institution's international office to find out if you are eligible to participate. Once your home institution has approved your eligibility for the program you can begin the application process.

Submit the following items to the Study Abroad or Exchange Coordinator at your home institution who will forward them to our office:

  • International Student Exchange Application Form
  • Official Academic Record/Transcript of your courses from your home institution. Please include a scan of both sides of your transcript so we can view the credit evaluation details, often on the back or the final page.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language (TOEFL or IELTS Documentation). Kansai Gaidai students are exempt from this requirement. See below for details.
  • Financial documentation proving you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in the United States. This usually comes in the form of a bank statement or bank letter. Click here for the required amounts.
  • Additionally, if the financial sponsor is someone other than yourself, you must submit Financial Support Guarantee (PDF). 
  • Photocopy of the biographical information page of your passport.

Application deadlines

Spring/Calendar Year: OCTOBER 1 (apply by September 15 for on-campus housing)
Fall/Academic Year: MAY 1 (apply by April 15 for on-campus housing)

English Language Proficiency

Kansai Gaidai University students are exempt from this requirement. 

The English language proficiency requirement can be satisfied through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 70 for Internet-based (IBT) is required for all non-native English speakers. Students will also be required to take a placement exam upon arrival and may be asked to enroll in an ESOL class (may have an additional fee) based on the result of the exam.

For more information about TOEFL, please write or call: TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA; telephone: 609-771-7100, or visit their Web site at

Applicants who have completed the IELTS must score at least a 6 (minimum 5.5 band scores). IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. For more information, visit their Web site at

Students seeking to prove English Proficiency using an alternate exam should have their home institution's international office request approval on their behalf.

Students from partner institutions who do not meet the minimum language requirements to study at Towson on exchange may take courses at our English Language Center (ELC) prior to their semester or full year in regular university classes. This is called the ELC + International Exchange program. Note: Costs related to the semester at the ELC are not covered by the international exchange student agreement - separate fees apply.


Once we have reviewed your complete application you will receive an admission email. Your acceptance packet will be sent to your home institution shortly after.

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