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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has established exchange agreements with the institutions listed below that allow students from these universities to study at WPI.  

1.        Aarhus University
2.        Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (HTWG)
3.        KTH Royal Institute of Technology
4.        NEOMA Business School
5.        Tsinghua University
6.        Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Please note: WPI does NOT accept short-term visiting students except those from the above recognized exchange partners.

Incoming Exchange Student Process

  • Nomination

    Contact your home university's international office to be nominated to study at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Eligibility requirements are set by your home university.

  • Application Documents

    Fall 2020 due by April 15, 2020 

    Spring 2021 due by September 15, 2020

    Visa questions? Email Colleen Callahan-Panday Director of International Student Life. Please include your name, your home institution, that you are an exchange student, the semester you will be at WPI, and a short description of your problem or question. 

    Your international exchange advisor must email your application documents to WPI.  Your application documents must include the following information:

    1. Passport

    Color copy of the picture page of your passport.  Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your program ends.

    2. Financial Statement

    As part of the J-1 visa requirement you need to submit one of the following:

    1. Bank account statement of the person(s) responsible for covering your expenses while at WPI

    2. Proof of funding from the sponsoring organization responsible for covering your expenses while at WPI

    This must be in English.

    Note: You must be able to show a minimum of $1200 per month for living expenses not including cost of insurance.

    3. Medical Insurance

    As part of the J-1 visa requirement you need to submit the following:

    Sponsors must require that all exchange visitors (as well as their accompanying spouses and dependents) have insurance in effect that covers them for sickness or accidents during the time of their exchange visitor program.  The recent rule increases the minimum coverage to meet today’s medical insurance needs.  As of May 15, 2015, minimum coverage must provide medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness; repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000; expenses associated with medical evacuation to the exchange visitor’s home country in the amount of $50,000; and deductibles cannot exceed $500 per accident or illness (Section 62.14(a)).  Inadequate insurance coverage may be catastrophic for an individual exchange visitor. Thus, the Department increased the requirements.

    Program participants and their dependents are required to have medical insurance coverage with the following minimum benefits [22 CFR 62.14].

    •             Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness

    •             Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000

    •             Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000

    •             A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness

    Sponsors are to require that their participants (and any dependents entering the United States as holders of a J-2 visa) have insurance in effect during the period of time they are in the sponsor's program. An insurance policy secured to meet the benefits requirements must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-I" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims Paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above. Alternatively, the sponsor may ascertain that the participant's policy is backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country. For other options, see [22 CFR 62.14].

    Program regulations also discuss coverage through HMOs and self-insurance of the above requirements by federal, state or local government agencies, state colleges and universities, and public community colleges, if permitted by law. Refer to [22 CFR 62.14] for additional information.

    This must be in English.

    4. English Language Proficiency

    You must have an adequate command of the English language to apply to study at WPI. English proficiency level may be demonstrated by means of score reports of such exams:

    •             TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score 80 with no section below 20

    •             MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum score 80

    •             IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum score 6.5 with no band below 6.0

    •             PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): Minimum score 53 PTE-A

    Note: This is the minimum score allowed for admittance.

  • Demographic Information

    Fall 2020 due by May 1, 2020

    Spring 2021 due by October 1, 2020

    Please complete the online form.  You will be asked to provide demographic information.

  • Exchange Student Information

    Please make sure to review the Exchange Student Information packet.

  • Acceptance Paperwork

    Fall 2020 will receive acceptance paperwork by late June 2020

    Spring 2021 will receive acceptance paperwork by late November 2020

    WPI will send your official acceptance packet, including documents needed to apply for your student visa, to the International Education advisor at your home university.

    Please note: It is your responsibility to apply for your student visa. 

  • WPI Email Address

    You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office with your WPI ID number and instructions on obtaining a WPI email address.

  • Class Registration

    Fall 2020 registration will take place the last week in July 2020

    Spring 2021 registration will take place the first week in December 2020 

    Registration questions?  Email the Office of the Registrar.  Please include your name, your home institution, that you are an exchange student, the semester you will be at WPI, and a short description of your problem or question.

    You will receive an email containing detailed instructions on course registration as well as your specific registration date and time.

  • Health Forms

    Fall 2020 due by August 15, 2020

    Spring 2021 due by December 15, 2020

    Health form questions?  Email Regina Roberto Director of Health Services.  Please include your name, your home institution, that you are an exchange student, the semester you will be at WPI, and a short description of your problem or question.   
     
    After you register for courses you will have access to the WPI Health Portal.
     
    WPI Health Services requires all new incoming students to submit Health Forms.  Please follow the New Student Required Health Forms Checklist. You are considered an undergraduate student at WPI.   Please be sure to read the "Submitting your health forms" section and "FAQ for New Student Health Forms" section. 
    Please note: you will not be able to enroll as a WPI student until this is complete. 
     
    *The State of Massachusetts requires immunization of all university students.  These vaccinations must be completed in order to enroll as a student at WPI.  If possible, it is in your best interest to get these before you arrive, however, Health Services can help you with anything missing once you arrive.  Please note: you may be charged out of pocket to receive these vaccinations at WPI.
    Failure to submit completed health forms in time may result in an out of pocket medical expenses. 
     
    This short video is an indispensable guide for any international students looking to study or travel to the USA. With tips before you travel, to a complete overview of how the healthcare system works - you can be prepared!  

    Accessing Health Services
    Students eligible for health services need only present their WPI identification card at WPI Health Services location. Remember to identify yourself as an WPI student currently eligible for the health services. If you are unclear about which services are covered and which are not, contact the student health clinic at 508-831-5520 during regular office hours before the service is performed. A detailed list of provided services may be found at www.wpi.edu/offices/health 

    It is your responsibility to review and understand your coverage. 

    WPI student health services will not pay for any emergency room or hospital visits. Any care received out of the WPI Clinic system is the responsibility of the student. 

    Health Related Phone Numbers 
    Health, Wellness and Prevention Services (508) 831-5520 
    Counseling and Psychological Services (508) 831-5540 
    WPI Police Department (509) 831-5433 
    MD on call (after hours and weekends) (508) 334-8830 
  • International Student Orientation & Semester Classes

    Fall 2020 orientation takes place the Wednesday - Saturday prior to the start of classes

    Spring 2021 orientation takes place the day prior to the start of classes

    The Office of International Students and Scholars facilitates an orientation that is mandatory and includes requirements for your visa. You can find the academic calendar here.  Please book your plane tickets so you can arrive in time for your mandatory orientation.  Prior to arriving to WPI, please make sure you have read the International Student Handbook.