Application Procedure

Thank you for your interest in participating as an international exchange student at the University of New Orleans (UNO). On this page, we will walk you through the application and admission process. 

Get Started



Apply through your home university to be an exchange student.

Contact the student exchange office at your own university to verify that your university is a UNO exchange partner institution. In order to be eligible, you must be in good standing at your home institution, have the required English language proficiency (see below), and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to a 2.25 as calculated by the UNO Office of International Admissions. Once you apply, they will nominate you to study with us and then you can proceed with the following steps.

Fill out the Study Abroad & International Student Exchange Application.

Note: this is separate from the Admission Application, which you will fill out in a later step.

Once you have entered the Year and Session, select the Program titled "ISEP International Incoming Student Exchange Programs." Then proceed as directed until you have submitted the form. You will need the confirmation ID from this application in order to proceed to the next step. Click here to fill out the application.

Upload your photo and copy of your passport.

Using your same email address and the Application ID which you received in step 2, follow the instructions to upload the required files. Your digital photo should resemble a typical ID-style (or passport-style) photograph of yourself. You may use any camera you prefer. Click here to upload your photo and copy of your passport.

Read ISEP instructions, then apply for admission to UNO.

Read ISEP instructions, then apply for admission to UNO. This is the general online application form for all potential students at UNO (domestic and international). Carefully read the specific ISEP instructions and requirements, which are found in the PDF file here

Provide the required documents for incoming students.

Follow the instructions provided on our web site to complete each of the required forms.

After You Have Been Accepted



Obtain a student visa.

Once you have been admitted to UNO, we will send your local program coordinator your official letter of admission and form DS-2019, which you will need to apply for your student visa. The type of visa you will have is J1: Exchange visitor (college/university student).Click here to obtain a visa.

Choose your housing.

Students may choose where they would prefer to live. Please our visit Housing web page for more information.

Log in and sign up.

Once admitted, you will receive an email from the Office of Information Technology (IT) with instructions about how to set up your new email account and access to UNO systems (Webstar, Moodle, campus wifi, etc.). If you have not received your account information, contact the Help Desk at or call +1 504 280-4357 (HELP). Login info.

Complete your immunization requirements.

Submit either the compliance form or the online waiver (UNO login required) to Student Health Services. Learn more about immunization compliance.

Register for classes.

Once you have your UNO login information, and during the appropriate enrollment periods, you will be able to start trying to enroll in classes by searching the desired semester's course bulletin. Be sure you have read ISEP page describing the academic system at UNO, and that you are in touch with the ISEP office regarding your preferred courses and any challenges you may face. 

Pay your fees.

After registering for classes, Webstar will post fees applicable to your status as a traditional exchange student or a "Free Mover." Traditional exchange students are charged for such mandatory fees as the International Student Fee, the Health Insurance fee, and any special fees associated with housing and/or classes that have fees associated with them. "Free Movers" pay those fees, plus in-state tuition and fees.

All students must pay their UNO fees before the payment deadlines in order to avoid schedules being erased and additional charges being assessed. Click here for more information.

Pay attention to important dates.

It is important that you are aware of all important dates at UNO. Most can be found on the UNO Registrar's Web Page. There is also an event calendar that is helpful.

Planning For Arrival



Plan your dates.

As soon as you have your visa, start planning your arrival and departure. Be sure to pay close attention to the UNO academic calendar, as well as the orientation date for new international students (which you are required to attend). Also, you should make sure not to schedule to return to your home country until after you are finished with your final exams. You should also consider any official move-in and move-out dates of your housing facility. If you need to move in or move out before or after these dates, ask the facility about their policy regarding special arrangements.

Send in your Arrival Notification Form.

Once you have booked your travel, remember to send us your Arrival Notification Form at least 2 weeks in advance so we can arrange for a volunteer to meet you at the airport.

Stay In Touch.

Be sure to stay in touch with the ISEP office, and start researching other aspects of UNO that may help make your stay even more enjoyable. 

You may find that the Current Students page on the UNO web site has helpful links for you.

If you use Social Media, connect to UNO's various Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for different offices on campus. Look for the #unoproud hashtag and get connected!

Important Dates

Application Deadlines:
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1

Arrival Date
Jan. 11, 2019

Mandatory orientation
Jan. 11, 2019

Regular classes start
Jan 16, 2019

MLK Holiday
Jan. 21, 2019

Spring Break
March. 2-8, 2019

Good Friday Holiday
Apr. 19, 2019

Finals End
May. 16, 2019