FAQs

General

Who can apply?

What are the applicant requirements?

How do I apply?

What are the application deadlines?

When do I arrive?

How do I get to Las Cruces?

 

Academics

Where can I see the courses for my semester?

How do I register?

What if I want to drop/add a class?

How many classes do I need to take?

What can I study/what classes can I take?

Where can I get syllabi?

 

 

Benefits

Where will I be living?

What is provided in my housing?

Where will I eat?

 

 

Coming to America

What is the DS-2019?

When will I receive my DS-2019?

How do I apply for my visa?

What is the 2 Year Home Country Residence Requirement?

How long can I stay on my visa? May I arrive early or leave late?

What do I do if I lose my DS-2019?

 

 

After You Arrive

Can I apply for a job? Where?

How do I get a Social Security Number?

How do I get a driver’s license?

 

 

 

General

Who can apply?

International undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply, as long as their home university is in some way partnered with NMSU. Please see your home institute’s study abroad coordinator for more information.

 

What are the applicant requirements?

We ask that students have the following scores for admission to NMSU as an exchange student:

Undergraduates:  iBT: 68, IELTS: 6, TOEFL:  610
Grad:  iBT:  79, IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 700

For students that do not meet our minimum scores, NMSU does offer intensive English via the Center for English Language Programs.  This is a stand-alone program and cannot be taken in lieu of an exchange semester.  All CELP costs are the responsibility of the students.  For more information, please visit CELP.

 

How do I apply?

Once you have been nominated by your home university, please email your application to globalvl@nmsu.edu. You will need to submit:

  • Exchange Student Nomination Form (found in online portal),
  • Current transcripts translated into English
  • TOEFL score
  • A financial document showing proof of $5000 per semester.

 

What are the application deadlines?

Fall Semester Deadline: April 1st

Spring Semester Deadline: October 15th

If you need an extension, please inquire via email to globalvl@nmsu.edu

 

When do I arrive?

Students arrive the weekend before classes start. Specific dates will be given in your Learning Content.

 

How do I get to Las Cruces?

Please fly into the El Paso International Airport. Students who arrive on the dates specified in the Acceptance Packet are eligible for shuttle pickup ($50 fee applies).

 

Academics

Where can I see the courses for my semester?

Courses for the following semester will be available at the end of October for Spring Semester and the end of March for Fall Semester. The exchange advisor will email you when the next semester’s course selection becomes available. However, you can see past course catalogs here.

 

How do I register?

Within the online portal, you will complete a course registration form, after the course list has been released.  See above for dates.  Read the Learning Content on Course Registration.

 

What if I want to drop/add a class?

Students are able to add classes until the Friday of the 2nd week of classes.  Students are able to drop a course with no penalty (W) until the Friday of the 3rd week of class.  Students are able to drop a class with a “W” on their transcripts through the 9th week of class.  After that, students will not be permitted to drop a course.  Students must maintain full time status of 12 credits for undergraduates and 9 credits for graduate students at all times.  All changes are encouraged within the first 3 weeks of school.

 

How many classes do I need to take?

Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in order to legally keep their visa. Undergraduate students may take up to 18 credit hours, but may not take 14 credit hours. Graduate students must take 9 or 12 credit hours. Further details will be given in your Learning Content.

 

What can I study/what classes can I take?

Exchange students may take courses from any college as they see fit. However, they must have met the pre-requisite requirements. The Nursing & CMI programs are restricted for exchange students.

 

Where can I get syllabi?

If you need syllabi, please contact the Incoming Exchange Advisor at globalvl@nmsu.edu

Benefits

Where will I be living?

Exchange students are encouraged to live in the Vista del Monte Apartments, (sometimes called the Global Village). These apartments have a shared bathroom, living room and kitchen, with private single rooms. ISEP, UPO and KGU students must live in Vista del Monte.

 

What is provided in my housing?

Vista del Monte Apartments are furnished with a bed, mattress, table, chairs, and a couch. 

 

Where will I eat?

Students who purchase a meal plan will be eligible to eat at the Taos Restaurant Dining Hall. This is the all-you-can-eat cafeteria on campus. Students may also use Dining Dollars, included in meal plans, for other restaurants on campus. For more information, check out Dining Services.

Students may also choose to forgo a meal plan and cook for themselves in their apartment. You can pay for individual entries to Taos, and you may eat at any of the other on campus restaurants.

 

Coming to America

What is the DS-2019?

The DS-2019 is the document you need before you go for your visa interview at the US Consulate. When you arrive in America, your DS-2019 becomes your visa. You must have it with you at all times while traveling within the United States. Your visa gives you permission to enter the United States. Your DS-2019 gives you permission to be in the United States.

 

When will I receive my DS-2019?

For Spring semester students, DS-2019s are mailed in early November. For Fall semester students, DS-2019s are mailed at the end of May.

 

How do I apply for my visa?

After receiving your Ds-2019, please make an appointment with your local US Embassy for a J-1 Student Visa Interview. Bring your DS-2019. More details including how to pay the SEVIS fee will be included in your DS-2019. You may also visit the US Immigration and Customs Student Page for more information.

 

What is the 2 Year Home Country Residence Requirement?

 Please click here for information on the 2 Year Residency Requirement and exceptions from the US Department of State.

 

How long can I stay on my visa? May I arrive early or leave late?

You can be in the United States up to 30 days before the official start of your DS-2019. You may stay up to 30 days after the last official day on your DS-2019.

 

What do I do if I lose my DS-2019?

Non-ISEP students should immediately notify the Office of Education Abroad at globalvl@nmsu.edu

ISEP students should notify the Office of Education Abroad and the appropriate ISEP coordinator.

 

After You Arrive

Can I apply for a job? Where?

You may apply for a part time, on-campus job (20 hours a week or less). To look for jobs, talk to professors in your department, or login with your myNMSU here to look at available jobs.

 

How do I get a Social Security Number?

In order to be paid for a part-time job, you will need to apply for a Social Security Number, or SSN. However, you may not apply for one until you have secured employment. Once you have a job, please get a letter from your employer stating which office you’ll be working for, what your name is, and how many hours a week you will work. The Office of Education Abroad will then produce the appropriate memo for you to bring to the Social Security Office.

 

How do I get a driver’s license?

Please see the linked instructions.