Coming to America
After You Arrive
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.
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.
Once you have been nominated by your home university, please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Fall Semester Deadline: April 1st
Spring Semester Deadline: October 15th
If you need an extension, please inquire via email to email@example.com
Students arrive the weekend before classes start. Specific dates will be given in your Learning Content.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you need syllabi, please contact the Incoming Exchange Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Vista del Monte Apartments are furnished with a bed, mattress, table, chairs, and a couch.
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
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.
For Spring semester students, DS-2019s are mailed in early November. For Fall semester students, DS-2019s are mailed at the end of May.
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.
Please click here for information on the 2 Year Residency Requirement and exceptions from the US Department of State.
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.
Non-ISEP students should immediately notify the Office of Education Abroad at email@example.com
ISEP students should notify the Office of Education Abroad and the appropriate ISEP coordinator.
After You Arrive
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.
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.