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
Any lower than that will require ESL courses through our Center for English Language Programs.
Once you have been nominated by your home university, please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials are here: [link]
Fall Semester Deadline: April 1st
Spring Semester Deadline: October 1st
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 Acceptance Packet.
Please fly into the El Paso International Airport. Students who arrive on the dates specified in the Acceptance Packet are eligible for shuttle pickup ($35 fee applies).
Course listings for your semester are not available before the application deadline. The exchange advisor will email you when the next semester’s course selection becomes available. However, you can see past course catalogs here.
Details on registration are included in your Acceptance Packet. If you are unable to register for a course on your own, please contact Kari Rankin at firstname.lastname@example.org with the CRN, Course Section and Course Code (i.e. ENG111 M01)
The deadline to add a class is generally the first week of class. To add a class in the first week, log on to your myNMSU and register for the course. After the deadline to add without instructor’s permission, you must visit the professor of the class you wish to join, and ask if they will allow you. They will then give you an Add/Drop Slip. All of the deadlines will be given in your Arrival Packet.
Dropping a course means you will not be charged for it, and it will not appear on your transcripts. After the drop deadline, there is a period where you may withdraw from a course. Withdrawing from a course means it will appear on your transcript with a grade of W, and you will be charged for the class. Withdrawing from courses is highly discouraged.
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 acceptance packet.
Exchange students may take courses from any college as they see fit. However, they must have met the pre-requisite requirements. Please note that certain CMI and Business courses may be restricted.
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. Exchange student can sign up to receive a Care Package, which includes (but is not limited to): sheets and bedding, a pillow, a minimum of one pot/pan, one plate, one bowl, one fork, one spoon, one knife, 8 coat hangers.
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.
You will receive your DS-2019 after your NMSU application is accepted. You will complete your NMSU application after your Exchange Student Nomination has been accepted and you receive your Acceptance Letter and Acceptance Packet.
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.
The Office of Education Abroad has an agreement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car that waives some requirements and fees. To use this agreement, visit this page: [LINK]