Once you are accepted to study at UTSA as an exchange student, an admission packet will be shipped to your exchange coordinator at your home university. The admission packet will contain your Welcome Letter, Notice of Acceptance, and DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status). You and your exchange coordinator will be notified when you are accepted and the admission packet is sent.
Obtaining Your VisaYou will apply for a J-1 non-immigrant entry visa. Contact your corresponding US Embassy as early as possible to schedule an interview. Bring the required documentation to your visa interview as required by the US Embassy.
Upon arrival to the United States, you will need to show the following documents at your port of entry:
- Entry visa
- Original DS-2019 (no copies)
Health Insurance and ImmunizationsHealth Insurance
You are required to maintain comprehensive health insurance while enrolled at UTSA. Enrollment in the UTSA Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is automatic and is charged to your tuition account when you register for classes. See here for more information: http://international.utsa.edu/insurance/required-health-insurance-coverage1/. And see here for a list of frequently asked questions and answers on the plan: http://international.utsa.edu/insurance/frequently-asked-questions/.
While we encourage students to remain enrolled in SHIP, you may be eligible to waive the policy and its cost if you are able to show that you have found a comparable insurance plan. See here for the waiver requirements, process, deadlines and more: international.utsa.edu/insurance/health-insurance-waiver/?
Upon acceptance you will receive further information on immunizations that you must receive prior to your arrival at UTSA.
HousingUTSA does not reserve housing for students. You are responsible for arranging your own housing. There are a variety of on- and off-campus housing options for you to choose from.
There are several on-campus living facilities, including Alvarez Hall, Chaparral Village, Laurel Village, University Oaks, and Chisholm Hall. See here for more information: http://utsa.edu/housing/
You may choose to live off-campus. There are several apartment complexes and communities close to the UTSA campuses and accessible by shuttle, VIA city bus, or car. The UTSA Student Life website offers more information about off-campus housing options. See here for more information: https://www.utsa.edu/studentlife/offcampus-housing.html
FinancesThe costs for your time at UTSA will vary based on your housing and personal spending habits. The below offers an estimate for one semester at UTSA as of 2017:
Housing and meals (on-campus): $5,617
Housing and meals (off-campus): $4,779
Books (based on 5 classes): $1,500
Health Insurance: $979
Important notes on estimated costs:
- Some courses have additional required course fees. These are indicated in the course-specific information here: https://asap.utsa.edu/pls/prod/xwskschd.P_UTSA_OpenSch
- For health insurance, see the above Health Insurance and Immunizations section for more information.
Arriving to UTSA
Following your acceptance, you will receive instructions on arriving to San Antonio and to UTSA.
OrientationFollowing your acceptance, you will receive details on the required international student orientation. It takes place during the week before classes begin.
Page quick link: http://studyabroad.utsa.edu/?go=IncomingAccepted