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Application Process

Applications and all supporting document must be submitted by the following dates.

  • April 1: Fall Semester (August)

  • October 1: Spring Semester (January)


The exchange advisor at your home university must nominate you to attend UNM before you submit an application. Please contact your home university's international office for details of how to obtain a nomination.


Completed on-line application form which includes the following documents:

    1. Copy of the biographical page of your passport

    2. Academic records: Originals or certified copies of official documents plus English translation. Your official transcript must demonstrate strong academic preparation, generally indicated by a U.S. equivalent grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least two semesters of full-time study completed at the time of application.

    3. Proof of financial capability: All applicants for the exchange program are required to submit documentation verifying adequate funding to meet study and living expenses while in the United States. The amount of money you will be required to demonstrate is:

      • For either fall or spring semester: $5,625

      • For one academic year (August to May): $12,500

      • For one calendar year (January to December): $15,000

      • For summer session: $3,750

Any amounts denominated in a foreign currency will be evaluated at the prevailing market rate on the date the application is received.

Please review the following table to determine acceptable documents for proving adequate funding or financial capability:

Source of Funds Required Verification
Personal and Family SavingsBank statement or letter from a bank verifying liquid assets/cash. Please note that investment portfolios, credit card monthly reports, mortgage appraisals, and similar statements are not acceptable. In addition, please note that if you will be using your parents or a sponsor bank statement you will need to provide an additional letter signed by the owner of the account, where she or he indicates that they will support you during you studies at UNM.
ScholarshipOfficial scholarship award letter from the institution awarding the scholarship. The letter must contain (1) Name of the applicant, (2) Amount of money available for each semester or academic year of study and, (3) Duration of the award.
GovernmentOfficial letter indicating amount of support and containing the same information as described above for scholarship.
LoansOfficial letter from a credit institution indicating approval of the loan and the amount approved
      • Evidence of English language proficiency:  If English is not your first language, you must submit official results from an English test you have taken within the past two years. The tests we accept, and the minimum scores we require on each, are:

        • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – 68 on the Computer-Based Test or 520 on the Paper-Based Test

        • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 6.0

        • Cambridge English Language Assessment Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – C

NOTE: You are exempt from submitting English test scores if you meet one or both of the following conditions:

        • You received a high school diploma from an accredited, English-speaking institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

        • You have attended a university where English is the medium of instruction for at least one year of full-time study at the time of your application.

    • Health Insurance: You are required to show health insurance as an exchange student at UNM. Satisfying this requirement (by enrolling in the UNM group plan or applying for a waiver with evidence of comparable coverage) will take place after your arrival at UNM during our orientation week. You do not need to purchase insurance during the application phase. For requirements, please click here.

    • Immigration Processing Fee: A processing fee of $275, payable by credit card after your arrival, will be assessed to your UNM Bursar's Account when you accept the offer of admission to UNM.

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