How to Apply (J-1 Exchange Students)

Students from partner institutions with a bilateral exchange agreement may apply to the University of Memphis (UofM) Exchange Program. Please contact your study abroad advisor or home institution coordinator before beginning the application process. To see if your institution is an official partner of the University of Memphis please see the list of partner institutions.

Application Process

Students applying to the University of Memphis as an incoming J-1 exchange student must complete the following steps:

  1. Home institution coordinator submits a nomination to the following email: studyabroad@memphis.edu
  2. After the nomination from your home institution has been approved, visit Study Abroad Programs and select "apply now" to create a user account and begin your online application.

Please review the following document for how to create a user account: How to Create a User Account

3) After creating a user account, J-1 exchange student users must go to the J-1 exchange student log-in page to log-in to access your online application.

Please review the following document for how to complete the online application process: Online Application Guide

Initialize Your "My Memphis" Student Account

After you have been accepted at the University of Memphis (UofM) as a J-1 exchange student (non-degree seeking), you first receive an email from the UofM study abroad office (tigersabroad@memphis.edu) notifying your application status. You will later be notified of your admission status by standard mail and email by the UofM admissions office.

Your notification will include a 20-digit student account activation code. You will need that code to initialize your My Memphis student account and grant access to your student email account. Instructions are provided in the admission packet. To maintain the best contact with the University, we recommend you activate your account as soon as possible. That address is where "official" University communication will be sent. You will also search and register for classes on your myMemphis.

For information on how to register for classes please visit Study Abroad How to Register for Classes.

Intensive English for Internationals (IEI)

The Intensive English for Internationals (IEI) program, through the Center for International Programs and Services at the University of Memphis, offers comprehensive study of the English language to students from around the world. J-1 (exchange) students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL score may spend their first semester in the IEI program. Students who successfully complete the IEI program can then take regular courses the second semester.