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Applying to an ESF Exchange Program

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Contact Information

  • Munich University of Applied Sciences: Klaus Doelle
  • All other inquiries contact the Office of International Education: 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate student enrolled at an institution that has an exchange agreement with SUNY ESF
  • Meet the language proficiency requirement
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Submit application by deadline

Application Deadlines

  • Study in the Fall Semester: June 1
  • Study in the Spring Semester: October 1

Here is a link to ESF Academic Calendar. Orientation for international students will occur one week prior to the start of classes.

Application Checklist

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Completed General Application Form
  • Study Statement
  • Academic Reference #1
  • Academic Reference #2
  • Official Foreign Language Proficiency Test Scores
  • Official Transcript(s) from all colleges / universities attended
  • Passport copy

Application Process

  • Complete ESF Exchange Program Application online
  • Please submit your reference’s email address on your application and a form will be sent them to complete the reference on your behalf.
  • Gather all required support documentation.
    • Submit an official English language proficiency score report (e.g., TOEFL)
    • Submit an official academic transcript (in English) from all colleges attended.
    • Submit a copy of your passport picture/biographical information page.
  • Submit completed application with all supporting documents in one packet to the ESF OIE via email (attach pdfs) or standard mail.

After Applying

Once completed, the Faculty Coordinator of the Exchange will review your application and notify you of any decisions. Upon acceptance, you will then be required to submit proof of funding for the duration of your program. Exchange students are not required to pay tuition or fees to ESF - proof of funding only needs to show funding for the other expenses. The Office of International Education will require this information to issue an I-20.

Full-Time Enrollment Status

In order to maintain valid F-1 (non-degree) student status, international students are required to pursue a full course of study during all required academic semesters (Fall and Spring) unless approved under a specific exception, in advance, by OIE. Enrollment records are reviewed each semester and the SEVIS record of students enrolled in fewer than a full-time course load (12 credits or more) or authorized equivalent are terminated. 

Completion of ESF Exchange Program

  • Students in F-1 status will have 60 days to depart the U.S. upon completion of their exchange program starting from the program end date indicated on their I-20. During this grace period, students are not eligible for employment or to travel outside the US and re-enter unless they obtain a new visa status that would permit re-entry (e.g., H-1B temporary work visa; B tourist visa).

Transfer Policy

  • Exchange programs are intended to facilitate the international exchange of students, as such, program credits cannot be applied to an ESF degree; they are only eligible for transfer to the home institution.
  • If an exchange student decides to transfer to ESF at the same degree-level, s/he will be required to retroactively pay the tuition differential for credits obtained under the exchange.