Welcome International Exchange Students

Thank you for choosing to participate in the exchange partnership from your University to Nicholls State University.  We are dedicated to helping to make your stay here an enriching and  enjoyable experience.  We look  forward to welcoming you to Nicholls State University.

Please contact Office of International Student Services for any information you may need concerning  Nicholls State University.

marilyn.gonzalez@nicholls.edu
Phone: (985)449-7038
Fax:  (985)449-7139

DEADLINES FOR ADMISSION APPLICATION

Spring Semester:  November 1st

Fall Semester:   June 1st

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Undergraduate Exchange Student (one or two semesters)

Graduate Exchange Student (MBA program)

FALL 2020 ARRIVAL INFORMATION

  • International Student Orientation will be held on August 15, 2020. Housing will be available starting August 13, 2020
  • Classes begin, Monday, August 17, 2020
  • Final Exams end December 09, 2020
  • 4 p.m. August 13, 2020 is the deadline to pay the semester housing and meal costs.  Late fees will be charged after that date and time.  For more information about paying tuition and fees, please visit https://www.nicholls.edu/international/tuition-fee-payment/

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Any additional information regarding upcoming academic events can be found in the Academic Calendar.

*NOTE*

Submit Housing request through Housing Portal (Once the online application is processed you will be sent login information so that you can complete the information required to apply for Housing).

When your application is processed and required documents received and reviewed the Office of International Student Services will issue a DS-2019 form to be used to obtain a J-1 visa.  Your acceptance packet will include your DS-2019 immigration document, letter of acceptance and other relevant information.

Apply early for housing. Early applicants have a better chance of being assigned to the housing they request.   For more information visit:  Housing and Residence Life

 


 

Undergraduate Exchange Students

Congratulations on being selected to study at Nicholls State University!

The exchange coordinator at your home institution must send the following information to marilyn.gonzalez@nicholls.edu.

– Student Name
– Date of Birth
– E-mail address
– Gender

How to Apply

Complete online application at www.nicholls.edu/apply  and follow this process:

  • Click ‘First time user account creation’
  • Create your login ID and PIN.
  • Select your application type of ‘International/Exchange Undergraduate’
  • Complete the application for admission.  This application must be completed and submitted for the application to be processed.
  • Arrange for the following:

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of English Fluency – Official TOEFL scores sent directly from ETS (Nicholls School Code:6221); or official IELTS scores; or other proof of English fluency as noted in partnership agreement.
  • Affidavit of Support form for (one semester exchange)
  • Financial Statement from Bank verifying information provided on the affidavit
  • Copy of passport

These documents are to be sent to:

Nicholls State University – Office of Admissions
906 East 1st Street – Otto Candies Hall
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Phone: (985)448-4507

Deadlines for admission application

Deadline for Spring Semester:  November 1st

Deadline for Fall Semester:   June 1st

Housing

Submit Housing request through Housing Portal (Once the online application is processed you will be sent login information so that you can complete the information required to apply for Housing).

When your application is processed and required documents received and reviewed the Office of International Student Services will issue a DS-2019 form to be used to obtain a J-1 visa.  Your acceptance packet will include your DS-2019 immigration document, letter of acceptance and other relevant information.

Course Selection

You will find Semester Registration Information at the following link: https://www.nicholls.edu/register/ Choose the Schedule of Classes  for the semester that you will study at Nicholls. Please select a minimum of 5 courses / 15 credit hours. Your desired schedule of classes is to be sent to the academic adviser in your chosen department  or to marilyn.gonzalez@nicholls.edu 

Visa Procedures

Click here to be familiar with the Visa procedures to enter the United States and carry out the necessary steps to obtain your Visa.

Medical Insurance Requirements

Exchange Visitors in J1 status in the United States  must carry medical  insurance for the full duration of their academic program.  Please read below to view the insurance requirements and a suggested list of insurance companies.

 


 

Graduate Exchange Students

Thank you for choosing Nicholls State University to pursue your graduate studies!

The exchange coordinator at your home institution must send the following information to marilyn.gonzalez@nicholls.edu.

– Student Name
– Date of Birth
– E-mail address
– Gender

How to Apply

International exchange students pursuing a graduate degree at Nicholls will apply using the following process:

  • Go to www.nicholls.edu/apply
  • Click ‘First time user account creation’
  • Create your login ID and PIN.
  • Select your application type of ‘International Exchange Graduate’
  • Complete the application for admission.  This application must be FULLY completed and submitted for the application to be processed.
  • Arrange for the following:

Additional Requirements

  • Official TOEFL scores sent directly from ETS (Nicholls School Code:6221)
  • Official GMAT scores sent directly from the testing service
  • An official transcript of all University courses taken after secondary school
  • Affidavit of Support form
  • Financial Statement from Bank verifying information provided on the affidavit
  • Copy of passport

These documents are to be sent to:

Nicholls State University – Office of Admissions
906 East 1st Street – Otto Candies Hall
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Phone: (985)448-4507

Deadlines for admission application

Deadline for Spring Semester:  October 15th

Deadline for Fall Semester:   May 15th

Housing

Submit Housing request through Housing Portal (Once the online application is processed you will be sent login information so that you can complete the information required to apply for Housing).

Once your application is processed and required documents received and reviews we will issue a  DS-2019 form to be used to obtain a J-1 visa. Your acceptance packet will include your DS-2019 immigration document, letter of acceptance and other relevant information.

Assistantship

For Graduate Assistantship application, go to www.nicholls.edu/mba/assistantship

If you desire an Assistantship, please mail your completed application as soon as possible after you have e-mailed the Application for Graduate Studies.  Do not wait for receipt of your admission into the MBA program.   There are more applicants than assistantships available, so early application is essential.

Course Selection

You will find Semester Registration Information at the following link: https://www.nicholls.edu/register/ Choose the Schedule of Classes for the semester that you will study at Nicholls. Please select a minimum of 3 courses / 9 credit hours. Your desired schedule of classes is to be sent to Marilyn Gonzalez by email at  marilyn.gonzalez@nicholls.edu , or by Fax: 985-449-7139

Visa Procedures

Read below to be familiar with the Visa procedures to enter the United States and carry out the necessary steps to obtain your Visa.


 

J-1 Exchange Visitor Medical Insurance Requirement

As an Exchange Visitor in J1 status in the United States you must carry health insurance for the full duration your program. Government regulations stipulate if you willfully fail to carry health insurance which meets the minimum federal requirements for yourself and your dependents, your J-1 sponsor must terminate your program and report the termination to the United States Department (DOS) in Washington. If you fail to carry the required health insurance, you will be considered to be “out of status” and ineligible for extension of stay, employment, or change to another status. The Office of International Student Services at Nicholls State University does not have the authority to waive the health insurance requirements for any Exchange Visitor.

The insurance policy you carry must meet or exceed certain minimum requirements.   Effective May 15, 2015, the minimum requirements have been updated and are outlined below.

MINIMUM HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS                                                                

Deductible amounts. Most insurance policies require you to pay part of your health expenses yourself (your part is called the deductible), before the company pays anything.

  • The J regulations limit the deductible to $500 per accident or illness.

Co-insurance. Even after you have paid the deductible, an insurance policy usually pays only a percentage of your medical expenses. The policy might pay 80%, for example, and the remaining 20%, which you would have to pay is called the co-insurance. Thus, if you were injured and incurred $3,000 in medical expenses, a policy with a $400 deductible and 20% co-insurance would cover $2,080 (80% of 2,600).

  • The J regulations limit the co-insurance (the amount the exchange visitor pays) to a maximum of 25% of the covered medical expenses.

Lifetime/per-occurrence maximums. Many insurance policies limit the amount they will pay for any single individual’s medical bill for any specific illness or injury.

  • Exchange visitors must have insurance with a maximum no lower than $100,000 for each specific illness or injury.

Repatriation coverage. If you should die in the United States, the policy must provide coverage to send your remains to your home country for burial. This is also known as “repatriation”

  • The J regulations require a minimum repatriation coverage of $25,000.

Medical Evacuation Coverage.  This can occur when it is  medically necessary to send you home because of a serious illness or injury.

  • The J regulations require minimum medical evacuation coverage of $50,000.

In addition, insurance companies providing health insurance to exchange visitors must have a U.S. based claims office.

MEDICAL INSURANCE  COMPANIES

*NOTE* Neither Nicholls State University nor the Office of International Students endorse any particular insurance company.  This is a list of possible resources. Feel free to investigate these and other insurance companies to make sure that they meet the DOS requirements and to find a plan that suits your individual needs.

ISO Student Health Insurance
www.isoa.org
1-800-244-1180

International Student Secure
info@internationalStudentInsurance.com
www.InternationalStudentInsurance.com
1-888-247-1387

CISI (Cultural Ins. Services International)
www.culturalinsurance.com

Insurance for Students (IFS)
www.insuranceforstudents.com
1-800-356-1235

LewerMark Medical Insurance Plan
www.lewermark.com
1-800-821-7710

Gateway
www.InternationalPlans.com
1-800-282-4495

T.W. Lord and Associates
info@twlord.com
www.twlord.com
1-800-633-2360