Information for International Exchange Students

Application

If your home university has an exchange agreement with the University of Mary Washington, you should consult your university coordinator before applying as an exchange student. To apply, please complete the International Exchange Student Application.

NOTE:  Students who wish to apply as a “fee-paying student” should contact International Student and Scholars (ISS – iss@umw.edu) for further information.

Arrival Information

The University of Mary Washington is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 50 miles south of Washington D.C..  Visitors may use Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) or Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD). Each airport is roughly 60 miles north of Fredericksburg.  Students are responsible for making their own way from the airport to the campus. A shuttle service from both airports to the University of Mary Washington is available for approximately $110 dollars.  Please contact iss@umw.edu to request a reservation.

International Student Orientation and Arrival

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation.  The orientation is designed to ease the transition to studying and living in the United States, and provides an opportunity to review immigration, academic, financial, and personal matters. The orientation also includes a tour of Fredericksburg and a shopping trip to pick up additional items you may need during your stay.  Visit the International Student Orientation page for arrival information.

International Student Orientation continues during UMW Orientation for New Students which covers more information to prepare you for the semester and includes a range of social activities. All incoming students are strongly encouraged to participate in the UMW Welcome Week activities for all new students for the remainder of the week before classes begin.

Health and Safety

All international exchange students are required to show proof of health insurance or purchase a policy through the University of Mary Washington. For rates, please contact iss@umw.edu.

All incoming international exchange students are required to submit a Health History & Immunization form. You may download the form here. This form must be submitted to the Student Health Center prior to your arrival, or you will not be able to register for courses or access your residence hall. All students will have visiting privileges at the Student Health Center.

Academics

International undergraduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours in order to maintain visa status. Students typically enroll in 12-15 credit hours per semester. Credit hours represent the number of hours you are expected to be in the classroom. In addition, students are expected to spend considerable time outside of the classroom to keep up with assignments and study for exams.

Course Catalog

To learn about courses and degrees offered at the University of Mary Washington,  consult the course catalog.

Housing Information

All incoming exchange students must complete and submit a Housing & Dining contract to Residence Life. The contract will be e-mailed to you.

  • International exchange students have designated move-in dates indicated in your welcome letter.
  • Room assignments are made on a space-available basis.
  • For information about room amenities, check out the Res-Life Welcome and UMW-at-a-Glance
  • You may request to have bed linens purchased prior to your arrival for approximately $30 dollars. We highly recommend this option, as no bed linens are provided for you. We will take you shopping the day after your arrival to purchase additional items you may need for your room.

Dining Information

For information about the meal plan in your dining contract, click here.

Additional Resources

Interactive Campus Map

Fitness Center

Student Clubs and Organizations

Volunteer Opportunities

Fredericksburg Visitors Information