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Outgoing Exchange Students

The purpose of the exchange program is to allow our students to study at a partner university without being required to pay international student fees.


Step 1: 

  • In order to be eligible for the Student Exchange Program, you must:
  • be enrolled as a full-time student
  • have completed four semesters (2 academic years) at EMU
  • must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (preferably higher as this program is very competitive)
  • All students must maintain this minimum average until their departure; otherwise their exchange abroad will be cancelled.
  • Be returning to EMU for at least one semester following the exchange term
  • Pay tuition and fees for the entire exchange period to EMU before leaving for the host institution
  • (As some host institutions may require a proof of language proficiency in English as a Second Language) obtain TOEFL or IELTS scores. This should be provided only once you have been accepted to the exchange program.    

Step 2: Research where to study

The complete list of partner institutions can be found from the International Office. Check to see whether the partner has the department you intend to study.

Step 3: Preparing your application

We highly recommend that you follow the deadlines of the host institutions. Obtain all the required documents at least two weeks before the deadline in order to complete your application and avoid any delays!

  • Read the rules and regulations of the exchange program on the exchange application form
  • Obtain faculty approval
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, fill out EMU Exchange Application Form with your academic advisor.
  • Select desired courses
  • Select the courses you would like to take at the exchange partner university. Fill out the course selection form and submit it to your academic advisor/chair for approval and signature.
  • You are responsible for finding out which courses are offered at the host institution.
  • Your passport must be valid at least for another one year.
  • You need to have a bank statement of $ 6000-12000 under your name or your guardian's name officially approved by the bank.
  • Submit your application form, course selection form, proposal/motivation letter and passport copy to the International Office.
  • You will be contacted to complete rest of the procedure to be an exchange student if you are selected.

Step 4: Letter of Acceptance

  • Your Letter of Acceptance from your host university must be submitted to the International Office (IO):
  • If sent directly to you, make photocopies and keep the original safe; losing your letter of acceptance can cause significant delays.
  • Please submit the letter to the IO immediately so that we may keep a copy. We will give the original back to you (to apply for the visa/permit, etc.). We will then forward a copy to the Registrar's for their files. 
  • If your host university sends it directly to the IO we will inform you so that you may pick it up at our office.
  • An information kit from the host institution may arrive with your letter of acceptance! Read all the information it contains carefully. Respect deadlines (housing deposit, course selection, etc...)

Step 5: Visa

Check to see the visa requirements of the country you intend to go to. Start your visa process as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the host institution.

  • Contact your host country's diplomatic mission (consulate, high commission or embassy)
  • The visa process can take a long time to get issued.
  • Be prepared to pay for your visa.

Step 6:  Registration

  • Student Exchange program participants are registered at EMU; they maintain their full-time status and continue to pay fees to EMU, not the host institution.
  • As soon as you are registered, forward your final course registration to the International Office by e-mail)
  • You must also send your complete address in the host country to the International Office at EMU.
  • Participants must budget for a number of expenses including the following:
    • accommodation and living expenses abroad
    • travel expenses (return airfare and transportation within host institution)
    • passport and visa costs
    • medical insurance
    • school supplies and books
    • administrative fee charged by the host institution
    • any other incidental costs
    • students are responsible for all living expenses during the exchange.

Step 7: Upon your return to Cyprus:

An official transcript from your host institution needs to be sent to you or to EMU International Office. If you receive the documents, you must submit one copy to the International Office for administrative purposes.