Visiting Students - Undergraduate

There are opportunities at IUPUI to take courses outside of a degree program as a visiting student at the undergraduate level of study.

Status as any type of visiting student does not imply or guarantee future enrollment at IUPUI beyond the approved term(s).

What type of visiting student are you? 

Transient Student: You attend a U.S. university and will remain enrolled there or plan to return to your home institution after taking course(s) during a summer term at IUPUI. If you are on an Fl or J1 visa, you will not need to provide financial documentation for immigration documents.

Special Student: You want to take a few classes at IUPUI for personal or professional growth, but not to earn a degree. You will need to fulfill all the requirements for regular admission to IUPUI.  If you are currently on B1 or B2 visa, then you must submit the B Study Restrictions form with your application to certify you understand the limitations to enrollment.

Visiting/Exchange Program Students:  You are participating in an official IUPUI visiting student/exchange program based on special program arrangements between your home institution and IUPUI. You will need to follow the admission processes stipulated by the agreement that governs enrollment at IUPUI.  First check with your exchange or program advisor at your home institution for guidance on the application process, requirements, and deadlines. 

Tuition and fees

As a visiting student you will pay full undergraduate tuition rates. Visiting students are not eligibile for IUPUI international merit scholarships. 


Please apply as early as possible. Late applications will be accepted, but we cannot guarantee a decision before the start of the semester.

Application Process

  • Step 1: Review Restrictions and Eligibility

    • In general, visiting study cannot be used to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 immigration document. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact before submitting an application.
    • F-1 visa holders currently using OPT are advised to be cautious about taking non-degree classes. For further advice, please speak with your International Student Advisor.
    • B-1 or B-2 visa holders should consider only short-term, recreational courses. The visa regulations prohibit enrollment in a course of study.
  • Step 2: Submit the Online Application

    Visiting students must apply using the Apply IU Application. You must submit the nonrefundable $65 application fee to complete your application. 

    On the Academic Goals section of the application, under "Purpose for Attending Indiana University" choose "I want to take classes as a visiting student without working toward a degree" then under IUPUI (Indianapolis) select "Other - Pre-Req Courses for Other Programs, Personal Enrichment, etc."


    If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to email us at

  • Step 3: Submit Your Supporting Documents in Atlas

     You will submit your supporting documents electronically through Atlas, our online portal for international students. Within five business days of submitting the online application, you will receive an email from with instructions. 

    You can also log into Atlas to see your next steps and see which documents have been reviewed and accepted. Our international admissions team will contact you if there are any questions about your documents.

  • Step 4: Receive a Decision

    After you submit your academic records and we have determined that you have been academically admitted at IUPUI, we will notify you via a letter. You will be able to access the letter about your admission status in Atlas.

    Also, be sure to check your email on a regular basis. We will email you if we need any additional documentation or if we have any other instructions for you.

After You Apply

After you submit your application and all of your materials, the waiting period until you hear if you have been admitted is usually four to six weeks.