Returning Students

Follow these steps to apply to IUPUI as a returning international student

Welcome back to IUPUI! Whether you have been away for one year or twenty, you always have a home at IUPUI. We want to help you accomplish your educational goals.

Away for Less than One Year 

If you have been out less than two semesters (with the exception of summer terms), you do not need to apply through our office but should instead contact your academic advisor for reactivation. 

Away for more than One Year

Apply as a returning student if you previously attended IUPUI and now wish to come back and complete your degree. Make sure to check our deadlines before you start the application process.

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Application Process

  • Step 1: Submit the Online Application

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


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

  • Step 2: Submit Your Supporting Documents in Atlas

    You are required to submit some supporting documents. They include your academic records, proof of English proficiency, immigration documentation, financial documentation, and our Financial Support Agreement. You must submit all of the required documents by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.

    Within five business days of submitting the online application, you will receive an email from that has instructions about how to submit your documents. You will submit them electronically through Atlas, our online portal for international students. You will have to supply the original documents before you enroll.

    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 3: Receive Your Academically Eligible Letter or Decision Letter, Submit Final Documents, and Check Your Email

    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.

    If your government requires academic admission before you can get your other required documents (such as your financial documentation), you can use your Academically Eligible Letter to get those documents.

    If you have not submitted your financial documentation, Financial Support Agreement, and proof of English proficiency, you should submit them now.

    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.

  • Step 4: Submit Your SEVIS Transfer form (U.S. Transfers Only)

    If you are currently on a student visa (F1) studying at a college or university in the U.S., then you will also need to transfer your SEVIS record to IUPUI.

    Log onto Atlas and follow instructions for filling out and submitting the SEVIS Transfer Request Form.

International applications from students who will require F1 or J1 visas are welcome for two terms of entry, Fall Semester (August) and Spring Semester (January). Due to fewer courses being offered in the summer and immigration requirements requiring full-time enrollment, we cannot accommodate admission for Summer terms of entry, neither Summer Session I or II. F1 and J1 applicants who apply for the Summer terms will automatically have their application deferred to the Fall Semester.

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. Learn more about what happens after you apply, including how to check your admission status.