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International Student Exchange

At Lesley, we have partnerships with universities around the world. That means if you're an undergraduate student who goes to one of these schools, you can apply to study at Lesley for a semester or two as an international exchange student.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic and current world events, exchange student programs are currently on hold. We urge you to consider doing an online degree or certificate program or consider entering as an F-1 visa holder for a full-time in-person undergraduate or graduate degree. Feel free to contact with questions.

Come explore a new campus and city, make new friends, and study in an American classroom. Take advantage of everything Cambridge and nearby Boston have to offer. From sporting events to museums to concerts, there's always something fun to do here.

Tuition & Fees

With an Exchange Program, you pay your home school's tuition to your home school. However, you'll pay these fees to Lesley University:

  • Student Health Insurance Plan, unless you provide proof that you have an approved alternate plan
  • Health Service Fee ($400/semester)
  • Registration Fee ($40/semester)
  • Student Activity Fee ($125/semester)
  • New Student Orientation Fee ($125 one-time fee)

Learn more about our undergraduate fees.

In addition to tuition and fees, you'll need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and food.

  • Books and Supplies
  • Personal Expenses
  • Housing ($4,930/semester for on-campus housing, if available. Off-campus housing can be less expensive)
  • Meals (approximately $3,200/semester for campus meal plan)

Our International Student Services team will provide you with an Estimate of Expenses. You will need to show that you have the funds to cover these expenses in order to qualify for an F-1 student visa.

How to Apply

Not currently accepting applications.

  1. Get a nomination from your home school's international office. Nominations are due by April 15 for the Fall semester, or by October 15 for the Spring semester.
  2. After we approve your nomination, apply by May 1 for the Fall semester or by November 1 for the Spring semester. Upload a copy of your official academic transcript translated into English, and a copy of your English language proficiency exam with your application.

    We accept TOEFL (minimum score of 80 on the Internet test; CEEB code 3483), IELTS (minimum score of 6.5), and the Cambridge Exam (minimum score of C1 on the Advanced Level).

Next Steps

After we review your complete application, we'll notify you of your acceptance by email. The email will include important information such as:

  • Your Lesley University ID number, email address, and how to access your electronic accounts. Activate your accounts and check your Lesley email regularly for updates.
  • Getting an F-1 Student Visa.
  • Immunization and Health Insurance information. Massachusetts law requires all students to carry health insurance from an insurance company with an office in the United States, and to get immunizations, before coming to campus.
  • Application for on-campus housing, if available, and how to pay the $300 housing deposit.
  • How to find off-campus housing if there is no on-campus housing available, or if you don't want to live on campus.
  • Tips on preparing for arrival, including what to pack.

Registering for Courses

Review course listings in our online undergraduate academic catalog or via our Course Catalog. Our Academic Advising Office will contact you over the summer (for the Fall semester) or in December/January (for the Spring semester) to help you register for courses.

"The courses I took at Lesley addressed my interest in integrating a global aspect into teaching. Teaching Language Arts in Literature let me see how educators teach writing and reading in a multicultural society like America. This is useful for me as a future English teacher in Germany."
Angelina Knoll, Elementary Education Exchange Student, University of Education in Freiburg, Germany
Contact International Student Services