Exchange J-1 Students

English Language Minimums ↓

If you are visiting from a non-English-speaking country, please note the English language minimum requirements.

TOEFL minimum score considered:  550 on paper-based test, 80 on the Internet-based test

The UNC Asheville code is 5013

IELTS minimum score considered:  6.5

Application Process ↓

Create a new account at the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Exchange non-degree applications can be found here. All application fees are waived for International Exchange students. Please be sure to identify the Student Type: Exchange.

Provide a copy of your current bank statement to show proof of funds. The bank statement information must have the total funds noted within the past month showing you are able to cover housing and personal expenses during your studies. UNCA will need to verify that your bank statement has at least $1,700 USD per month of living expenses during your studies here. This amount includes any personal and travel expenses, medical insurance, etc. Please let us know if you will need a financial letter of support if you do not have the funds in your personal account and will have support from a family member during your studies.

After completing the online application and submitting your passport, bank statement, and transcript details, UNCA will be in touch regarding your acceptance status and will advise on the next steps.

A copy of your passport must be sent with your application; the application fee is waived.

I-20/DS-2019 Signatures ↓

Any time a new I-20 or DS-2019 is reprinted, it will require a signature from an authorized staff member (see below).

Reasons for reprinting:

  • Damaged or lost
  • Significant changes to information (program end-date, program of study, legal name changes)
  • CPT or OPT authorization (F1 Students only)

If you travel outside the USA, you will need a travel signature. Travel signatures are valid for one year from the date of signature.

Staff on campus who can sign your I-20 (F1 Visa Students) & DS-2019 (J-1 Visa students):

Once You Arrive ↓

Setting Up a Bank Account

For setting up a bank account, each bank has different requirements. However, generally speaking, international students will need the following documentation to open a bank account:

  • Your passport with J-1 student visa
  • Your DS-2019
  • Proof of NC residency, such as an official letter or bill addressed to
    you with your US home address
  • Verification of enrollment at your college or university (UNCA letter
    of acceptance)
  • Second form of ID, like a driver’s license or government-issued ID
    card – check to confirm if your student ID card is acceptable.

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