Study Abroad
Study Abroad
J-1 Students

Welcome, J-1 Exchange Students!

This section of the website is intended to be used by non-degree seeking international exchange students attending the University of Memphis for one semester or one academic year. In order to apply as an exchange student, please search for the "University of Memphis" program under the Incoming Programs section of the website. Once you access the University of Memphis program page, you will need to click "Apply Now" in order to begin the application process. You can access the program page here.

Living in Memphis

There is so much to do and see in Memphis! Such as...

  • Annual events to attend like Memphis in May, The Beale Street Music Festival, The Delta Fair, various International and art events, and more!
  • Historic museums to tour such as the Sun Studio, Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum, Graceland, and more!
  • Be a fan on Memphis sports and watch the Memphis Grizzlies NBA Basketball Team, Memphis Redbirds Baseball Team, and many other teams play!
  • Visit the parks, gardens or zoo on a nice day such as Mud Island Park, Memphis Zoo, Shelby Farms, and more!
  • Watch a play at the famous Orpheum Theater, or see an Opera of Symphony at many of the other theaters around Memphis.

The Department of Intensive English for Internationals has an informative website about living in Memphis that you can access here.

Living on Campus

Carpenter Complex

The Carpenter Complex offers single students the chance to live in apartment or townhouse style accommodations. Wireless Internet service, cable and utilities are included in the rent. Convenient parking, landscaped grounds, private rooms and apartment amenities differentiate Carpenter Complex from traditional residence halls. Carpenter Complex is unique in that it operates year round. The contract for Carpenter Complex is an extended contract, so students may have access to their unit during times break periods. Contact the Residence Life and Dining Services Office for more details.

  • International House: Limited spaces are available in the International House, which is a living/learning community that allows international students, exchange students and Americans to live and learn together. The International House is located within the Carpenter Complex.

    We strongly recommend that students apply for Carpenter Complex housing because it is the only on-campus dormitory that offers extended stay, (i.e. open during fall break, spring break, holidays, etc.) If you choose to stay in a different facility, you will be kicked out of the dorms during any official school holidays or breaks. Please go here for a virtual tour of the Carpenter Complex Housing Facility.

Housing Payment

All students are responsible for paying their student housing fees. Full payment for your room is due at the time of arrival. Please visit our Bursar’s office when you arrive to arrange payment for your room. If you cannot pay your rent in full for the semester, you need to ask the Bursar to put you on an “installment plan.” This will allow you to pay your rent over time. There is a charge for this plan. For more information please see: http://bf.memphis.edu/finance/bursar/installment.php. Please check with your credit card company prior to coming to the US to make sure you can make a payment for the entire sum of your housing.

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