Exchange Students

Welcome to the United States and to Wake Forest University!  We are delighted that you have chosen to come to the School of Business for your study abroad experience.

Our community is unique.  We have a diverse student body, faculty who are experts in their field, and an exceptional staff. By joining our community, you will be challenged in your studies and will enjoy new cultural experiences outside the classroom.

The sections below contain information which will be useful in your transition to Wake Forest University.

  • Checklist
  • Class Schedule
  • Housing
  • Finances
  • Miscellaneous

If you have questions or suggestions about this site, or your exchange experience at our school, please contact Lisa Bryant.


The Checklist is updated regularly. As you complete the checklist, please be aware of any updates and new information or requirements. You must complete all items on this checklist prior to your arrival.

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Class Schedule

The School of Business MBA schedule is divided into two semesters, and each semester is divided into two minis. The fall semester (minis one and two) and the spring semester (minis three and four). If you are attending the fall semester, you may choose courses in mini one and mini two. Spring semester students should choose from mini three and four.

For a more detailed explanation of each course, please review the course descriptions in the Graduate Student Handbook.

For more information regarding the course schedule and to register for classes, please contact Graduate Student Academic Services.

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As you make your travel plans, please be aware that you should secure your housing arrangements prior to the start of your classes and possibly even prior to your arrival in the United States.

Wake Forest University offers short-term and long-term housing for students. Availability is limited. For more information, visit their website at

If you are looking for temporary housing arrangements, you may want to consider the Crossland Economy Studios or the Extended StayAmerica hotels.

For local, off-campus apartments and housing options, ask about our housing database.

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Expenses are estimated, and do not include any financial obligations you may have with your home school regarding this part of your education. Minor adjustments may be necessary to fit your individual circumstances. The administrative and student health services fee is required for all exchange students.

Semester Study:

Living Expenses:  $9,500-11,000 (depending on your individual circumstances)

Administrative Fee:  $500 (please note this fee is due before classes begin)

Student Health Services Fee: $188

One Year Study:

Living Expenses: $17,000-20,000 (depending on your individual circumstances)

Administrative Fee: $1,500 (please note this fee is due before classes begin)

Student Health Services Fee: $376


Please review the student health insurance requirements for more information regarding health services.

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Immigration Issues and Questions

Please contact the Wake Forest University Center for International Studies if you have any difficulties. You will also find other useful links with information regarding the Department of Motor Vehicles and Social Security Administration here.

Late Arrival Policy

Please review the following policy prior to arriving in the United States. Students should be ready to begin their courses on the first day of classes as specified in the official School of Business academic calendar. If a situation arises which will cause the student to miss the start of classes, he/she should contact the Program Manager who will make a decision regarding admittance and/or continuing enrollment on a case-by-case basis. Students who fail to attend classes for a seven-day period, unless excused by the Program Manager, will be separated from the MBA program. If permission to arrive late is granted by the Program Manager, the student must notify each of his/her instructors. Individual instructors reserve the right to deny enrollment in a course if the absence will prevent the student from completing the required coursework in a satisfactory manner.

Air Travel

For air travel, please note that the Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI – 26 miles) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT – 87 miles) are the closest airports to Winston-Salem. The university does not provide transportation to or from the airport. If you are arriving to the PTI airport, we recommend that you make a reservation with PTI Airport Transportation. The PTI shuttle service is a reliable source of transportation both to and from the airport and shuttle rates vary from $30 to $45, depending upon the mode of transportation. For more information visit our Travel Resources page.

International Student Association

Exclusively for international students, the School of Business offers a student organization for your involvement. The International Student Association (ISA) is a student-managed organization which works to facilitate the adaptation of international students to Wake Forest’s academic and social environment. The group helps to ease the social integration of international students through organized social events, internship and job-search assistance, building of strong international student alumni networks, leveraging the cultural diversity of internationals, and contributing to the further development of the global spirit of the Wake Forest community.

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