International Study Center

New Student Information

Your Future, Our Commitment: Begin your Baylor Journey Now

Studying with us in 2021 is about putting your education and your future first. This is your time.

Study Options

For some programs we are offering you the flexibility to start your program virtually from home and join us on campus in January 2022.*^

If you are currently located in China, you may also be able to start your studies at a Chinese university.

Students in our International Year, Master’s International Year or graduate Direct Admit programs are able to join us on our Baylor campus this Fall. Undergraduate Direct Admit students who confirmed their place by May 3rd are also eligible to join us. If you did not confirm your place before this date, you are welcome to switch to our 1-semester International Year in order to join us. 

All undergraduate students in our International Year (except those studying the 3-semester program), as well as Direct Admit students, are able to start their studies online before joining us in January 2022.

Our 3-semester International Year and our Master’s International Year programs are currently only available on campus in Waco.

If you are located in China and are unable to join us on our campus in Waco, but still want to benefit from in-person study, Undergraduate Direct Admit students are able to begin their studies at East China Normal University, before joining us on campus in January 2022.

This 14-week program is located on campus at East China Normal University in Shanghai and includes both face-to-face and online lessons. You will study courses provided by both Baylor and CIEE, a nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, gaining between 13-16 credits towards your degree.

You will have access to campus resources including computer labs, lounges, the library, and more. Additional costs apply outside of your regular Baylor fees, as you will pay accommodation fees to CIEE.

If you are interested in beginning your studies here, you can contact by the 11th of June and request to participate in the Baylor in Shanghai program.

Students in China can still benefit from in-person study when in the Global Gateway Program. If you are studying our one- or two- semester International Year, you can study on campus at the Shanghai Institute of Technology before joining us in January 2022.

By choosing this option, you will benefit from meeting and connecting with other Baylor students in-person. You will also receive additional support in the form of:

  • Wellbeing and administrative support
  • Accommodation
  • Program support and English support
  • Access to all Shanghai Institute of Technology facilities

Scholarships or financial support may be available to support students with the costs of the extra services provided by Shanghai Institute of Technology. With this assistance, accommodation on SIT’s campus, if desired by the student, would be the only additional cost to students on top of regular Baylor tuition.

If you are interested in beginning your studies here, contact by the 6th August and request to participate in the Shanghai Institute of Technology program.

2021 Dates

Fall 2021 Dates
First Day of Classes: August 23
Labor Day Holiday: September 6
Thanksgiving Holidays: November 22-26
Last Day of Classes: December 8
Final Exams: December 11-16

Spring 2022 Dates
First Day of Classes: January 10

2021 Arrival

Students on Baylor University campus

We will work with you closely to make sure you are successful in your classes.

Visa Information

Socially-distanced students on campus at Baylor University

Find out how and when to apply for your student visa to study in the USA.

Arrive in Waco

The Baylor University campus

Find out what will happen once you know when you are arriving on campus.

A Welcome Message

On behalf of President Linda A. Livingstone, it is my pleasure to offer you admission to Baylor University. My colleagues and I commend you on the academic accomplishments that have earned you a spot in the new class. When you become a Baylor student, you will join an academic community grounded in Christian faith and rich with a heritage that reaches back to our founding in 1845. Additionally, you’ll become part of the Baylor family, a worldwide network of Bears who share your college experience.

If you have questions as you complete these next steps to prepare for your online study with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Jessica King Gereghty
Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions

Your First Week As A Baylor Student

You will be welcomed at Baylor from the moment you enroll. At the start of the semester, you will take part in orientation week activities. You will be introduced to the campus, staff, facilities, and meet other students. There are also tours of Waco, so you can get to know the city.

Our International Study Center staff will help you settle in. They will be happy to answer any questions you have about your course, or life in the USA.

*Subject to University policy and ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19

^Excluding Master's International Year and 3-semester International Year

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.