International Students

Your first step to academic excellence

IFS is one of the best ways that international students can begin their college career at IU!  Start your campus experience two and a half weeks early and accelerate your academics by completing a three credit hour course before the fall semester begins. 

IFS students work one-on-one with elite faculty, explore research opportunities, and adjust to campus life.  Learn alongside and develop friendships with other high-achieving international and domestic students. 

IFS works with the Indiana University Office of International Services to provide a seamless transition for International Students. To learn more about the IFS experience for international students, check out our question and answer session with the Indiana University Office of International Services.

Your success at IU begins with IFS

At IFS, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with a top professor
  • Participate in a small and rigorous college class
  • Learn alongside other ambitious students
  • Explore IU's campus
  • Discover opportunities for leadership, service, and study
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Connect with a professor

Learn from one of Indiana University's leading faculty members in a small classroom setting. Because IFS classes are small, students have the chance to work individually with their professor and make personal relationships with faculty. With classes in a variety of subjects and unique co-curricular opportunities, there's an IFS class for every type of student. Find out more about our distinctive courses today.

Create friendships

Students who attend IFS aren't just academically successful, they're socially involved too. During IFS, students participate in a variety of activities and events, all while exploring campus and making friends with new and returning IU students. Meet other students at the Welcome Festival, perform a hidden talent at an Open Mic Night, or attend a pizza party with your floor. Experiences at IFS aren't limited to what happens in the classroom. IFS introduces students to the broad range of cultural events, world-class facilities, and international cuisines available on campus and around Bloomington. At IFS, you'll never be bored.

Payment & Fees

The total cost of IFS is based on course tuition, room and board, the program fee, and, for some courses, the cost of textbook(s). The cost for international students includes additional time before IFS in the room and board fee.

Note that the tuition fee for your IFS course is included in the full-time student tuition for your first Fall semester at IU if you register for 9-15 additional credit hours for the Fall semester.


IFS courses count toward the amount paid for fall tuition. Students generally enroll in 12 to 18 total credit hours for the fall semester and the IFS course will account for three of those hours.

Room & Board

The IFS room and board fee is a flat fee based on the number of days you stay on campus. The room and board fee includes a meal plan.

Program Fee

By submitting an IFS application you authorize a $135.15 non-refundable program fee to be included on your fall bursar bill.

2019 IFS cost to attend
Course Tuition & FeesIncluded in full-time enrollment (12-18 credit hours) in Fall semester
Room and Board (includes meal plan)$831.20
IFS Program Fee$132.50
Textbooks and course materialsVaries by course

Bursar bill

Your IU bursar bill is generated electronically and made available online. You will be sent an email notification to your IU ( email account when your statement is ready. All IFS charges will appear on your bursar bill.

IU Bursar Pay Guide