A Special Message from Marcos Fragoso, VP for International Affairs

On Tuesday, July 14, the University of the Incarnate Word welcomed the announcement from the Department of Homeland Security to rescind the guidelines issued July 6 to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). This action means institutions hosting F-1 students must follow the previous SEVP guidance issued in March.

The University was proud to sign a higher education community institutional letter sent to Congress, coordinated by the American Council on Education and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. UIW is supportive of our global community and we are grateful for the resilience of our faculty and student's during this time. :

UIW’s Office of International Affairs will continue to share updates with our community as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jose Martinez, director, Office of International Students & Scholar Services at intl@uiwtx.edu.


Marcos Fragoso
Vice President for International Affairs

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Our founders, three young religious women from France, overcame many obstacles (distance, language, travel) to realize their vision for a better world.

Today, our San Antonio campus serves as a global hub for people like you — domestic and international students who share a similar passion and desire.

Why Think Globally?

We co-inhabit a changing planet and meet each other across crucial differences each day. Both must be better understood if we are to honor the dignity of every human and ensure our mutual well-being.

Let Us Help

International Admissions

Why do so many international students thrive at the University of the Incarnate Word? As a private, mission-focused university, we provide small classes, great teachers, impressive facilities, and a safe place to live and learn in one of the most economically robust cities in America. Competitive scholarships are available to undergraduate international students.

International Student Services

Our advisors help international students, visiting scholars and exchange students meet all federal regulations. We also support your day-to-day needs (academic, social, cultural) to ensure a good overall experience.  We help with visa and immigration processing, life in the U.S., employment and other support services that help you feel at home.

Study Abroad

We know that the idea of study abroad raises questions, especially for first generation students and families. Our job is to answer every question, prepare you early for study abroad and help you connect the opportunity to your academic and life goals.

Your Key Contacts

Amy DeStefano
Associate Director - International Admissions and Recruiting
+1 (210) 805-5707

Dr. Javier Lozano
Director – International Affairs
+1 (210) 805-3015

Jose Martinez
Director – International Student & Scholar Services
+1 (210) 805-5705

UIW Global Diversity

  • 70+ countries represented
  • #1 Catholic university (Texas)
  • 60% racial/ethnic minorities
  • #4 largest private university (Texas)
  • #1 bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics (US faith-based universities)
  • >50% first-generation
  • Academic Sites: Mexico City and Irapuato, Mexico
  • European Study Center: Strasbourg, France
  • Sister School Agreements: 123 universities in 40 countries.
  • Community Service opportunities both locally and internationally