FAQs For Incoming Students:
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Q1 – What is SOLAR?
SOLAR is SBU’s online system that you will use frequently. You will use SOLAR to enroll in courses, pay your bill, request a transcript, receive notifications, etc. Once you’re accepted, you’ll be given a Student ID and information on how to log-in to SOLAR.
Q1 – What type of applicant am I?
Q2 - What is my Grade Point Average (GPA)?
Q3 – Why can’t I upload a JPEG image?
Q4 – What original documents must be mailed to IAPS?
Q5 – Is there an Application Fee?
Q6 – What is a transcript?
Q7 – How do I find my institution under “Current University”?
Q8 - In my financial documents, how much money do I need to show to study as an exchange/visiting student at Stony Brook University?
As of 2011 (Cost is subject to change)
*Note that exchange students have tuition waived and only need to show funds for fees, living expenses, and health insurance.
Please be advised that the above estimates represent the MINIMUM amount of money needed to survive at a very modest level on Long Island. Many students will require additional funds. Students planning to bring accompanying dependents must contact International Academic Programs for an additional application, and must provide an additional $6500 per year for their spouse and an additional $3630 per child per year.
All students must upload financial support documents showing the amount required in the DS 2019 Certificate of Eligibility.
Q10 – What about the health forms?
All students must complete the health form and submit the original to IAPS. http://www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad/ay/health.pdf
A - Yes, SBU's international health insurance is required for all incoming exchange/visiting students.
A - 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 80 IBT. If you do not meet these requirements, you can enroll in the Intensive English Center at SBU. Upon successful completion of IEC, you can become an exchange/visiting student. www.stonybrook.edu/iec
Exchange/Visiting students can pay all tuition and fees after they arrive on campus. Because costs will fluctuate until you are registered full time, no payment should be made until you are enrolled in at least 12 credits. Prior to arrival, you may receive a “tuition and other fees payment due” message- You can disregard this message. You’re given a few weeks after the start of school to make payment without incurring any late fees.
Most undergraduate courses are available to you, as long as you’ve completed the necessary pre-requisites (prior course work) at your home university. You can find course listings at:
Upon acceptance to SBU, you will receive an instruction email with registration instructions. Students are encouraged to enroll in classes online through SOLAR as soon as possible; we have class size limitations at SBU.
Q3 – How can I register for classes through SOLAR that require prerequisites?
If courses require prerequisites (prior courses completed), you will not be able to enroll through SOLAR. In the course registration instruction email, you will be given instructions on how to request enrollment in these courses. You will be given a link to complete a “Class Request Form” and submit electronically. Your request will be reviewed by the respective academic department and permission to enroll will be given if available. (Some departments may directly enroll you in the course, while others may issue permission and you must log in to SOLAR and add the course. You need to check SOLAR consistently.)
Q4 – What is a waitlist? Can I be added to a waitlist? If I’m on a waitlist how can I get enrolled in the course?
A waitlist for a course means the class is full and you want to be put on a waiting list to be added to the course if space becomes available. If a waitlist is available, you may join. If prerequisites are required for the course, you must submit the online Course Request Form to be put on the waitlist. If space becomes available in the course, you will be automatically registered once you are at the top of the list.
All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 17 credits.
Q6 – What is a “Hold” in SOLAR?
A - Holds & To Do Items appear in the Action Center of your SOLAR Welcome Page. Students are responsible for reading these items carefully and taking any necessary action. Some items can prevent enrollment access.
To remove these holds, click on the message and it will link to a page instructing how to fulfill the requirement.
Q7 – Do you offer an English as Second Language (ESL) Course?
Each semester we offer an ESL class specifically for exchange/visiting students to help non-English speakers improve their speaking and writing skills. This class is not mandatory. We will send an email notifying you of the ESL course options and how to request enrollment.
Q8 – SOLAR shows the class as “Open” but it won’t let me enroll- Why?
Some class seats are reserved by the academic departments for SBU transfer or major students; so although the course appears to be open, you may not be given permission to enroll.
IAPS arranges on-campus housing for you. Campus Residences automatically assigns each student a room. Room assignments will be emailed and posted in SOLAR about 1 week prior to arrival. You do not get to choose your rooming assignment. You will most likely share a room with another Stony Brook student. Room changes can only be requested through Campus Residences after arrival and are very difficult to arrange. Check-in and departure dates will be sent through email prior to arrival.
Q2 – Do you offer/require meal plans?
Most exchange/visiting students will be assigned to a housing unit that includes a kitchen, so the meal plan is not required. If you are assigned to a housing unit that does not include a kitchen, you will be required to purchase a meal plan. If you are not required to purchase a meal plan, but would like to you can enroll once you arrive on campus by visiting the Meal Plan Office (Student Union, Room 250) or http://fsa.sunysb.edu/mealplan/
From the Airport to Stony Brook University:
To use public transportation from JFK Airport:
Link for LIRR train schedule:
*Additional information details are in your International Services booklet sent with your DS 2019.
Q2 – Food Options:
Campus Dining services will be available during limited hours.
Q3 – Campus Bus Schedule/Map
Q4 – Banking Information
There are two ATMs available for students on campus, for a different bank a student will have to go off campus. Seven11 in front of LIRR station has City Bank ATM as well.
Q5 – Cell Phone Information
Students can obtain a cell phone from one of the following locations or they can look at more options by using the websites given below.