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Wire Transfer through Western Union-International Payment through GlobalPay for Students

How Does This Service Work

UC Merced has contracted with Western Union-GlobalPay to provide international students with an alternative to paying their tuition and fees by wire transfer. Western Union Business Solutions offer a competitive rate of exchange for processing payments in many international currencies.

Benefits to You

  • Secure an exchange rate you are happy with – the rate will be held for 72 hours
  • Understand your costs – know exactly how much you are paying in your home currency
  • Peace of mind – have confidence that the UC Merced will receive your fees on time, usually in 2 working days
  • No expensive bank charges – keep hold of as much of your money as possible
  • Speed up the payment process – UC Merced will be able to identify your fee payment quickly thus eliminating costly late charges
  • No additional charges for using this service are levied by UC Merced or Western Union Business Solutions.

1. Why is using Western Union-GlobalPay better the just using my Bank?

If you use your own bank to make to make your payment to UC Merced, then this will cost you more. Banks charge service fees (sometimes you are not even aware of them) that are added on to the payment and these charges can be substantial. This means the UC Merced sometimes won’t receive your full payment because the added bank charges are deducted from your total due. By using Western Union-GlobalPay you are assured of a guaranteed rate of exchange as well as ensuring that UC Merced receives your fees in full. This exchange rate is held for 72 hours giving you peace of mind that the exchange rate will not move against you. So, after submitting your payment, you can relax and feel comfortable knowing that you are done and have paid in full.

2. Do I need to provide the UC Merced bank details when I go to my local bank?

No. Western Union Business Solutions will email you a confirmation and instructions, including the local bank details within your country for making the payment. You do not need UC Merced bank’s information to make this wire payment transaction. Just bring the email confirmation and instructions that you receive from Western Union Business Solutions and they will take care of the rest.

3. What fees can I pay using the service?

You can pay all your fees that have been charge on your student bill. These are the only fees you can pay at this time. You cannot pay for additional fees such as activities, books, or parking.

4. I can’t find my home currency on the list?

Due to international and domestic banking regulations some currencies are unable to be traded on the open market or as part of this service. If your home currency is not available, you can select United States Dollars (USD) or another currency from the drop down menu. If you decide to use USD, for example, you will need to first purchase the USD from your bank prior to making the wire transfer through Western Union-GlobalPay.

5. Is using Western union-GlobalPay better than paying by credit card or using a bank check?

Western Union-GlobalPay is one of a variety of options for paying your tuition and fees and you are welcome to research each option to see which one is best for you. You are welcome to pay by credit card or purchase a money order or a bank check (payable to UC Regents), if that is the option that is most convenient for you.

Steps to Make a Bank-to-Bank Transfer
Click here to see a short video on how the process works.

Step 1: Student Verification
Navigate to the GlobalPay for Students website and enter your details.

 Step 2: Select Payment Option

  •  Select items you wish to pay for and then select the payment option

 Due to banking regulations, not all currencies are available. If your home currency isn’t offered, you can pay in another currency, such as the U.S. dollar.

Step 3: Enter Payment Details

  • Enter the details of the person making the payment and select the language you would like to receive the payment instructions in

NOTE: You may need to temporarily allow pop-ups on your computer in order to view the payment instructions

Step 4: Obtain Payment Instructions

  • Print your payment instructions and complete your payment at your bank or with online banking using the printed instructions.



If you have any questions regarding the bank-to-bank payment transfer with Western Union-GlobalPay, you are welcome to contact them directly. Their dedicated Customer Service team will assist you with any of your questions. In addition, someone from their team can also help you through the payment process so you are clear on how it’s done and provide you with all the necessary details to make the process as easy and simple as possible.

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