Prospective J-1 Students:
Students wishing to come to the U.S. on a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa need to be sponsored through an organization that is registered with the USIA (United States Information Agency) Exchange Visitor program. Most of our J-1 students are sponsored through the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Andrews University itself is not part of the Exchange Visitor program, and thus does not sponsor students. It is therefore essential to contact a sponsoring organization in advance, to secure their willingness to sponsor you. [Back to top]
Getting Academic Acceptance
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After you obtain a sponsor and are academically accepted, the sponsoring organization (for example, the General Conference of SDAs) will issue the DS-2019 form for you. [Back to top]
A $200 SEVIS fee is required of all international students including citizens of Canada. Along with the DS-2019, you will receive information on how to pay the $200—SEVIS fee. Once you pay the SEVIS fee, you will receive a receipt which you should present at the American Consulate as you apply for a student visa (citizens of Canada must present the SEVIS receipt at the border). [Back to top]
Step 1 – Request an Interview.
Request and secure a date for an interview with an officer at the American Consulate in your country.
Step 2 – Present Proper Documents at Interview.
Take the following documents with you to the interview:
A legal passport valid for at least six months (preferably 4-5 years).
Your original DS-2019 form.
The $200 SEVIS receipt.
American Consulates normally demand financial documentation as evidence that you are able to support yourself financially while studying in the U.S.
You must also present documentation of strong ties that require you to return to your home country after completing studies.
Contact the local U.S. consulate to inquire if any additional documents are required as this may vary from country to country.
Step 3 - Obtain Your Visa and Come to Andrews.
After receiving your visa, you are ready to come to Andrews University. The earliest date you may come is indicated on the visa you receive. Also, make sure you do not come later than the reporting date stated on your DS-2019.
All International students are required to attend the new International Student Orientation that takes place one week before classes begin. [Back to top]
An international airport in the U.S. is the port of entry to most international students (except students from Canada). Before you pick up your luggage, an immigration officer will check your documents (passport, visa, DS-2019 and I-94). The I-94 is a form given to you in the airplane shortly before landing in the U.S. It is extremely important to complete this form with the correct information and present it to the officer at the port of entry. After examining your documents the officer will stamp all your documents including your DS-2019, I-94 and your passport. The Officer must return all these documents to you because they are your personal property and should not be kept with the agent. [Back to top]
Andrews University is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. If you lfy into Chicago-O'Hare or Midway Airports, you may take the Coach USA bus (www.coachusa.com) which brings you to the South Bend (Indiana) airport. If you do not have a friend to pick you up, you may arrange with the Transportation Department at Andrews University (email@example.com) for pick up (there is a charge).
Note: If you wish to rent a car once in the U.S., you must present a valid driver's license at the time of service.
After your arrival at Andrews University, please come to the International Student Services Office in the Campus Center. We must make copies of your immigration documents (and family members, if applicable).
You are required to attend an International Student Orientation that introduces you to important immigration rules and regulations, as well as to the different services that Andrews University offers. Subsequently, we will be able to report to SEVIS (the government system) that you have arrived and are in legal status. [Back to top]