We are confident that our moral values and respect for differing cultural perspectives enhance the graduate experience of our students. Andrews University is ranked According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” as one of the top 5 most ethnic diverse universities in the USA. We have a representation of nearly 100 Countries at our campus.
Before applying for a student visa and before an I-20 form can be processed you must receive an Academic Acceptance from Andrews University. For more information about the application process and admission requirements, please visit our Admission page.
APPLYING FOR A VISA
International students coming to campus must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a student visa. The following are the steps and requirements for obtaining an I-20 form:
- Receive an Academic Acceptance from Andrews University.
- Submit the Estimated Budget sheet form showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year.
- Submit Financial Statements showing your ability to cover your first year expenses.
- Pay the $3,000 International Student Deposit(not required for citizens of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada or Mexico) and $100 non-refundable International Student Fee.
Copy of Passport and mailing address to send the I-20 form.
- Additional requirement for all Master of Divinity students: A full semester payment in advance (tuition and insurance).
- Additional requirement for sponsored students: A Sponsorship form and sponsor’s bank statements.
For forms and inquiries about requirements to obtain an I-20 please email our international finance specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-471-6380.
International students on campus must enroll for a minimum of 8 credits each semester (9 for the MDiv) while in the U.S. in order to maintain their status as full-time students.
GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING
The School of Graduate Studies is committed to assisting its graduate level students (Domestic and International) through a variety of scholarships and funding. For information about tuition-reduction scholarships based on GRE or GMAT scores, see the Graduate Scholarships and Funding page.
Employment is regulated by the U.S government and the hours allowed for International Students to work should not be viewed as being sufficient to cover school expenses.
ON CAMPUS OPTIONS
International students coming to Andrews University may work on a part-time basis in on campus student job positions (20 hours a week) if satisfactory academic performance is maintained and if such work is allowed by the USCIS. Andrews University students apply in various campus locations such as the Library, Dining Services, Hospitality services, Dairy farm, Arboretum/Grounds, Academic Departments, Administrative Offices, etc.
Please note that we do not guarantee work availability for students and each student needs to search for job opportunities once they arrive. You can find regularly updated job postings at Student Employment.
F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year, but may accept on-campus employment subject to certain conditions and restrictions. After the first academic year, F-1 students may engage in three types of off-campus employment: Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT). For more information please visit the USCIS page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get a student visa?
- Before applying for a visa, students must have an I-20 form issued by Andrews University. Once you have the I-20, you may make an appointment at your local American embassy where the visa may be granted.
What is an I-20 form and how do I get one?
- The I-20 is an immigration form issued by Andrews University that allows you to set up an appointment with your local American embassy in order to request a student visa. Please review the Applying for a Visa section to see the requirements for obtaining an I-20 form.
What is the Estimated Budget Form?
- The Estimated Budget Form is a record of your anticipated expenses and a declaration of your financial resources to cover your costs. For forms and inquiries about requirements to obtain an I-20 please email our international finance specialist at email@example.com.
How do I pay the international student deposit?
You need to pay the international student deposit ONLY after you have been Academically Accepted, please don’t make a payment prior to an admission decision.
For payment options please visit the Student Financial Services page. Once the international student deposit have been made you will be able to send the Completed International Deposit Payer form.
- You need to pay the international student deposit ONLY after you have been Academically Accepted, please don’t make a payment prior to an admission decision.
Can international students work in the U.S.?
- International students coming to Andrews University may work on a part-time basis in on campus student job positions (20 hours a week) if satisfactory academic performance is maintained and if such work is allowed by the USCIS. For more information please visit the USCIS page.
I am a temporary (Nonimmigrant) Worker in the U.S. Can I study?
- You can find information about temporary (Nonimmigrant) Worker visas at the USCIS page.
I am covered by the DACA program, can I apply to Andrews University?
- Students who are covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) are welcome to apply to Andrews University. If you become accepted, you will be required to submit a copy of the application form I797 or a copy of your employment authorization card before registration.
For more information and support for International students, visit International Student Services.