INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS

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International Admissions

The University of Providence provides an ideal environment to help students succeed and achieve their goals for the future, no matter what country they call home. University of Providence offers a small student-to-faculty ratio and a strong liberal arts curriculum that gives all students a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Documents Required for Admission

  • Application for admission
  • International Student Information Form
  • Financial statement certifying your ability to meet the cost of attendance
  • Color copy of valid student passport
  • Official certified copies in English of certificates, diplomas, degrees, and course transcripts from secondary schools through the highest level of education achieved. English translations must be from a certified translator
  • Credential evaluation in English from the International Credential Evaluators (for student athletes only) or any credential evaluation service that is a member of NACES, such as World Education Services or  Education Credential Evaluators
  • Demonstrated English proficiency if English is not your first language using one of the following assessments: TOEFL 550/213/80, ITEP of 4.5, IELTS of 6.5
  • ACT/SAT scores are strongly recommended for advising, placement, and/or athletic eligibility purposes
  • Enrollment in health insurance program:
    • Students who will be participating in an athletic program will be required to purchase approved student insurance once they’ve arrived on campus
    • Students participating in athletics are required to have insurance approved by the Athletic Department or they will not be allowed to compete in their respective sport

I-20 Information

  1. Upon receiving the I-20, please immediately sign (in blue ink) and date the document.
  2. Pay the I-901 fee of $350 U.S. dollars. This fee must be paid PRIOR to your embassy or consulate visit, and it is payable via credit card online. Failure to pay this fee will result in  student visas being denied.
  3. Once the fee is paid and approved, students should make an appointment with your embassy or consulate.
  4. The I-20 and payment of the I-901 fee DO NOT guarantee a student’s ability to exit their home country. Most countries require appointments with an embassy or consulate where students will be granted a visa (Canadian students can simply enter at a border crossing after paying the fee). Our offices have no control over the decision to admit entrance to the U.S.
    • Schedule appointments with plenty of lead time to allow you to exit your country.
    • Students who schedule appointments near the start of the semester are more likely to be denied a visa by their home country.
  5. Prior to receiving the Form I-20, prepare to obtain a passport. You should see policies in your country for how to obtain your passport documents.
  6. Upon approval from the embassy or consulate, make all necessary travel plans. When travel plans are secured, contact the registrar with the plans and anticipated travel date.
  7. When arriving at a U.S. port of entry, students will need to provide your passport, F1 Visa and Form I-20 to customs officials for processing. They are asked to pay the $6 fee for the I-94 (arrival and departure record) at this time.