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International Admissions

The University of Providence provides an ideal environment to help you succeed and achieve your goals for the future, no matter what country you call home. University of Providence offers a small student-to-faculty ratio and a strong liberal arts curriculum that will give you a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

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, you should immediately sign (in blue ink) and date the document.
  2. Pay the I-901 fee of $200 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 your student visa being denied.
  3. Once the fee is paid and approved, you should make an appointment with your embassy or consulate.
  4. The I-20 and payment of the I-901 fee DO NOT guarantee your ability to exit your home country. Most countries require you to make appointments with an embassy or consulate where you 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 your passport. You should see policies in your country for how to obtain your passport documents.
  6. Upon approval from the embassy or consulate, you should make all necessary travel plans. When your travel plans are secured, contact the registrar with your plans and anticipated travel date.
  7. When arriving at a U.S. port of entry, you will need to provide your passport, F1 Visa and Form I-20 to customs officials for processing. You will be asked to pay the $6 fee for the I-94 (arrival and departure record) at this time.