2. Apply for an I-20
Westminster College is authorized
under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Upon acceptance and
payment of the deposit, non-immigrant students submit
financial guarantee documents and request the initial or transfer SEVIS
Submit your I-20 application documents using Westminster’s secure FileSafe.
- Copy of passport
- Bank statement or other evidence of ability to pay
- Statement of financial responsibility
I-20 is a three-page document used by students to obtain an F-1 visa.
Students who are entering the United States with an I-20 for initial
attendance will need to complete the following steps:
- Payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee. The
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses SEVIS fee
payments to fund and maintain the Student Exchange Visitor Information
System (SEVIS), the immigration database used to process documents for
international students and exchange visitors during their stay in the
- Apply for the non-immigrant visa at a U.S.
Embassy or Consulate. All visa applicants must submit a completed
DS-160 Online Non-immigrant Visa Application. You will need your
passport and SEVIS ID number to complete this form.
- Schedule the visa interview.
- Pay the visa application fee.
- Prepare for and attend the visa interview.
students and their dependents are permitted to enter the U.S. no
more than 30 days prior to the report date, #5 on the I-20 form. Dependents (spouse or children) accompanying the F-1 student in F-2
status must have their own SEVIS Form I-20 issued in the name of the
For more information about the process and rules for studying in the United States as an international student, visit Study in the States.
Contact Nathan Jones, director of international admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
3. Register for Housing
Campus housing is in high demand. Secure your spot in one of our residence halls early. Our first-year/sophomore housing is designed to provide students with a safe and enjoyable college experience.
Spring Start: Housing applications are available beginning on Oct. 1. All applications received prior to Dec. 1 will receive their housing assignments by Dec. 15.
Fall Start: Housing applications are available beginning Dec. 1, with a priority deadline of May 15. Fall housing assignments go out during the first week of July.
Register for Housing
4. Register for Classes
Registration begins in April for fall semester and November for spring semester.
Students living in Utah and starting classes in fall are invited to attend Griffin GearUp between April and June. You must register for Griffin GearUp in advance.
Students who are unable to attend a Griffin GearUp in Utah must contact Frances Peacock at email@example.com to schedule a virtual academic advising appointment and register for classes.
Register for Griffin GearUp
5. Fly in on Arrival Day
Spring Start: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
Fall Start: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
Airport pickups from the Salt Lake International Airport are available. Contact Alison Vásquez in the Office for Global Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup.
6. Attend International Student Orientation
Fall Start: Friday, Aug. 14, 2020
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
7. Attend New Student Orientation
Spring Start: Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Fall Start: Saturday, Aug. 15–Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
Contact Alison Vásquez in the Office for Global Engagement at email@example.com or call 801.832.2829 for more information.
8. Attend Classes
Be ready to attend classes on the semester start date.
Spring Start: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
Fall Start: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020