We’re excited to welcome you to our university community as a new international student. And we look forward to making your transition to the hilltop easy.
The following information is an overview of how to secure your immigration status and pursue education as an international student in the U.S. Please review the steps outlined below, and follow the instructions carefully to avoid delays in the processing of your immigration documents. Our International Student Advisors are here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us via email or phone!
NOTE: This information is for recently admitted international students. If you have not yet been admitted, please contact the Office of Admission at seu.admit [at] stedwards.edu or 512-448-8500.
To study as an international or exchange student in the United States, you need either a Form I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student (F-1) Status" or "Form DS-2019 “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” These forms grant you eligibility to apply for either an F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa.
Upon acceptance, email the following documents to iss [at] stedwards.edu.
Note to Transfer Students: If you are currently enrolled at a U.S. based educational institution (high school, ESL Program, college/university) you will need to submit a Transfer Eligibility Form in addition to the documents above. You must complete Section I of the form and then send it to your current international advisor. Return the completed and signed form to iss [at] stedwards.edu. We can only issue your new Form I-20 or DS-2019 after your SEVIS record is transferred to St. Edward's University.
Below is a general overview of the process to obtain your visa. However, we strongly encourage you to also visit the State Department website for more detailed instructions and a helpful list of FAQs.
An interview at your local U.S. embassy or consulate is required to determine if you are qualified to receive an F-1 student visa. Arrive at the interview with all of the required documents and receipts, and be prepared to answer personal questions about your decision to study in the U.S.
Visa interview questions vary depending on Consular Officer. As a general rule, students must be able to respond to the following basic questions:
Initial F-1 and J-1 students may enter the United States no more than 30 days before the program start date shown on their I-20 or DS-2019. All students must arrive on campus by the date of their assigned Orientation session. These dates are published on the International Student Orientation page. Please review these important arrival dates, and make your travel plans accordingly.
Once you arrive in Austin, you have the following options to get to campus or your apartment/hotel:
The address of the university is 3001 South Congress Avenue; however, if you will be living in an on-campus apartment, you should use the following address: 520 Woodward Street.