Whether you’re a new international student at St. Edward’s, or you have already spent time on the hilltop, the International Student Services Office (ISS) is committed to helping you succeed.

We understand that international students have more to consider and manage than your domestic peers, so we’ll help you navigate the process and connect you to support resources both on- and off-campus.

Information for New International Students

First, follow the steps below to secure your international student immigration status and pursue your education in the U.S. Please note: We’re trained and authorized to advise on F-1 and J-1 visa matters. For questions about other visa types and categories, seek a qualified immigration attorney.

Get a Form I-20

You need a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student (F-1) Status, which grants you eligibility to apply for the F-1 student visa or continue your F-1 status. After you’ve been admitted and made your deposit, complete the following so that ISS can issue your I-20:

  1. Submit a copy of your passport photo page for you and any dependents (spouse and/or children under 21). If you’ve had a U.S. visa in the past, include that copy as well.
  2. If you receive financial support, your sponsor (either a family member or government agency) must complete Section II of the Certification of Finances Form and then submit the form. Include any scholarship information.
  3. Submit proof of your financial support such as scholarship letters, a bank statement or letter from yourself or your sponsor. Bank documents must be issued within 6 months of the program start date.
  4. Complete this form to provide required information for your I-20.
  5. If you’re currently studying in the U.S. with an F-1 student visa, transfer your current I-20 record to St. Edward's University. Complete Section I of the Transfer Eligibility Form, then ask your advisor or DSO at your current school to complete Section II. When both sections are completed, submit the form.  
Apply for Your Student Visa

Follow the process below to get your visa. We encourage you to visit the State Department for detailed instructions and helpful FAQs.

Traveling to the Hilltop

F-1 students may enter the U.S. 30 days before the program start date shown on their I-20. 

Check-in and immigration reporting is mandatory and will occur on International Landing Day. In addition to International Landing Day, you’ll attend International Student Orientation.

Information for Current and Returning International Students

We encourage you to stay in touch with ISS during your time on the hilltop. Remember, you need our approval if you:

  • Extend or change your program or degree
  • Intend to transfer to a new school
  • Drop below full-time enrollment
  • Need your I-20 signed for travel
  • Move to a new address
  • Want an internship

 Review the following about maintaining your visa status, work authorization and guidance on travel.