International Student Checklist

The first step to becoming an international student at Albizu University is to apply for admission and be accepted as a full-time student. For information on how to apply, click here. If you need assistance with your application, please get in touch with our International Student Office. Contact information can be found here. Note that at this time we are accepting international students for programs at the Miami campus only.

After you have received your acceptance letter (congratulations!), use this checklist of required documents to assist you as you prepare for your program of studies. Please send any forms or questions to your international student contact.See the Documents and Procedures section of this website for more information on each document listed below.

___1. Proof of financial support for your tuition and living expenses during your program. You can pay these costs yourself or another person can help you pay them. Click here for more information, including links to the affidavits and supplemental documents you will need to submit to prove the availability of funds. 

___2. One copy of each I-20 you have previously received (if applicable).

___3. One copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least the next 6 months. 

___4. The AU Information Form for international students.

___5. If you are currently in your home country: After you receive your I-20 from Albizu University, you will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee. To pay the I-901 fee and complete the accompanying form, go to the Study in the States website. Attach the receipt for payment to your I-20 before your visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate. 

If you are applying for a change of status: To change your nonimmigrant status, you must complete two separate U.S. government forms (I-539 and I-901) and pay the accompanying fees. Click here for the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). Click here for the I-901 SEVIS Fee.

If you are applying for a school transfer: After you are accepted into an Albizu University program, ask the international student advisor or other official at your current school to complete AU’s Transfer Eligibility Form for International Students and return it to us.

___6. The International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form, which demonstrates that you have obtained health insurance for yourself and any dependents traveling with you. The form must be submitted prior to the registration date for your first semester. If you are currently in your home country or are applying for a change of status, purchase health insurance after your student visa is approved.

___7. Each dependent (spouse and/or unmarried children under age 21) who will be residing with you during your studies must submit the following documents in order for us to issue an I-20 for that person: (a) copy of passport, (b) proof of financial support, (c) copy of I-94 (if applicable), (d) copy of all previous I-20 forms (if applicable).