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Admissions and Visa


Once you have selected the school you wish to attend, you will need to provide documentation which proves that you have the minimum amount of money estimated as being necessary by the school. Institutions require new students to submit proof of sufficient funding to cover the period of study you request. Acceptable forms of proof of funding are a letter from your sponsor (if applicable) and/or a bank statement from the person providing funds. You should also receive a letter or invoice from your institution stating the full cost of the course and the arrangements for payment available.

All financial documents should be in English or translated into English by a certified translator. Ask your bank to calculate and specify the foreign currency equivalent on your bank statement. Your name should be clearly indicated on each document of support. If you need to send an e-mail or letter to the school regarding the admissions process, refer to our Resource Library where there are sample letters for you to use.

Visa Documentation

A visa is a permit issued by the foreign affairs or state department of a country. A student visa allows you to enter the country legally for opportunities such as school enrollment, school transfers, and program changes. You may need a visa, depending on the country you visit and the length and purpose of your stay. Please note that not possessing the appropriate visa when going abroad can lead in certain cases to you being asked to return immediately to your home country.

Once you have selected the country where you wish to stay, you need to find out what is required of you to enter the country as a student. Most schools will inform you if you are required to apply for a specific visa and what documentation you need to prepare. The length of the application process and how long it will take to obtain a visa will depend on the relationship between your home country and the destination country. Therefore, you should start applying for your required visa as soon as you receive the required documentation confirming admission to your school overseas. If you need to send an email or letter to the school regarding the required visa or necessary documents, please refer to our Resource Library for sample letters you can use.

The most important document you must submit when you apply for a visa is your passport. Your passport is proof that you are a citizen of your home country. Your visa is stamped inside it. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months before traveling. Some countries do not issue a visa to people whose passports expire less than six months after they plan to leave the country. You will need copies of the application form, completed and signed by the school.

Required Documents needed for a Visa application:

1. Visa application form
2. Visa application fee
3. Financial statement (if necessary)
4. Health certificate (if necessary)
5. Acceptance letter or authorization of enrollment issued by school
6. Passport

Visa Status

Be aware of the rules and regulations of your particular visa concerning the issues of employment, course changes at the school, as well as the terms and conditions for transferring to a different school. Each visa has its own unique set of regulations. Be sure to read the information that you receive both from your school and the Embassy or Consulate when you will complete the visa application. It is your responsibility to be aware of and follow visa regulations while abroad. If you have any questions before departure be sure to contact your school or the Embassy/Consulate. Once abroad, the international student advisor at your school can assist you.