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 Homeland Security's Study in the States webpage.
Email Nathan Jones, director of international admissions (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. Westminster's first-year/sophomore housing is designed to provide you with a safe and enjoyable college experience.
Admitted for Fall Semester:
The application to register for housing is available beginning Jan. 1.
The priority deadline to register for housing is June 1, 2020. The final deadline to register for housing is June 15, 2020. Fall
housing assignments go out during the first week of July.
Admitted for Spring Semester: The application to register for housing is available beginning Oct. 1. If you register prior to Dec. 1, you will receive your housing assignments by Dec. 15.
Register for Housing
4. Register for Classes
Registration begins in Apr. for fall semester and Nov. for spring semester.
Students living in Utah and starting classes in fall are invited to attend Griffin GearUp between Apr. and June. You must register for Griffin GearUp in advance.
Students who are unable to attend a Griffin GearUp 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
Admitted for Fall Semester: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 (Aug. 12 for Master of Business Administration program students)
Admitted for Spring Semester: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 (Jan. 6 for Master of Business Administration program students)
Airport pick-up service is available for new international students arriving from abroad. Email Alison Vásquez (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office for Global Engagement to schedule a pickup.
6. Attend International Student Orientation
Admitted for Fall Semester: Aug. 14, 2020
Admitted for Spring Semester: Jan. 8, 2021 (includes New Student Orientation)
7. Attend New Student Orientation
Admitted for Fall Semester: Aug. 15–Aug. 17, 2020
Admitted for Spring Semester: Jan. 8, 2021 (includes International Student Orientation)
Email Alison Vásquez (email@example.com) in the Office for Global Engagement for more information.LEARN MORE
8. Attend Classes
Be ready to attend classes on the semester start date.
Admitted for Fall Semester: Aug. 18, 2020
Admitted for Spring Semester: Jan. 11, 2021