International Student Visa Information
OES has a robust community of international students in our residential life program. Students from all over the world (14 different countries!) live on campus in our dorms.
In order to help students have a smooth transition from their home country to our campus, we have outlined the steps necessary to do that successfully. Please bookmark this page as it contains important information to apply for a U.S. visa as well as tips for travel.
When a non-U.S. citizen has been accepted for admission and has completed enrollment, OES will reach out with specific information regarding how to begin the I-20/visa application process.
How to apply for an F-1 student visa.
- 1. Complete the OES I-20 request form
- 2. Receive the I-20 via email
- 3. Print and sign the I-20
- 4. Submit Form I-901 and pay the I-901 SEVIS fee
- 5. Complete the visa application (Form DS-160)
- 6. Pay the visa application fee
- 7. Schedule and attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate
1. Complete the OES I-20 request form
2. Receive the I-20 via email
3. Print and sign the I-20
4. Submit Form I-901 and pay the I-901 SEVIS fee
5. Complete the visa application (Form DS-160)
6. Pay the visa application fee
7. Schedule and attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate
Important Documents to Bring on the Airplane (NOT in checked luggage)
- Airplane ticket(s)
- Valid passport and visa
- Printed and signed I-20
- Form I-901 receipt
- OES admissions acceptance letter
- Financial support documents
- Immunization and medical records regarding chronic medical conditions (with English translations)
- Evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. OES requires the booster to be considered fully vaccinated.
- Contact information for the OES Principle Designated School Official (PDSO), to use in the case of an emergency while traveling or going through immigration. This will be emailed to all residential students prior to traveling in August.
Information about the schedule for the first few days on campus, what to pack, roommate details, how to set up a bank account, etc. will be sent throughout the summer.
Sources and Resources
Obtaining a student visa - basic steps
SEVIS I-901 fee processing website
DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa information
DS-160 Frequently Asked Questions
DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application (direct link to form)
Photo Frequently Asked Questions
Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate
Helpful tips when interviewing for a student visa
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Non-U.S. Citizen Travel to the United States