University of Vermont

Prospective F-1 Student Information

We look forward to welcoming you into our international and campus community and hope that you will choose to join UVM for your studies. Please find a check-list below to help get you started.

Admission to UVM

Degree-seeking F-1 students will apply for general admission to the university through the UVM Admissions Offices on campus (Choose: graduate or undergraduate education*).

*Transfer students: Please consult our information for F-1 students transferring from another institution.

If you are interested in an Undergraduate Degree program, please read our International Application Guide and International Entrance Requirements.

If you are interested in a Graduate Degree program, please read more information on the Graduate College website.

Each admissions office is appropriately staffed with people who would be pleased to help you get to know more about UVM and the application process.


Due to current federal immigration regulations, you must provide accepted documentation of sufficient financial resources to cover a minimum of one year of academic and living expenses at UVM. This information can be submitted after you have been accepted to UVM.


Once you have been granted admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree program, OIE will email you further instructions and information on how to initiate the immigration process. If you have further questions regarding the student visa process, please contact your International Student Services Coordinator.

As a degree-seeking student, you will be issued an I-20. Once you have received your I-20, you will need to pay the appropriate fees and apply for your F-1 at the nearest American embassy or consulate. (Except students from Canada and Bermuda, who after paying the SEVIS fee will have their immigration documents upon entering the country with their form I-20).

Once you have been granted an F-1 visa stamp, you can enter the U.S. as an F-1 visa holder up to 30 days before the start date listed on your form I-20. The start date is normally the first day of International Student Orientation.

Applying for F-1 (or F-2) status

Arriving at UVM

Notify your International Student Coordinator of your flight, bus or train arrival if you would like someone to meet you at the airport, train or bus station. Please provide complete arrival information including: Airline, Flight Number and Arrival Time. UVM has a Buddy Program that pairs current students with newly arriving international students to help them get settled in Burlington.

Orientation: In addition, you are required to attend UVM's International Student Orientation.


Learn more about housing for international students.

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