General Process for Bringing Foreign Nationals to the University of Vermont
F-1 students sometimes need to extend their academic programs beyond their initial program end date. As an academic adviser of an international student, you may be asked to provide a letter in suport of a student's program extension request. For information on the criteria & form of this letter, please learn more about optional practical training (OPT).
Bringing an international student to your department to pursue a degree
The Office of International Education needs to receive:
- First two pages of the student's application (with biographical information)
- Acceptance letter from the Graduate College
- Financial information
- International students must prove that they have the ability to pay for one full academic year at UVM.
- This Funding can come from a department in the form of a scholarship or assistantship letter from the student (or family/friend/sponsor).
- If the student sends documentation of personal finances (typically a bank statement), a letter must accompan y that documentation from the owner of the account indicating that they are willing to use their funds to meet the student's educational expenses.
Once the OIE receives this information, we are able to create the Form I-20. With Form I-20 an international student is able to apply at a U.S.. Consulate or Embassy abroad for their F-1 student visa.