International Students

International Students

Important Travel Precautions for International Students regarding recent events. Read HERE

Leaving your home and going to another country can be exciting but at the same time, it can also be challenging. San Ignacio University wants to fully develop your potential to help you fulfill your educational and professional goals.

8 CFR 214.3 (J)–This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien
students.

Application Requirements:

OBTAINING YOUR F1 VISA FROM YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

  • Applicants must prove that sufficient funds demonstrating full-tuition funds available along with living expenses capability to cover a minimum of one year (12 months) of tuition, fees, books, supplies, living, and any other necessary expenses during your studies. (Amounts must be in or converted to USD currency).
  • Affidavit of support form in case of a sponsor.
  • Present to school a photocopy of passport and I-94 if applicable
  • Persons applying for an F-1 visa with the initial I-20 will require payment of the SEVIS fee of $350 payable to the Immigration and Naturalization Service online.
  • Students are eligible to apply for an Optional Program Training (OPT) status, which allows them to work for a period of one year in the United States after completion of their undergraduate and or graduate programs.

 

Admission process:

  • A completed international Admission Form signed and dated.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $85.00 made payable to San Ignacio University.
  • Financial statement or certified bank letter in Englishdemonstrating full-tuition funds available along with living expenses capability to cover a minimum of one year (12 months) of tuition, fees, books, supplies, living, and any other necessary expenses during your studies. (Amounts must be in or converted to USD currency).
  • Affidavit of support form in case of a sponsor.

 

For Undergraduate Programs

  • Proof of high school diploma or a copy of the GED (General Education Diploma)translated into English.
  • Official transcripts in a sealed envelope must be submitted. All documents and educational credentials, if they are not in English and or don’t come from a USA institution, must be translated and evaluated by companies that are members of the national association of credential evaluation services (NACES).

For a complete list of approved evaluation services, please visit: www.naces.org

English Language Proficiency Requirements

The University requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English.

A high school diploma completed at an accredited/recognized high school (where the medium of instruction is English).

A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows:

ESL Language Use: Score of 85

ESL Listening: Score of 80

ESL Reading: Score of 85

ESL Sentence Meaning: Score of 90

ESL Writeplacer: Score of 4

Comprehensive Score for all exams of 350

A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam;

A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge;

A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “C” or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English. A “B” or higher is required for master’s degree, first professional degree, or professional doctoral degree.

Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated. Scores may not be more than two years old. The University does not recognize any test not listed above.

 

Student exempted from English Proficiency requirement

• Completion of credit requirement from an accredited US post-secondary institution

• Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate level) or 12 credit hours (undergraduate level) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including at least one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for those credits, as well as the writing course, must not be lower than C-level.

• Completing an ESL program at an institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

• Completing an ESL program at San Ignacio University

• Provide an official high school diploma from a recognized institution within the United States.

 

For Graduate Programs

  • Copy of Bachelor's degree diploma or transcripts.
  • Official transcripts in a sealed envelope must be submitted. All documents and educational credentials, if they are not in English and or don’t come from a USA institution, must be translated and evaluates by companies that are members of the national association of credential evaluation services (NACES). For a complete list of approved evaluation services, please visit:www.naces.org

English Language Proficiency Requirements 

The University requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English.

Master’s Degree: A minimum total score of 60 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT); 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS); 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report; 100 on the Duolingo English Test; or 55 on the 4- skill Michigan English Test (MET), or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE),or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE). Scores may not be more than two years old. The University does not recognize any test not listed above.

 

OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT)

Students who successfully finish undergraduate and graduate programs are eligible to receive a work permit and a social security number through Optional Practical Training (OPT). The international student advisor of SIU will recommend an OPT as long as the student has met the following requirements:

  • The student has been lawfully enrolled as a full-time student at SIU for at least one year
  • The student has maintained an F-1 status
  • The student will work in a field directly related to the studies

*For OPT Full list of requirements, please contact the registrar office/ international student coordinator.

 

TRANSFERRING YOUR I-20 TO SIU

Transfer students are always welcome at San Ignacio University. Students who wish to transfer to San Ignacio University must meet the following admission requirements (listed under admission process):

  • Applicants must prove that sufficient funds are available for full-tuition along with living expenses capable of covering a minimum of one year (12 months) of tuition, fees, books, supplies, living, and any other necessary expenses during your studies. (Amounts must be in, or converted to USD currency)
  • Affidavit of support form in case of a sponsor.
  • A photocopy of passport and I-94 if applicable.

Once the prospective student has met all the admission requirements above and is admitted into SIU:

  • The student and their current school must fill out the transfer form.
  • Once the I-20 has been released to SIU; we will issue a new I-20 and the student will begin classes in the following term.

 

Forms 

Attendance Policy

F-1 Student Policy

F-1 Student Visa Admission Requirement

Letter Request

Maintaining Status

Reduced Course Load English or Academic

Reduced Course Load Medical

Travel Signature Request

Concurrent Enrollment Form

F-1 Travel and Re-Entry

OPT Requirements

OPT Request Form

 

Contact Information

Registrar’s Office / International Student

Campus: 3905 NW 107th Ave, Suite 301, Miami, FL 33178

jgonzalez@sanignaciouniversity.edu
305-629-2929 x 4024

Admission Office 

admissions@sanignaciouniversity.edu
305-629-2929

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