Student Life: International Students

Steps For Obtaining Your I-20 and Visa


Requirements For Non-Residents NOT CURRENTLY IN THE US

  1. You must be accepted to one of our degree programs. You will be notified in writing of your acceptance. You must take this acceptance letter with you to the consulate office or embassy when you apply for your visa.
  2. You must complete the Certification of Finances (PDF) form and return it to SIT.
    Your Certification of Finances must demonstrate and document that you have sufficient funds to pay the expenses related to your education in the US and return home at its conclusion.
  3. You must mail or fax a copy of your passport to the SIT Graduate Admissions Office.
  4. SIT must have received payment for the first enrollment period for your degree program.
    This payment must include tuition, fees, insurance, and room and board if you plan to live on campus. You may deduct the first semester amount of your grant or scholarship awarded by SIT.   Note: A $200 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee will be added to the above total. This fee is required by the US Department of Homeland Security for all students applying for a student visa.
  5. We prefer that you send your payment by check or international money order directly to SIT.
    Please make the check payable to World Learning Please indicate your name and program on the check or in a letter sent with the payment. You should also notify your admissions counselor when you send payment, which will assist in the processing of your funds.
Certification of Finances and Payment can be sent to:

SIT Graduate Institute
Attn: Janet Hulnick, Director of International Students and Scholars
Kipling Road, PO Box 676
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676 USA

Credit Card Payment (PDF)

Another quick and easy way to make the payment is to use your VISA or MasterCard. To authorize payment you must give us the name on the card, the number of the card, the expiration date, the amount you wish charged to your card, and your signature if the request is made by letter or fax. Your request for us to charge your credit card can even be made by e-mail or over the telephone.

Wire Transfer Payment

You may also make your payment by wire transfer. This is a secure method of payment, but it can take up to four weeks for your student account to be credited. Please consider this option carefully if time is limited.

Once your Certification of Finances has been reviewed, your admissions counselor or the financial aid office can provide you with the details of the wire transfer process.

Requirements For Non-Residents ALREADY IN THE US

  1. You must be accepted to one of our degree programs.
    (See above)
  2. You must complete the Certification of Finances (PDF) form.
    (See Above)
  3. SIT must have received payment for the first enrollment period for your degree program.
    (See above)
    Depending upon your current immigration status, you may or may not have to pay the $100 required SEVIS fee.
  4. Photocopy the following and send the copy to the SIT Admissions Office:
    • The issue page of your passport (The page that states where and when your passport was issued.)
    • The page of your passport showing your current US visa
    • Your I-94 Card (The card you were given when you entered the US)
    • Your current I-20 or DS 2019
Deadlines for Receipt of I-20 Documents:

Due to the Department of Homeland Security's new requirements for processing I-20s and international student visas, we will need to receive all documents related to your I-20 by the following deadlines in order to issue the I-20:

Program Deadline for Receipt of All I-20 Documents
International Education Low Residency MA and Certificate programs April 15
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Low Residency MA program May 15
Fall Term Graduate Programs July 15

To assist you in your planning for graduate study at SIT, you may find completing the estimate of expenses worksheet (PDF) helpful. This document is for personal planning purposes only, so do not submit it to SIT.

For additional information concerning US Citizenship and Immigration regulations, and advice about obtaining a student visa, please contact SIT's International Student and Scholar Office at 802 258.3364.

Note for participants who come to the US on an F-1 or J-1 visa: SIT is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

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