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INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION

SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Non-immigrant international students may apply with Lordland University for the issuance of a Form I-20 as certificate of eligibility for admission by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to enable a student to apply for an F-1 Visa at their local U.S. Consulate or Embassy and enter the U.S. In addition to completing the general admission requirements, international students must submit the following:

  • Proof of financial ability in the form Bank or Financial Statements showing liquid funds or an Affidavit of Support to cover tuition and living expenses in the united States for one-year academic term.
  • Copy of diploma (provide a certified translation for non-English diploma).
  • English language proficiency screening. Refer to the section on English Proficiency Requirements.
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Copy of most recent U.S. Visa and latest I-94
  • For change of Visa Status applicants approved in the U.S., an I-797 F-1 Approval Form from the USCIS.
  • Payment of the corresponding I-20 processing fee.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

Lordland University does not provide any English language services, such as the ESL programs. The students whose native language is not English but wish to enroll in the classes conducted in English may be screened during the application process through an interview for basic understanding of English and written English abilities.

THE SCREENING PROCESS

The Director of Administration will screen during the application process the students whose native language is not English but wish to enroll in the classes conducted in English in order to check the basic understanding and written ability of English. As needed, the Director of Administration may refer these students to the International Affairs staff for further screening through an interview.

International students may request an exemption from the language screening requirements if they:

  • Are a native English speaker, or
  • Have earned an associate’s, bachelor’s master’s, or doctorate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or from a country where English is the official/primary medium or instruction.

EVALUATION OF DIPLOMA AND TRANSCRIPTS

All applicants who have completed degree outside of the United States are required to submit a general/basic credential evaluation report. In order to evaluate, an applicant must submit the original diploma(s) and transcript(s) along with certified English translation, if the original documents are not in English. Failure to complete this requirement will affect your acceptance and the student may not e allowed to continue their study in the school.

SEVIS TRANSFER

International students currently on F-1 Visa with a valid Form I-20 issued by another school can apply to transfer and enroll in Lordland University by completing the general admission requirements, and upon obtaining an acceptance letter, request a transfer/ release of their Form I-20 from their previous school.

GUIDELINES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) of the USCIS places responsibility on the international student to understand and comply with program regulations. This section summarizes the responsibilities for F-1 students. Failure to comply with these responsibilities may jeopardize their F-1 status.

REGISTER FOR AND COMPLETE A FULL COURSE OF STUDTY

F-1 students are required to register and enroll in a full course of study each quarter. The following are the Lordland’s minimum unit requirements per quarter for F-1 students to maintain full-time registration for each level of study:

Under certain circumstances, F-1 students may be authorized to enroll for less than a full course of study and still meet program regulations for maintaining status. The student should meet one of the criteria, consult with and obtain approval from the Academic Dean and/ or provide medical documentation.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Students must notify the Registrar’s Office if they do not intend to register in a given quarter. Students can apply for a Leave of Absence (non-medical) after attending three consecutive quarters. If you are completing your program, you may not take your final quarter as vacation. Any student who does not register for the next quarter after the expiration of a Leave of Absence must apply for readmission and is subject to all current academic and administrative policies and procedures, including any new degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

COMPLETE PROGRAM BEFORE I-20 EXPIRES

An F-1 student has permission to study in the United States up to the expected completion date as indicated on the Form I-20.

I-20 PROGRAM EXTENSION

To request for an extension, the student must demonstrate that additional time is needed because of compelling academic reasons or a documented medical illness. An F-1 student who requires additional time to complete a program should consult with the administrative office to apply for an extension one month before their Form I-20 expires. Students are allowed a maximum of one-year extension of their I-20.

GRADUATION

Graduate Candidates, students who have 1-2 quarters to study before graduating, should submit the Application for Graduation to register for the Commencement Ceremony.

International students have a 60-day grace period after graduation to either:

  • Leave the United States
  • Change to another Visa status
  • Or being a new program

All graduates are considered Lordland Alumni.