International Undergraduate Student Application Checklist
If you have questions about this application process, contact
Juliana DeLuca Daugherty
Director of Orientation and International Students
**Please Read This Entire Checklist Before Completing the Undergraduate Application Forms**
Please fill out all forms and submit them with all the necessary documents to this office by March 1 for the Fall semester and September 1 for the Spring semester. We cannot begin to process your application until we have received all of these forms.
_____ 1. Application for Admission
_____ 2. Application Fee
_____ 3. Academic Records
_____ 4. English Translations of Academic Records
_____ 5. Academic History Ladder
_____ 6. Required Standardized Tests
_____ 7. Letters of Reference
_____ 8. Certification of Finances
_____ 9. Affidavit of Financial Support
_____10. International Student Information Sheet
All of the above must be submitted without exception before we will begin to process your application. Prospective students will be considered for admission only if all the above documents arrive at this office by the required deadlines. Documents arriving late will automatically be considered for the semester immediately following.
Explanation of the Application Documents
- Application: The Application for Admission must be filled out, in English, completely and accurately. Because of the time required to complete processing of the application, and for the student to make visa and financial arrangements, deadlines have been established, after which applications cannot be processed. The deadline for Fall Semester Admission is March 1 and for Spring Semester Admission is September 1. The care with which you follow the application instructions may be a factor in the admissions decision. International students are considered to be undergraduates if the applicant has not earned a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
- Application Fee: Each application for admission must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $150 (In US dollars), which can be in the form of a bank check or money order. An application will not be processed without the application fee. If you find it difficult to submit the application fee because of currency restrictions in your country, we suggest that you request a friend or relative in the United States to submit the fee on your behalf. You may also wire funds directed toward the University's Account by printing the Instructions for wiring Funds to Franciscan University form and taking it to your bank.
- Academic Records: Consideration of an application for admission cannot be given until the Office of International Programs receives all required credentials. Proper transcripts (or certificates) must be submitted of all academic records or examination results documenting each year of study from the first year of secondary school and for all post-secondary or university-level work; these documents must be signed by the appropriate school official. Only original or certified copies will be accepted. Original documents will be returned upon request.
Send the application and all credentials to:
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Office of International Student Services
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952 - 1763
- English Translations: If official credentials are in a language other than English, a certified English translation must be included. One option is World Education Services, which provides academic credential evaluation services for a fee. For more information on their services, visit their website at www.wes.org.
- Academic History Ladder: The Academic History Ladder is a list of your entire educational history, including the schools you have attended, the dates attended, the school location, and the type of diploma or certificate granted at the completion of each level. Because different countries have different educational systems around the world, it is often difficult to evaluate the documents precisely. For that reason, we request that you provide a year-by-year account of your educational experience. Official copies of secondary/high school and college/university documents should be sent with this form and include an official English translation. At your request, official copies will be returned after they have been evaluated. Primary/elementary certificates or transcripts are not needed to accomplish the Academic History Ladder. Download the Ladder here.
- Required Standardized Tests: Unless English is the native language of your country, all applicants must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
If you are taking the paper-based test, the minimum score required is 550.
Note: This evidence of proficiency must be provided regardless of the language of instruction.
If you are taking the computer-based test, the minimum score required is 213.
If you are taking the internet-based test, the minimum score required is 80.
International students who come to the University from some English-speaking countries may be required to submit TOEFL scores. Although English is the lingua franca of many countries, some students from English-speaking countries arrive at Franciscan University with minimal English language skills. Please contact the International Student Services Office at Franciscan University as soon as possible to determine whether you are required to submit TOEFL scores with your application materials.
TOEFL information and registration forms are available in many locations outside the United States, usually at U.S. embassies and consulates, the offices of the U.S. Information Agency, and other U.S. educational commissions and foundations. Candidates who cannot obtain information locally on TOEFL, SAT, or ACT should write: Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540, U.S.A., or visit the web site at: www.ets.org.
Applicants who are not required to submit TOEFL scores must submit scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). These scores will assist us in academic advising.
- Letters of Reference: Two letters of reference are required and must be submitted by persons not related to you by birth or marriage. It is preferred that these letters are completed by the headmaster or principal of your secondary school or teachers or professors who have good knowledge of your past academic work. Download the Letter of Reference standard form.
- Certification of Finances: The purpose of the Certification of Finances is to provide universities with complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants who wish to study in the United States. This form will be necessary both for Franciscan University records and as legal proof of finances for your visa interview with the U.S. Consulate. A Certification of Finances form must be filled out completely and accurately. Signatures are required, and bank statements must be submitted. It is very important that this form is filled out correctly.
Directions Notice: There are four sources of funds listed on the form: Personal or Family Savings, Parents, Sponsors, and Your Government. Next to the appropriate source, write the amount which that source has promised to give you, and make sure that support will last all four years.
After you have filled in the horizontal blocks, you must total the blocks vertically. The totals at the bottom of each column: First Year, Second Year, Third Year, and Fourth Year should each equal the total cost of attending Franciscan University, an estimated $30,486 US Dollars per academic year. These costs are subject to increase.
After the columns and rows are filled out completely, you need to complete “Section 9” which asks for signatures of bank officials to verify that the financial resources are available. You should be familiar with the regulations of your government about sending money to you in the United States and make arrangements to have the necessary funds available at the designated times. All checks for payment of tuition and fees should be made payable to Franciscan University of Steubenville in U.S. Dollars. Funds may also be wired through your bank. Instructions for wiring funds will be provided after acceptance to the University.
Download the Certification of Finances Form here.
- Affidavit of Financial Support: If you are able to secure a private sponsor to aid you with your educational expenses, you will need to have an Affidavit of Financial Support filled out by the sponsor. Your sponsor must provide documentation to prove his/her ability to support you financially. You will need to submit one affidavit for each sponsor. Download the Affidavit of Financial Support here.
- International Student Information Sheet: The International Student Information Sheet provides our office with your Passport and contact information. Download the International Student Information Sheet.
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Admission Application:The forms required for an international student to apply for admission to Franciscan University of Steubenville can be found on our web site. All forms must be completed in English. Please print in ink (or type) and be sure that the information given can be easily read. If there is insufficient space on any form, please use additional sheets of paper. It is important that you give complete and accurate information. The care with which you follow the application instructions may be a factor in the admissions decision. International students are considered to be undergraduates, if the applicant has not earned a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
Letter of Acceptance and Student Visa Information: If a student’s application for admission to Franciscan University of Steubenville is approved, an official letter of acceptance, a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), and a prerequisite for a visa interview form will be sent by the University to the accepted applicant. Admission is for a specific term. If the student is unable to enroll for the term indicated in the notice of acceptance, the International Programs Office must be notified. Under no circumstances should an applicant depart for the United States unless he/she has received an official acceptance letter, a Form I-20, and a visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in his/her home country. A student who arrives on campus without first receiving these documents does so at his/her own risk. A student’s presence on campus will not influence the decision of the Admissions Committee regarding his/her admission.
IMPORTANT: International students seeking to study in the United States are required to complete Form I-901 and pay a $200 usd SEVIS fee before they will be permitted to enter the country. Students who must obtain an F-1 visa to attend will need to complete the Form I-901 before they schedule their appointment with the U.S. embassy or consulate. To submit your Form I-901 and pay the $200 SEVIS fee, visit www.fmjfee.com
Financial Arrangements: An international student must show evidence that he/she is able to finance his/her tuition, room, board, books, and travel to and from the United States before an I-20 can be issued by the University. The student is also responsible for paying the costs associated with each subsequent semester or term at the time of registration for that particular semester or term. Before obtaining a visa and leaving his/her country, a student must be able to furnish the United States Embassy or Consulate with evidence that he/she has a minimum of the total U.S. currency (listed below) available for each of the academic years required for completion of his/her education. An estimate of your expenses for one academic year is as follows (updated May 25, 2012):
| Tuition & Fees (Full-time Undergraduate)
|| $ 21,740*
| Books (estimate)
|| $ 800
| Room and Board
|| $ 7,400
| Student Activity Fee
|| $ 440
| International Orientation Fee (one-time)
|| $ 190
| Required International Student Health Insurance
|| $ 1,188
* These are estimates for the 2012-13 year, and do not include travel expenses.
** Based on Tuition and Fees schedule found at: http://www.franciscan.edu/tuitionfinancialaid/costsandfees/
Prices are updated Annually
*Housing Deposit: New undergraduate international students must make a non-refundable seat deposit of $300 at the time of their acceptance to secure on campus housing. Each succeeding academic year, the housing deposit will be $25 payable prior to the spring housing fair. The housing deposit will be applied to your account for the Fall semester of the academic year.
Employment: According to the regulations of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), those who enter the country with “F-1” student visas may not accept off-campus employment. This regulation does not apply to on-campus work-study programs that are available. Dependents of students are not allowed to work under any circumstances. Please do not expect to work in order to meet educational expenses.
International Student Health Insurance: The U.S. government requires that all international students have health insurance while studying in the United States. The U.S. Government does not finance health care for its citizens and a simple visit to the emergency room of a hospital can easily cost $1,000 or more. You would be liable for all costs, if you do not have medical insurance coverage.
Franciscan University requires all international students to carry insurance through Lewer Insurance Agency. Having studied various insurance plans, the University has found this company to be best suited to students’ needs. The cost of the insurance premium, approximately $1,188 per year, is automatically charged to the international student’s account. This is done in order to ensure that all students are medically covered when they arrive in the United Sates. Enrollment for Lewer Insurance will take place during orientation. For more details:
*Please note: Lewer does not cover any expenses with regards to immunizations. Immunizations are considered “Preventative care”. Lewer is an accident and sickness plan. Franciscan will require you to show proof of immunizations records upon acceptance. You will be responsible for any charges associated with obtaining required immunizations.
Passports, Visas, and Arrival in the United States: Should you be accepted, an I-20 authorization form will accompany a letter of acceptance to the University. Before departing for the United States, you should present these to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You should request a multiple entry (not a single-entry) visa, since you may wish to visit non-U.S. countries during your stay in the U.S. DO NOT come to the University with a B-1/B-2 (tourist) visa.
REMINDER: International students seeking to study in the United States are required to complete Form I-901 and pay a $200 usd SEVIS fee before they will be permitted to enter the country. Students who must obtain an F-1 visa to attend will need to complete the Form I-901 before they schedule their appointment with the U.S. embassy or consulate. To submit your Form I-901 and pay the $200 SEVIS fee, visit: www.fmjfee.com