Incoming & Current International Students
Welcome to St. Francis College!
The information below will help you through the pre-arrival process.
During this process, you will request an I-20, pay the I-901 SEVIS fee, obtain a student visa, bring family (if applicable), get health insurance, secure housing, arrive to SFC, and attend orientation. If at any point you have questions about the process, do not hesitate to contact your international student advisor who can help through every step of the way.
We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
- Getting an I-20
- I-901 SEVIS Fee
- Applying for a visa
- Health insurance
- Bring your family (spouse and/or children)
- Getting to SFC
Each international student who wishes to study at St. Francis College must first receive a Form I-20, which is the key form for your F-1 student visa application. In order to receive an I-20, you must first be admitted to SFC and provide financial support to cover, at least, the total cost of attendance for the first year of attendance. The total cost of attendance can be found below.
|2019/2020||Tuition and fees||Living expenses*||Total|
*Estimated living expenses
**The tuition and fees for graduate students is calculated at $1,000/credit. The calculation of $16,000 is for full-time enrollment (16 credits) for one academic year. This cost will increase should you decide to enroll in more than the minimum amount of credits legally required for graduate students, eight (8), each semester.
In order to receive an I-20, you need to submit the following:
Students will need to email a copy of the biographical page of their passport. This is to ensure that SFC has the correct spelling of a student’s name and the correct date of birth.
International Student Information Sheet
This form is needed to show where the student was born, what country/ies they hold citizenship, where they currently live, and information where to mail the I-20 once completed. Most of the information on this form will be entered into the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the database used to create the I-20 and monitor international students.
Affidavit of Support
This form is to be filled out by the student’s sponsor(s), who will be providing financial support for their educational/living expenses while at SFC.
- The total cost of attendance at St. Francis College is $43,188 ($26,188 for tuition and fees and $17,000 for living expenses) for undergraduate students and $33,000 ($16,000 for tuition and fees and $17,000 for living expenses) for graduate students per year.
- International students may be eligible for academic and/or international scholarships.
- The amount that needs to be covered by the sponsor(s) is the difference between the scholarships (academic, international, athletic, or other) a student may receive and the total cost of attendance ($43,188).
- This amount is proven through an affidavit of support and bank statements from one or more sponsors. If a student has more than one sponsor, each sponsor would need to submit an Affidavit of Support and bank statements.
Affidavit of Support-Free Room and Board
This form is to be submitted only by those students who have a “housing sponsor” who is either an owner of a real estate property (apartment, house, condo, etc.) or a person leasing a real estate property in the New York City metropolitan area.*
- In order for the College to accept this affidavit of support, a student’s sponsor will need to complete this form, submit their proof of domicile (lease or deed), and prior year’s tax statements or 3 months of earning statements. Both of these documents are mandatory in order for the student to receive the Form I-20.
- This form, AOS-Free Room and Board, is equivalent to $17,000 in cash support for the undergraduate/graduate student and thus, does not need to be shown on the bank statement from potential sponsors.
*The New York City metropolitan area is considered to be within a 70 mile radius of SFC.
Once completed, all documents may be emailed directly to Grayson Savoie, Assistant Director of International Student Programs and Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. When the I-20 has been generated by St. Francis College, you will receive an email from us with the tracking number and what to do next.
Students transferring to another institution within the U.S. are not required to pay it. If you receive a new SEVIS ID, you will have to pay the fee again. Unless in certain circumstances.
Under these circumstances, you may be eligible to transfer to SEVIS fee payment to your new SEVIS ID.
The F-1 student visa is permission in your passport to enter the United States. Canadian citizens are not required to have an F-1 visa to enter the U.S.
You can only apply for a visa outside the United States at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It is recommended that you apply for the visa in the country of your permanent residence.
It may be possible to apply for a visa in another country that is not your home country. This is called a “Third Country National (TCN).” Not all embassies and consulates accept TCN applications. Make sure to check with the embassy or consulate where you plan to apply.
You may be taking a risk applying for a visa outside of your home country. For example, if there are delays in processing, you would be required to stay in that country and wait for your visa to be approved before attempting to enter the U.S.
F-1 visas may be issued up to 120 days before your program start date.
- Complete the DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160 Frequently Asked Questions)
- Make visa appointment
- Prepare documents
- Passport: your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States
- DS-160 confirmation page
- Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
- Photo: you will upload your photo while completing the online DS-160. If your photo upload fails, you must take one printed photo explained in the photograph requirements
- I-20: signed by your DSO and you issued by St. Francis College
Additional documentation may be required:
- Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, etc. from schools you attended
- Standardized test scores required by St. Francis (SAT, ACT, etc.)(if applicable)
- Your intent to depart the United States after completing your program
- How you will pay for all educational, living, and travel costs
- Learn appointment expectations
Obtaining an F-2 visa
An F-1 student’s dependent who are required to have a valid passport and visa for entry to the United States must apply for F-2 visas at their home country’s U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Each applicant must present the consular officer with a dependent Form I-20 and other documents that may be required to demonstrate eligibility for F-2 status, such as proof of relationship to the F-1 student and evidence of financial resources to support the dependents while in the United States. For additional information about what is required for a visa appointment, refer to the appropriate consulate or embassy website.
Once an F-2 visa is issued, the F-2 dependent would show their I-20, passport, and visa upon entering the United States. They are able to remain in the United States for as long as the F-1 student remains in ACTIVE status.
One of the important elements of your preparation for studies at St. Francis College is to secure health insurance. An important thing to note, the health insurance industry is not public (not provided by the government). Also, as an F-1 student, health insurance is not required, but recommended.
Neither St. Francis College nor the U.S. government will assume responsibility for any sudden illness or injuries during your academic studies in the United States.
Since health care in the United States is very expensive, we strongly encourage you to purchase a policy that will cover your medical expenses while studying. You should know that a doctor’s visit alone, even for minor things such as a sore throat, could possibly cost you $300 or more and an emergency room visit could be $500 or more.
Many companies offer private healthcare. Find the best company that meets your health coverage needs.
When adding a dependent to an F-1 student’s I-20, a new I-20 must be made for the student (F-1) and a separate one for each dependent (F-2) showing the names and additional expenses required.
To generate a new I-20 for the student and their dependent(s), International Student Programs and Services will need the following:
- Proof of funding showing you have access to $10,000 for your spouse and $5,000 for each child
- Dependent information form:
- dependent first and last name ○ dependent’s date of birth (month/day/year)
- dependent’s country of birth ○ dependent’s country of citizenship
- dependent’s gender ○ whether dependent is a child or spouse
- Marriage certificate for spouse (translated to English, if not already in English)
- Birth certificate for each child (translated to English, if not already in English)
- Passport for each dependent
The mission of the Office of Residence Life and Housing is to provide inclusive communities that engage students in exceptional living and learning experiences within a welcoming, safe, clean, and well-maintained environment that fosters a sense of belonging and that encourages and supports the academic and personal success of residential students.
The residence hall is located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights at 55 Clark St. You can explore a vibrant and safe area that includes shopping and a selection of distinct restaurants. A short walk to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Down along the waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park offers a variety of events including: free movies, athletic events, and a walking/running path along the piers overlooking the East River.
All single, double, and triple rooms are fully furnished with private bathrooms, high-speed internet, a television, and a refrigerator.
SFC provide housing for students from early September through final exams in May.
Current housing rates for 2019/2020 academic year
|Weller Double Room||$15,300|
|Studio Double Room||$15,300|
|Weller Triple Room||$14,000|
|Studio Lofted Triple Room||$14,500|
|Studio Triple Room||$14,500|
SFC Residence Life and Housing also offers optional meals plans. New to the 2019/2020 academic year, SFC has partnered with Park Plaza Restaurant to offer affordable meals options through one of two different meal plans.
Current meal plan rates per semester
Visit SFC Residence Life and Housing for more information on housing rates, meal plans, and how to apply for both.
You may also choose to live elsewhere in New York City and the surrounding area. Before searching for housing on your own, be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) put out by the NYC Rent Guidelines Board so that you know your rights as a renter. In addition, check out the off-campus housing resources below.
- New York Next
- No Fee Rentals
- Apartment Guide
- Naked Apartments
- Rent Hop
These above mentioned resources (housing websites and guides) resources have no affiliation with St. Francis College. Therefore, we do not endorse any specific site nor do we vet any of the listings provided. When conducting your search, please be aware of scams, do not send money before viewing an apartment, and be careful about the information you provide.
You have just received your visa and now you are planning your trip to the United States. What do you do now? The regulations state that you can only enter the United States up to 30 days before the start date on your I-20.
Check your start date and the earliest admission date! Do not enter before the earliest admission date or you may be asked to return after that date!
Similar to your visa interview, prepare your documents to be shown at the port of entry.
These will include:
- I-901 SEVIS fee payment receipt
- Copies of the financial documents of your sponsors
- A copy of your admission letter
As you already know, we are located in the greatest borough (Brooklyn) in the greatest city (New York City) in the world. The three airports close by are:
There are many options for you to get to SFC from these airports.
Our address is:
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
When you arrive
After you have arrived in Brooklyn, check in with your international student advisor. To do this, you will need the following:
- Your most recent I-94
- Copy of your visa and admission stamp
Copy of page 1 of your I-20 with your signature
International student orientation
At the beginning of each semester, fall and spring, St. Francis College will host an International Student Welcome and Orientation. At this orientation, you will have a chance to meet incoming international students, learn about adjusting to New York City and the American classroom, and have fun while eating and winning prizes.
Orientation is mandatory for all incoming international students. You will also have an opportunity to learn basic immigration rules and regulations and get to ask plenty of questions.
On your orientation registration form, you will also need to list a local address and local phone number (if you have one) in order to be “registered” as ACTIVE in the SEVIS database.