Coleman University offers admission to those who have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their professional fields. To ease the transition of attending school in a new country, Coleman University’s International Admission Officers (IAO) are here to assist you. The IAOs are the university’s Designated School Officials (DSOs) and are authorized to issue and update the form I-20. Your IAO will help you with the application and admission process, student visa and immigration procedures. The San Diego campus will host a new student orientation for International students, to introduce you the university community and address any additional questions.
International Graduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions Requirements and Procedures
Coleman University requires graduate applicants to demonstrate their ability and intent to complete a Master in Business Administration, Master in Business Administration with emphasis in Health Care Management, or Master of Science Information Systems Management.
Please submit the following so we can process your application. We must receive the following documents prior to issuing the I-20:
- APPLICATION FORM. An application form must be completed, signed, dated and returned to the university. The application can be mailed to the university or scanned and returned via email (download application).
- OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. Students must provide proof of graduation from a bachelor’s degree and proof of attendance. Transcripts issued by colleges or universities outside of the United States must be translated and/or notarized by a certified educational credential service such as www.eres.com or www.ece.org or www.wes.org or www.ierf.org (these agencies charge a fee and are not affiliated with Coleman University).
- TRANSLATIONS: Official academic records and/or transcripts must be issued in the language of instruction and accompanied by official English translations. Upon admission to Coleman University, all documents must be submitted in sealed envelopes from the school or translation service. Acceptable documentation includes: originals issued by the university bearing the original stamp or seal and the signature of the authorized official; or official literal (word for word) English translations issued by the degree granting institution. Translations prepared by a certified educational credential service must be prepared from official copies of your academic records or degree certificate, in the original language. The following is a sample listing of the transcript evaluators:
- INTERNATIONAL PROCESSING FEE. A $3000 processing fee is due to the university before it will issue an I-20. The institution will accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Students may also wire-transfer money directly to the institution. An International Admissions Officer can provide wiring instructions. The University must receive the above listed documents prior to issuing the I-20 and acceptance letter
- STATEMENT OF INTENT. Explain your goals in a graduate program that will lead to your MBA, MBAHC, or MSISM. This must be a one- page typed, double spaced essay.
- RESUME. Describe your educational background and work experience skill set, which makes you a good candidate for the graduate program.
- ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. Students who hold a degree from an English-speaking country may be exempt from the English language proficiency requirement depending on the duration and success of their previous studies. Coleman University does not require the GMAT or GRE for admission, and the TOEFL is waived if applicants can show other means of English proficiency. All international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receive a score of 500 or above, or 60 on the Internet Based Test (IBT), and minimum of 6 on the IELTS.
- AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT. Applicant and sponsor(s) must fill out the affidavit of support form (download from uscis.gov/i-134). Bank letter must be in English.
- OFFICIAL/ORIGINAL BANK LETTER. The financial guarantee is a letter or certificate from your bank (or sponsor’s bank) in English showing at least $18,600 USD. Student is advised to obtain two copies of the bank letter from the bank. U.S. Financial Aid not available to International Students.
- COPY OF PASSPORT. A photocopy of passport.
Please send all application materials to:
8888 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
- TRANSFER EVALUATION FORM. Only for students who currently hold an F-1 visa. You must be released from SEVIS by your school before we can issue the I-20.
- PHOTOCOPY OF CURRENT I-20 FORM, or other VISA type. Only for students who are currently studying in the U.S.
World Education Services (WES)
PO Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274, USA
Education Credential Evaluators (ECE)
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470, USA
International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
PO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231, USA
American Translators Association (ATA)
225 Reinekers Lane, Ste. 590
Alexandria, VA 22314
International transfer students who are currently attending school in the U.S. also need to submit the following:
CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING
An F-1 student may be authorized by the DSO/PDSO to participate in curricular practical training as an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the university. Students enrolled in CPT must complete an additional five units of study. Graduation requirements for students participating in the Curricular Practical Training include five 1 unit courses, with deliverables about the nature of their employment. CPT must relate to your major and the experience must be part of your program of study. CPT can be full time and is not restricted by a weekly 20-hour work limit. Attendance will be monitored during CPT.
CHECKLIST FOR NEW U.S. (F-1 VISA) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
After Receiving Your Form I-20 (certificate of eligibility)
- Review the personal and program information on page one of your I-20 to ensure accuracy
- Email your IAO to confirm receipt of your I-20. Report any necessary changes to your advisor immediately to obtain a corrected form.
- Complete your I-20 by printing your name, and signing and dating the form on the bottom of page one.
- Read the rules and regulations on page two of your I-20 carefully, as you are responsible for understanding the regulations you agree to when signing the I-20 and entering the U.S. as an F-1 student.
- Check with the embassy/consulate for specific regulations.
Provide Payment for Your SEVIS I901 Fee within 30 Days of Obtaining the I-20
- Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee by mail or online. Refer to the SEVIS I-901 fee instructions, located in the I-20 package.
- Find your SEVIS ID number on page one in the upper right-hand corner of your I-20.
Apply for the F-1 Student Visa (if applicable)
- Contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country for information on how to apply for an F-1 student visa. Allow sufficient time to receive your visa, as it can take more than a month to process. Policies vary according to each embassy/consulate, as some will accept your visa application at any time, while others require you to schedule an appointment in advance.
- Apply for an F-1 student visa if you are not from a country that is participating in the visa waiver program.
- Email your IAO when you have received your F-1 Student Visa.
Make Your Travel Arrangements
- Book your flight to the airport closest to the campus upon receipt of your F-1 Student Visa. You may NOT enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date of your program listed on the I-20.
Notify Your IAO of Your Arrival
- Send your IAO an email confirming the date and time of your arrival.
- Your IAO will provide you with additional information about checking in and registering with the university.
You are responsible for following the guidelines set by your F-1 immigration status. Immigration rules and regulations change frequently, so it’s important that student stay in touch with their IAO’s and review U.S. government websites regularly.
SEVIS, Form I-20, and the F-1 Student Visa
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the interface through which schools communicate with the Department of Homeland Security information relating to prospective and current international students. Upon receipt of your application and supporting documents, the IAO will create a SEVIS record for you. Once you have been admitted and met all other qualifications, the IAO will use SEVIS to prepare and generate a Form I-20, the Certificate of Eligibility. The I-20 evidences your eligibility to be granted F-1 Student Visa Status and must be used to apply for your visa.
The I-20 evidences that you have met both the school’s and the government’s qualifications to be enrolled in the university and issued an F-1 Student Visa. However, discretion to issue the visa always lies with the Embassy or Consulate. Once you have received your I-20, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and receive proof of payment before arranging for your appointment for a visa interview. If you have applied to multiple schools and received more than one I-20, be sure to use the SEVIS number from the school you will attend when paying the I-901 fee. Payment for the SEVIS I-901 may be submitted online at www.fmjfee.com. Refer to the FAQ on the SEVIS I-901 fee (http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm) if you wish to pay through another method.
Once you have paid the I-901 fee, you may proceed to make your appointment for a visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate closest to you. At the Embassy or Consulate, you will typically be required to present an I-20, a current passport (at least 6 months after your proposed date of entry into the United States, one 2X2 photograph along with a completed application set for a nonimmigrant visa (DS-156, DS158 and DS-157 if you are a male applicant age between 16 to 45 years old), proof of sufficient funds for the duration of planned study, and proof of SEVIS I-901 fee payment. Each office has its own variations on these requirements, so be sure to carefully review their website for all requirements.
Once your application has been approved, you will be issued an F-1 Student Visa in your passport. This document evidences your eligibility to be admitted to the United States and must be presented along with your I-20 at the Port of Entry into the United States. Once you have been admitted to the United States, you will be issued a Form I-94 card (arrival departure record) that will indicate you have been admitted in F-1 status for “D/S”, or the duration of stay. At this point, you will be in F-1 status and subject to all the requirements and regulations of that status.
Maintaining Your F-1 Student Visa Status
There are many federal regulations that students in F-1 status must follow to maintain valid F-1 status. In addition to visiting the websites listed below, keeping in regular contact with your IAO to communicate any changes is the best way to ensure you maintain your F-1 Student Visa Status. Carefully review this material by visiting http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students/maintain-your-status. Some of the most important rules to follow are discussed below.
- Enter the United States no more than 30 days before your program of study begins
- Immediately contact your International Admissions Officer (IAO) when you enter the United States. When you arrive, you need to contact your IAO again, no later than the program start date listed on your Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.
- Attend and pass all your classes. If you are having difficulty, speak with your IAO immediately. We want to help you succeed.
- You must take a full course load each term.
Upon Program Completion
Take action to maintain legal status after completing your program of study.
You have 60 days after completion of your program (the program end date on your Form I-20) to transfer to another school, change your educational level, or apply to change to another status, or leave the United States.
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