St. Andrews welcomes international students to join its campus. We have a long history of international students attending St. Andrews, as well as, a strong study abroad program. St. Andrews is located in southeastern North Carolina, USA. A map of North Carolina displays directions and proximity of St. Andrews to these major cities, as well as to airports in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, and Greensboro/High Point.
At St. Andrews you experience close relationships with your professors who know you by name. St. Andrews appreciates and respects world cultures. Five percent of our student body comes from 26 different countries each year. We welcome both domestic and international students who will contribute to our diverse academic and social community. There is truly an international flavor to St. Andrews.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATION PROCESS
St. Andrews welcomes international students whose previous courses of study and English proficiency have prepared them for a collegiate academic program. An international student who requires an F-1 (student) visa must apply through the international admission process. Applications must comply with the deadline dates below and must be complete before consideration for admission will be given.
When applying for admission, the student might wish to inquire at the US Consular Office in their home country about general immigration requirements he/she would need to meet if accepted for admission. An international applicant will also be required to give proof of financial responsibility for his/her education. This information will not be used in the admission process but is required in order to issue the I-20. Each enrolling student must also have adequate health and accident insurance.
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STUDENTS NEEDING AN F-1 VISA FOR THE FALL SEMESTER MUST FILE A COMPLETE APPLICATION BY MAY 1.
STUDENTS NEEDING AN F-1 VISA FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER MUST FILE A COMPLETE APPLICATION BY OCTOBER 1.
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International Students must submit a complete application before an admit decision is rendered. The application must include all items listed below:
When all of the above documents are received your application will be complete and an admit decision will be made. E-mail notification will follow communicating a conditional admit pending completion of final transcript evaluation and your I-20/visa requirements. Upon notification of admission you must:
FOREIGN CREDENTIAL EVALUATIONS
To ensure that your credentials are evaluated expeditiously, equitably, and according to US equivalency standards, it is required that you have your transcripts and academic credentials of all academic work completed outside of the US evaluated by an independent credential evaluation service. St. Andrews requires that all admitted international students use one of the following services:
WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES (WES)
Your I-20 will not be released until this completed evaluation is received.
World Education Services
Please contact WES at www.wes.org to begin the foreign credential evaluation process. Make sure you list St. Andrews Presbyterian College / Office of Admissions as a recipient of the foreign credential evaluation on the WES application. Once the evaluation is completed, WES will notify St. Andrews and forward the foreign credential evaluation electronically to St. Andrews Office of Admissions. Please follow the instructions as listed at www.wes.org . Applicable fees are payable to WES.
Elements of the Report
Credential Analysis identifies each credential in terms of its principal elements. The analysis includes country, name of credential, year awarded, school name, entrance requirements, program length, major/specialization, U.S. equivalency, and special remarks.
Course-by-Course Analysis indicates all subjects completed in connection with a specific program or credential at the post-secondary level. Included in each report are U.S. equivalent credits and grades, upper or lower division designations, course content, total number of credits, and GPA.
Allocation of Transfer Credits — When a transcript lists more than 10 to 12 courses for a given academic year, WES may allocate fewer than 3 semester credits for each subject in order to not exceed the standard U.S. annual load of 30 to 36 semester credits. The U.S. institution receiving the evaluation may, however, round up the credits per subject from 2 or 2.5 to 3 in order to facilitate the transfer of credits. Or, a decision may be made to combine credits within the same discipline. For example, two courses in Economics that have been allocated 1.5 credits each may be combined to yield a 3-credit course.
Upper/Lower Division Designation — In general, courses that correspond to those taken in the first two years of a U.S. bachelor’s degree program — mainly courses at the introductory and elementary levels — are considered lower division. The part of the curriculum that constitutes its more advanced component is considered upper division.
Accreditation — The status of a nationally recognized institution in another country is comparable to that of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
Academic Coursework in English — English language courses completed in non-English speaking countries are generally regarded as comparable to foreign language courses taught in the U.S. Accordingly, those courses may not be eligible for transfer as equivalent to undergraduate English courses.
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International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
Tel: 310-258-9451; Fax: 310-342-7086
Please contact IERF at www.ierf.org to begin the foreign credential evaluation process. Make sure you list St. Andrews Presbyterian College/Office of Admissions as a recipient of the foreign credential evaluation on the IERF application. Once the evaluation is completed, IERF will notify St. Andrews and forward the foreign credential evaluation electronically to St. Andrews Office of Admissions. Please follow the instructions as listed at www.ierf.org . Applicable fees are payable to IERF.
MINIMUM ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS REQUIRED
• For admission as a Freshman student
- A degree equivalent to a 4-year US high school diploma, with a US equivalent unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (or weighted of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale). An unweighted GPA is based on standard course work. A GPA may be weighted for successful completion of Advanced Placement (AP) or Honors (H) course work. AP/H course work must be designated as such by the institution at which the coursework is completed.
- High school transcripts must show evidence of course work completed in mathematics, social studies, science and languages (both native and foreign).
• For admission as a Transfer student
- For applicants with college/university level course work, a US equivalent cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale for college/university level courses.*
• For admission as a 2nd Degree Seeking student
- A degree equivalent to a 4-year US bachelor’s degree with a US equivalent GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.*
*Transfer Credits at St. Andrews
After you have applied and been admitted to St. Andrews, your college/university-level academic course work will be reviewed for transfer credit equivalency at St. Andrews.
Transfer credit equivalency for any college or university level work completed abroad, will be based on the foreign credential evaluation completed by external credential evaluation service.
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If English is not your native language, provide evidence of proficiency in the English language by submitting scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within 18 months of application. TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service; registration and information are available at www.toefl.org. OR by submitting scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within 18 months of application. Registration and information are available at www.ielts.org .
St. Andrews is required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services to certify that all international students accepted for full-time enrollment possess sufficient funds to meet their expenses, including tuition, room, board, fees, and transportation. An I-20 cannot be issued by St. Andrews until this requirement is met. St. Andrews requires the completion of the Financial Responsibility and Affidavit of Financial Support as part of the application process to meet this requirement and facilitate the issue of an I-20.
MINIMUM ESTIMATED TOTAL
When planning for study at St. Andrews, an applicant should be aware that financial aid resources are limited. A student and his/her family should expect to be primarily responsible for all their expenses. International students attending St. Andrews can expect the following expenses in U.S. dollars, in addition to travel costs, per academic year:
COSTS FOR FALL 2010-2011
(Mid August-Mid May, including fall and spring terms) Tuition .............
Comprehensive Fees (includes room and board) …..............…...….........
Insurance* & Books………………..………………….............................
Allowance for expenses during in-school vacation periods......................
|*An international student is required to purchase and maintain a minimum standard of health insurance as defined by the United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.). The policy must be with a company that has a claims office in the United States and is available through St. Andrews.|
These figures represent an estimate of a minimum budget and do not include transportation to and from this country or any extraordinary expenses. Costs in subsequent years are expected to rise, and the international student should allow for a yearly increase in planning his or her budget. We suggest you plan for a minimum increase of one thousand, and five hundred dollars ($1,500) per year in estimating the total educational costs.
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND AFFIDAVIT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT
You must submit the completed Statement of Financial Responsibility and the Affidavit of Financial Support forms as well as supporting bank/sponsorship statements along with your other application materials. Please keep copies of all financial documents to present to the US Consulate when applying for your visa. St. Andrews cannot issue Form I-20 or DS-2019 until the completed Statement of Financial Responsibility, Affidavit of Financial Support and bank statements/sponsor letters have been evaluated and determined to be adequate for funding of your studies. They will NOT be reviewed for admission consideration.
2. On-campus Work - An international student may apply for part-time work on campus, which would not conflict with his/her course of study. However, a foreign student can be placed in a job only if he/she does not displace a United States citizen. Therefore, positions are not guaranteed. It is not recommended that an international student work during his/her first year at the College. If placed in a campus job, a student could expect to earn approximately $1,800 per year that he/she could apply either to his/her college fees or to his/her personal expenses at the College. Additionally, an international student who works on campus must apply for and hold a US Social Security Number.
In order to facilitate the issue of the I-20 the St. Andrews Immigration Status Form is required at the time of application. It also allows students to change numbers.
St. Andrews is a partner with the WEGroup, World Education Group www.worldeducationgroup.com .
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