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Rudolf Steiner College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students and welcomes international applicants who wish to study Waldorf education in the United States.
International students work with the International Student Advisor to ensure they meet and follow all the federal requirements. International Students in the Summer Modality are strongly encouraged to obtain F-1 visa status. The International Student Advisor cannot advise nor assist students who enter the US using a tourist visa status.
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If you are not sure whether or not you are an International Student, please contact the International Student Advisor: 916-963-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International applicants must meet the same Admissions Requirements and follow the same admission procedure as domestic students, including language proficiency and evaluation of non-US transcripts.
Once accepted by RSC, international students must submit additional forms related to their visa and to medical requirements. The forms are attached below.
Visa Related: International students seeking enrollment must be issued an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. To obtain an F-1 visa, the student must have a Form I-20, or "certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant student status" issued to them by a college or university via SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor System*). RSC can only issue I-20s to accepted students after the following two forms have been submitted: Certification of Funds Form and I-20 Information Form.
Certification of Funds Form
Once accepted by RSC, international students must submit a completed Certification of Funds Form. After filling out the form, international students will have calculated an estimate of total funds needed for the first academic year. The incoming student will need to show proof of funds for this amount to RSC, to the US Embassy or Consulate, and possibly to Customs and Border officials at the port of entry.
Information on tuition, fees and expenses supplied on the Certification of Funds Form and tuition sheets by the College are for single students.
If any dependents are accompanying the student, funds calculations will need to include estimated living expenses of $450/month per additional person.
Current bank statement showing sufficient funds must be submitted with the form and include
Financial institution’s name
Account holder name
Account balance and Currency
Dated within 6 months or less
Be in English, or include a translation
If the bank statement does not have the incoming student’s name on it, but is from a sponsor, then a letter of support from the sponsor (or owner of the bank account) must be submitted with the Certification of Funds Form.
If dependents will be attending private school or require day care, the tuition for this must also be included on the Certificate of Funds Form.
I-20s cannot be issued without evidence of sufficient funds.
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid or scholarships.
I-20 Information Sheet
In this form, the accepted student provides basic biographical information about themselves and any dependent family members coming with them to the US. The information is used by RSC to issue an I-20 for the new student and for each dependent listed on the form.
Please Note: dependents of the student are spouses and children under 21. Spouses or children accompanying F-1 students are issued an F-2 Visa.
Health Insurance Related: International Students are required to carry Health Insurance. Please fill out and submit the Medical Requirements Form.
The steps to obtaining an F-1 Student Visa are:
International students with an F-1 visa may transfer from another U.S. college to Rudolf Steiner College. They must inform their current international school advisor of the transfer prior to the end of term. For further information, contact the Admissions Office.
International students at RSC wishing to transfer to another institution must contact the Admissions Office. In this case, the College will furnish documents regarding student status to other institutions without charge.
International students on an F-1 visa must follow immigration regulations as outlined by the U.S. government. In order to maintain F-1 student status, international students at RSC must be registered for at least 9 credits per term in the Residential Modality. International students who drop below 9 credits per term without the proper authorization will be considered out of status and must leave the U.S. immediately. International students who interrupt their studies for any reason may affect their student status and visa.
The College is required to report to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) any discrepancies or changes to the above as well as:
International students who graduate from the Waldorf Teacher Education Program may work in a Waldorf school for one year after their education. Students must apply for “optional practical training” in May during their second year of education, and must contact the Admissions Office to pursue this option.
*What is SEVIS: In January 2003, the U.S. government initiated the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System, or SEVIS. This is an on-line database created by the U.S. government to permit immigration officials to access current information recorded by U.S. colleges and universities on non-immigrant students holding F, M, and J visas. The purpose of the system is to provide the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with information regarding international students' local and permanent addresses, authorized employment activities, and current registration status. It also permits colleges and universities to create and update student I-20s.