If I am coming from another country, what steps do I need to take?
You will apply to the STP like every other potential student. Fill out the STP application and send it to WMU with a letter of recommendation and a $50 non-refundable application fee if applying after January 15, 2013. If you have questions about the deadline, do not hesitate to contact the Program director.
On your application, indicate your nationality and the other necessary information. An immigration specialist from WMU will contact you with further information about the procedures you will need to follow to get a visa to come to the United States and study. Typically, you will have to apply to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country in order to get a visa to be able to come and study.
If I am applying as an international student (i.e., F-1 or J-1), how do I get a student visa to participate?
Apply to the STP and if you are admitted, the WMU International Admissions and Services will send you a Certificate of Eligibility Form (Form I-20 for F-1 students; Form DS-2019 for J-1 student exchange visitors) with which you may apply for a student visa. For more information on student visas see:
I am from a country that has a visa waiver agreement with the United States. Do I still need a visa to participate?
Yes, if you are taking classes in the United States, it is necessary that you get a student visa. According to U.S. immigration law, you cannot come on a tourist visa (the kind given in visa waiver situations) and be a full-time student at an American university.
I am an international student. Do I need to have insurance?
Medical insurance is required by WMU for all WMU international students. WMU provides insurance for international students at a prorated cost. For more information, go to the WMU page of aetnastudenthealth.com or email email@example.com.