International applicants are those that are not U.S. citizens and have either obtained or in the process of obtaining some class of visa (typically an F-1 student visa). An international student will be classified as either an International Freshman or an International Transfer.
There are two immigration-related terms which you will see frequently: "entry visa" and "immigration status". The first term, entry visa, refers to the entry visa affixed or stamped in your passport that permits you to enter the United States. This stamp is obtained at a U.S. Consulate. Your entry visa is used only for entries to the U.S. and may expire during your stay with no repercussions. The second term, immigration status, reflects the most recent notation on your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, commonly known as the I-94 Card. Your immigration status is generally the same as your entry visa classification: F-1, B-2, J-1, etc. The I-94 Card you receive upon entering the U.S. is proof of immigration status (non-immigrant classification) in the U.S. and specifies the length of time one is permitted to stay. When you arrive in the U.S., the customs or immigration official will retain the Arrival portion of the I-94, make notes concerning the immigration status (non-immigrant classification) on the Departure portion, and either insert or staple the I-94 (Departure) Card into the passport, usually next to the page that holds the corresponding entry visa.
Applications from international students will not be considered until all materials, including WES or ECE evaluation, TOEFL or IELTS, and application fee have been received by the Office of Admissions. All documents and supporting materials must be sent to the Office of Admissions at least three months in advance of the students proposed entrance.
For information and applications for the ACT, apply online by using the registration form at http://www.act.org. For information and applications for SAT, apply online by using the registration form at http://www.collegeboard.org
Tuskegee University Institutional Test Codes:
SAT 1: 1813
International applicants must provide sufficient financial documentation reflecting their ability to fund their education while attending the University.
Various documents are required depending on the source of financial support to include the following:
If you have more than one funding source, provide documentation for each source.
In order to apply for a student visa to enroll into Tuskegee University, you must receive acceptance as a full-time student, and issued a Form I-20. The Form I-20 is to apply for F-1 Student Visa status at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence. If you are already in the United States, you must complete all appropriate forms for change of non-immigrant status or follow the procedures to transfer your F-1 status to the University.
Steps to Apply for F-1 Visa:
Your accompanying spouse and children may apply for F-2 Visa statuses as dependents. Provide sufficient financial documentation allowing for additional funding to cover their expenses.
Those who hold F-1 student visas are normally admitted to the U.S. for "Duration of Status (D/S)" by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP) which is the U.S. government agency responsible for administering regulations related to the entry of non-U.S. citizens. Under the terms of a student visa, you are required to pursue a full-time course of study during the academic year, August through May. For BCBP purposes, Tuskegee University commonly defines full-time study as those registered for 12 or more credits or one Residence Unit each semester.
Students in F-1 status may work on campus part-time (up to 20 hours per week) with the permission of the International Programs Office (IPO). A student may apply for permission to work off campus only after 9 months in F-1 status. This requires the prior written approval of the IPO and the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). Employment during either the academic year or the summer should not be considered a major means of support while at Tuskegee unless the University offers employment in the form of a teaching or research assistantship. Dependents holding F-2 status may NOT work under any circumstances.
A major academic and financial benefit for many students in F-1 status is eligibility to apply for various forms of practical training (employment directly related to your field of study). However, please note that one must be a full-time student in an immigration status appropriate for studying for at least the previous nine consecutive months to be considered for practical training. If you have questions, please contact the Tuskegee Univeristy Global Office (TUGO).