INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ADMISSIONS

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OFFICE

The International Student Office (ISO) provides help and support to the international student body before, during, and after the completion of their academic programs at Stratford University. The International Student Office performs the following tasks:

  • Providing advice to prospective students about their academic options at Stratford.
  • Providing advice to prospective students about the Visa application process.
  • Issuing Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) to eligible applicants.
  • Providing pre-departure advice to ensure a safe and timely arrival in the United States.
  • Issuing Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authorization.
  • Issuing recommendation to USCIS for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization.
  • Providing information about transferring from another institution to Stratford University.

NEW STUDENTS

Follow these steps to successfully start your journey with Stratford University.

1. PREPARE YOUR PACKAGE

Getting started by preparing your application package

1. Copies of Academic Transcripts/Diplomas for all high schools/colleges/universities attended

• Graduate Program: Copy of high school diploma, copy of original university diploma and transcripts
• Undergraduate Program: Copy of original high school diploma

Note: In English or translated to English by a certified translator.

2. Proof of English Language Proficiency

• Copy of TOEFL (the cut-off score for TOEFL is 79 (IBT) or 213 (CBT)).

OR

• IELTS language test (the cut-off for IELTS is 6.5-band).

Waiver: This requirement is waived if your native language is English or if you have obtained a degree in an English-speaking country.

3. Proof of Financial Support

• Original or notarized bank statements OR balance certificates issued within the last six months that verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program, as well as all living expenses. Sufficient funds should be equal to or greater than (per academic year):

$20,365 for a graduate program (master’s degrees)
$21,985 for an undergraduate program (bachelor’s and associate’s degrees)

• Signed affidavit of financial support if the bank statements or balance certificates are in the name of your parents or someone other than the applicant.

• Proof of financial support requires that you have sufficient funds to pay your first academic year’s expenses. We encourage you to safely and quickly satisfy this requirement via FundsV if your bank (or your sponsor’s bank) is part of FundsV’s robust network of more than 3,500 financial institutions; confirm your bank’s participation at FundsV.com/page/banks. FundsV empowers bank account holders to point their online banking data to Stratford University’s International Student Office. You may also upload supporting documents to your FundsV profile (such as an Affidavit of Support). A nominal registration fee of $50 (US) entitles you to unlimited account balance verifications and access to your FundsV profile for 24 months. Your FundsV profile is accessible only to Stratford University, and does not satisfy the funds verification requirements of any other entity. Register Now!

Note: Original documents are required to demonstrate proof of financial support. Documents must be mailed to ‘Put address’ OR ‘put info about Funds V’.

4. Photocopy of student’s passport Inside cover and signature page

5. GRADUATE LEVEL: SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

• Two Recommendation Letters (academic, professional or personal) Required for graduate programs and undergraduate programs

6. GRE or GMAT test scores (for graduate school only)

Note: Stratford has not established pre-defined GRE or GMAT cut-off scores. The application package is reviewed as a whole (transcripts, test scores, work experience, life achievements) to determine your potential for academic success.

2. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE

• Once you have all the documents, you can complete the online application for admission.

• You can upload/attach the supporting documents at the end of the online application. If you are not able to attach your supporting documents at the end of online application, please email us directly isouaadmissions@stratford.edu. All documents are required to be in PDF format.

Any questions, please email: isoua@stratford.edu

3. ACCEPTANCE LETTER/I-20

After review of your academic and financial documents, Stratford will issue a letter of acceptance and Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). Expect to receive your I-20 in three to four weeks. Make certain to apply early so you have time to secure your Student Visa.

Both Acceptance Letter and I-20 will be sent to you via UPS. Make sure your contact information (home address, email and phone) in the application form are complete.

4. APPLYING FOR YOUR F-1 STUDENT VISA

The visa application process varies from one location to another, but in general you must complete the following:

• Pay the $200 SEVIS fee.

• Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) for the F1 student visa. You must upload a photo to the application. Read the photograph requirements. Don’t forget to print the application form and bring it to your interview!

• Pay the F1 visa application fee.

• Schedule your interview

5. PREPARE FOR YOUR VISA INTERVIEW

Our International Student Office (ISO) will help you prepare for your visa interview. You may schedule a skype call with one of our International Student Advisors by emailing us at: isoua@stratford.edu

Please contact us when you have paid the SEVIS fee and scheduled your visa interview appointment at the consulate. We will then schedule a Skype call with you to help you prepare for your visa interview!

The Consulate will provide a list of required documents, which you must submit. This list will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• Letter of acceptance
• Proof of financial support
• Form I-20
• Proof of SEVIS fee payment (Form I-901)
• Other supporting documents, which may be useful and are recommended by Stratford, include: statement of purpose, academic transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.

6. PREPARE FOR YOUR TRAVEL & REGISTRATION

You can arrive in USA up to 30 days before your program start.

Visit the International Student Office (ISO) for a campus tour, orientation and class registration (no appointment needed). It is strongly recommended that you contact the ISO department at your campus to inform them about your travel plans.

Be sure you understand your visa requirements to remain in good standing including maintaining a full course load, registering in in-person courses –not online, policies for STNA, CPT and OPT, among others.

The International Student Office (ISO) is a one-stop-shop. Come by the ISO at any time to request information or assistance with any topics related to your visa and your studies.

You are now ready to begin class!

NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FORMS & LINKS

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

After you have selected Stratford University and have determined that you meet the entrance requirements, enrollment is a simple process.

UNDERGRADUATE

Congratulations! You’ve made an important decision to earn your Bachelors or an Associate Degree. The steps outlined below will help you to complete Stratford University’s Undergraduate programs admission process.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS:

Complete the online form at Stratford University website or by clicking the link https://portal.stratford.edu/OnlineApp#/form/info. If you have previously applied, please contact your admissions advisor or email isofc@stratford.edu. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that must be paid online at the time of application.

TRANSCRIPTS:

Undergraduate students submitting international educational credentials must provide a clear color copy of High School or any Undergraduate course work,along with an official evaluation from an evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services – NACES.org) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators – AICE (http://www.aice-eval.org ), or completed by the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) own International Educational Services. Education credentials recorded in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation completed by one of the aforementioned agencies. The evaluation alone will not serve as a translation.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:

Applicants to Stratford University whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language.

Language proficiency may be shown by one of the following methods:

Document the minimum requirement on one of the instruments in the list below.

Type/Minimum Score
• Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) / 79
• TOEFL (written) / 550
• IELTS Band / 6.5
• Pearson PTE Academic / 54
• iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) / 3.9

Proof of graduation from a degree program at an institution of higher education in countries with English as the primary language; for example, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand may be eligible for a waiver of proof of English language proficiency. In addition, a copy of the corresponding visa must be included in order to verify the student attended the higher education institution in person and not online. Students who are already in the U.S. and will be joining Stratford University as a transfer student may be exempt from the language testing requirements. Change of status applicants are not required to submit proof of English proficiency.

A Medium of Instruction (MOI) Letter – A copy of a high school diploma or transcript which states the medium of instruction was English, or an official letter from the high school or university is certifying that English was the official language of instruction.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT DOCUMENTS:

All international students must provide an original or notarized bank statement/balance certificate issued within the last six months. If the document is not in the student’s name,they must also provide an Affidavit of Support (AOS) or a letter from their sponsor. Sources of support must be dependable sources. The University is unable to assume financial responsibility for its students, and there is no federal student aid available for international students. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to meet all expenses incurred while in the U.S.

Degree Level: UNDERGRADUATE
Tuition: $14,985
Living: $7,000
Total: $21,985

IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS:

All international students must provide an original or notarized bank statement/balance certificate issued within the last six months. All applicants are required to submit the copy of a valid passport. Applicants applying within the U.S. also need to provide a copy of visa and I-94.

Admitted students receive notification of their acceptance from the International Student Office. Notification of admission generally takes one to three weeks from the date the application is received. Applications received from within the U.S. may be processed within 24 to 48 hours.These packages include the acceptance letter, I-20, orientation information, and other information of value. These documents are mailed via UPS. Students interested in having their acceptance package mailed by expedited means should contact the University with credit card information. The cost for expediting documents can be found in the catalog addendum. With admission notification, proper documentation, and payment of Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVP) fees, students can apply for their F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country using the signed admission letter and an I-20 issued from Stratford University to support their visa request. Due to the implementation of SEVP, home country address, city of citizenship, and city of birth must be recorded before a student visa may be issued. The U.S. consulate issues an F-1 visa, which must be attached to the applicant’s passport.

Accepted students are required to report to the University no more than 30 days prior and no less than one week prior to the beginning of the first term of attendance. During this time, they receive advising, orientation, and complete the course registration process. All international students must be enrolled full-time on-campus study each term.

GRADUATE

Congratulations! You’ve made an important decision to earn your Master’s Degree. The steps outlined below will help you to complete Stratford University’s graduate programs admission process.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS:

Complete the online form at Stratford University website or by clicking the link https://portal.stratford.edu/OnlineApp#/form/info. If you have previously applied, please contact your admissions advisor or email isofc@stratford.edu. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that must be paid online at the time of application.

TRANSCRIPTS:

Graduate students submitting international educational credentials must provide a clear color copy of Bachelor’s Diploma/Degree, Bachelors Transcripts,High School Diploma along with an official evaluation from an evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services – NACES.org) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators – AICE (http://www.aice-eval.org ), or completed by the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) own International Educational Services. Education credentials recorded in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation completed by one of the aforementioned agencies. The evaluation alone will not serve as a translation.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:

Applicants to Stratford University whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language. Language proficiency may be shown by one of the following methods:

Document the minimum requirement on one of the instruments in the list below.

Type/Minimum Score

Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) / 79
TOEFL (written) / 550
IELTS Band / 6.5
Pearson PTE Academic . / 54
iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) / 3.9

Proof of graduation from a degree program at an institution of higher education in countries with English as the primary language; for example, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand may be eligible for a waiver of proof of English language proficiency. In addition, a copy of the corresponding visa must be included in order to verify the student attended the higher education institution in person and not online. Students who are already in the U.S. and will be joining Stratford University as a transfer student may be exempt from the language testing requirements. Change of status applicants are not required to submit proof of English proficiency.

A Medium of Instruction (MOI) Letter – A copy of a high school diploma or transcript which states the medium of instruction was English, or an official letter from the high school or university is certifying that English was the official language of instruction.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT DOCUMENTS:

All international students must provide an original or notarized bank statement/balance certificate issued within the last six months. If the document is not in the student’s name,they must also provide an Affidavit of Support (AOS) or a letter from their sponsor. Sources of support must be dependable sources. The University is unable to assume financial responsibility for its students, and there is no federal student aid available for international students. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to meet all expenses incurred while in the U.S.

Degree Level: GRADUATE
Tuition: $13,365
Living: $7,000
Total: $20,365

IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS:

All international students must provide an original or notarized bank statement/balance certificate issued within the last six months. All applicants are required to submit the copy of a valid passport. Applicants applying within the U.S. also need to provide a copy of visa and I-94.

Admitted students receive notification of their acceptance from the International Student Office. Notification of admission generally takes one to three weeks from the date the application is received. Applications received from within the U.S. may be processed within 24 to 48 hours.These packages include the acceptance letter, I-20, orientation information, and other information of value. These documents are mailed via UPS. Students interested in having their acceptance package mailed by expedited means should contact the University with credit card information. The cost for expediting documents can be found in the catalog addendum. With admission notification, proper documentation, and payment of Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVP) fees, students can apply for their F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country using the signed admission letter and an I-20 issued from Stratford University to support their visa request. Due to the implementation of SEVP, home country address, city of citizenship, and city of birth must be recorded before a student visa may be issued. The U.S. consulate issues an F-1 visa, which must be attached to the applicant’s passport.

Accepted students are required to report to the University no more than 30 days prior and no less than one week prior to the beginning of the first term of attendance. During this time, they receive advising, orientation, and complete the course registration process. All international students must be enrolled full-time on-campus study each term.

STRATFORD LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Congratulations! You’ve made an important decision to earn your Bachelors or an Associate Degree. The steps outlined below will help you to complete Stratford University’s Undergraduate programs admission process.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS:

Complete the online form at Stratford University website or by clicking the link https://portal.stratford.edu/OnlineApp#/form/info. If you have previously applied, please contact your admissions advisor or email isofc@stratford.edu. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that must be paid online at the time of application.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT DOCUMENTS:

All international students must provide an original or notarized bank statement/balance certificate issued within the last six months. If the document is not in the student’s name,they must also provide an Affidavit of Support (AOS) or a letter from their sponsor. Sources of support must be dependable sources. The University is unable to assume financial responsibility for its students, and there is no federal student aid available for international students. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to meet all expenses incurred while in the U.S.

Degree Level: UNDERGRADUATE
Tuition: $14,985
Living: $7,000
Total: $21,985

IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS:

All international students must provide an original or notarized bank statement/balance certificate issued within the last six months. All applicants are required to submit the copy of a valid passport. Applicants applying within the U.S. also need to provide a copy of visa and I-94.

Admitted students receive notification of their acceptance from the International Student Office. Notification of admission generally takes one to three weeks from the date the application is received. Applications received from within the U.S. may be processed within 24 to 48 hours.These packages include the acceptance letter, I-20, orientation information, and other information of value. These documents are mailed via UPS. Students interested in having their acceptance package mailed by expedited means should contact the University with credit card information. The cost for expediting documents can be found in the catalog addendum. With admission notification, proper documentation, and payment of Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVP) fees, students can apply for their F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country using the signed admission letter and an I-20 issued from Stratford University to support their visa request. Due to the implementation of SEVP, home country address, city of citizenship, and city of birth must be recorded before a student visa may be issued. The U.S. consulate issues an F-1 visa, which must be attached to the applicant’s passport.

Accepted students are required to report to the University no more than 30 days prior and no less than one week prior to the beginning of the first term of attendance. During this time, they receive advising, orientation, and complete the course registration process. All international students must be enrolled full-time on-campus study each term.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA

Stratford has not established pre-defined GRE or GMAT cut-off scores. The application package is reviewed as a whole (transcripts, test scores, work experience, life achievements) to determine your potential for academic success. Undergraduate students are not required to submit standardized academic test scores. Proof of financial support requires that you have sufficient funds to pay your first academic year’s expenses.

 

You must demonstrate language proficiency by taking either a TOEFL or IELTS language test. The cut-off score for TOEFL is 79 (IBT) or 213 (CBT). The cut-off for IELTS is 6.5-band. This requirement is waived if your native language is English or if you have obtained a degree in an English-speaking country.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

After review of your academic and financial documents, Stratford will issue a letter of acceptance and Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). Expect to receive your I-20 in three to four weeks. Make certain to apply early so you have time to secure your Student Visa.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OFFICE FORMS

The International Student Office has established procedures to help all international student remain in compliance with US immigration laws and regulations. The forms on this page are an important part of that process.

ISO REQUEST, CHANGE, AND AUTHORIZATION FORMS

Please make certain to complete these forms in a timely manner in accordance with guidelines provided by the ISO.

TUITION AND EXPENSES

USEFUL ISO WEBSITES

STRATFORD GRADUATES INNOVATE BY THINKING CRITICALLY FROM MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES.

International students must comply with a wide range of regulations. Visa and immigration regulations are managed by the Department of State and the US Immigration and Citizenship Service. Employment and taxation are managed by the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. Links to these four agencies is provided below. The first link is used to locate a US Consulate closest to your home for student Visa application submission.

 

IMMIGRATION AND VISA

EMPLOYMENT AND TAXATION

AUTHORIZED EMPLOYMENT

EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAMS MEETING THE NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS IN HIGH-DEMAND FIELDS.

Employment opportunities are available for international students both on- and off-campus. On-campus employment is available through a limited number of Stratford University part-time positions. Off-campus employment is available through two programs: Curricular Practical Training (available prior to degree completion) and Optional Practical Training (available after degree completion).

 

The Career and Student Services Office helps students locate employment and internships.

 

ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

A limited number of on-campus employment opportunities are available within selected departments of the University. All on-campus employment is coordinated by the Human Resources Department within the school.

International students, who are taking a full-time course load and have completed at least one term, are eligible to work on-campus up to 20-hours per week. In order to qualify, you must successfully complete the non-credit (and free) English Proficiency course. Failure to remain in-status or not taking a full-time load makes you ineligible for on-campus employment.

You must submit a job application to the H/R Department and schedule an interview. Successful applicants will be able to start the on-campus job the next term.

CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through agreements with the University. CPT must either be required by your degree program or you must receive course credit for the internship.

Stratford University allows CPT up to 40-hours per week for Graduate level students and 20 hours for Undergraduate students if you are in-status and enrolled in a full-time course load. In order to qualify, you must successfully completed three terms (exception to IT Graduate level degree programs). If you participate in 12-months or more of full-time CPT, you will not be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training.

You must submit the following documents to the ISO to initiate the CPT application process.

• Official employment offer letter on company letterhead, signed by prospective employer. This letter must include employer’s name, address, duties performed, and dates of employment

• CPT Authorization Request Form, signed by you and the Student Accounts Office

• CPT Dean’s Recommendation Form, signed by your academic advisor or Dean

• Copies of your current immigration documents

After reviewing and approving your documents, the ISO will authorize your CPT by endorsing your Form I-20. You cannot begin CPT until you have received your Form I-20 with the CPT endorsement.

OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience complementary to your academic program. OPT provides full-time employment after completion of your degree.

You must be in-status, have successfully met all degree requirements, and have been enrolled on a full-time basis for one academic year. OPT employment must be in a job directly related to your major field of study. OPT is limited to 12-months, unless extended as described below.

STEM Extension — OPT can be extended for an additional 24-months for degrees which fall under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) classification.

• All Master’s degrees offered by the School of Computer Information Systems qualify for the STEM extension. OPT for CIS degrees can be up to 36-months.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience complementary to your academic program. OPT provides full-time employment after completion of your degree.

You must be in-status, have successfully met all degree requirements, and have been enrolled on a full-time basis for one academic year. OPT employment must be in a job directly related to your major field of study. OPT is limited to 12-months, unless extended as described below.

STEM Extension — OPT can be extended for an additional 24-months for degrees which fall under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) classification.

All Master’s degrees offered by the School of Computer Information Systems qualify for the STEM extension. OPT for CIS degrees can be up to 36-months.
Degrees offered by the School of Business Administration do not qualify for the STEM extension. OPT for business degrees can be up to 12-months.

USCIS Filing Windows — In order to be eligible you must file your OPT application with USCIS within the filing window. At the earliest, you can file with USCIS up to 90 days before your program completion date. At the latest, your OPT application must be received by mail and accepted for processing by USCIS no later than 60 days after your program completion date.

ISO Filing — You must submit the following documents to the ISO to initiate the OPT application process.

Copy of pages 1 and 3 of all previous and current I-20s
Copy of passport, including Visa stamp
Two passport-sized photographs
Copy of current Form I-94 (front and back)
Copy of employment offer letter
Copy of your degree (with STEM qualification, if applicable)
OPT STEM Extension Request Form (if applicable)
Copy of any previous Employment Authorization Documents

After reviewing and approving your OPT documents, the ISO will issue an I-20 with an OPT endorsement.

USCIS Filing — After receiving your new I-20 with the OPT endorsement, you must file your application with USCIS within 30 days. In addition to the documents above, this submission will include the Application For Employment Authorization (Form I-765) and the OPT application fee of $410.

Your OPT application will take approximately three months to be approved by USCIS. You cannot begin working until you have received authorization from USCIS.

• Degrees offered by the School of Business Administration do not qualify for the STEM extension. OPT for business degrees can be up to 12-months.

USCIS Filing Windows — In order to be eligible you must file your OPT application with USCIS within the filing window. At the earliest, you can file with USCIS up to 90 days before your program completion date. At the latest, your OPT application must be received by mail and accepted for processing by USCIS no later than 60 days after your program completion date.

ISO Filing — You must submit the following documents to the ISO to initiate the OPT application process.

• Copy of pages 1 and 3 of all previous and current I-20s
• Copy of passport, including Visa stamp
• Two passport-sized photographs
• Copy of current Form I-94 (front and back)
• Copy of employment offer letter
• Copy of your degree (with STEM qualification, if applicable)
• OPT STEM Extension Request Form (if applicable)
• Copy of any previous Employment Authorization Documents

After reviewing and approving your OPT documents, the ISO will issue an I-20 with an OPT endorsement.

USCIS Filing — After receiving your new I-20 with the OPT endorsement, you must file your application with USCIS within 30 days. In addition to the documents above, this submission will include the Application For Employment Authorization (Form I-765) and the OPT application fee of $410.

Your OPT application will take approximately three months to be approved by USCIS. You cannot begin working until you have received authorization from USCIS.