Reporting to Stratford University

Turning your dreams into reality!

The International Student Office is excited to welcome you on behalf of Stratford University!

Our goal is to help each student successfully transition into life at the University and in the United States. Gaining acceptance to the University and receiving your Student Visa are both major milestones. This is the beginning of a great journey through Stratford University and beyond!

Reporting to Stratford University is a four step process: arriving at a US Port of Entry, submitting required documents to the International Student Office, registering for classes as a full-time student, and paying tuition and fees for the quarter. Once you have reported to Stratford, it is important that you continue to follow the rules and regulations pertaining to your Student Visa.

Arriving at the Port of Entry

You can arrive in the US thirty day prior to the program start date listed on the Form I-20. Many students arrive early so that they can finalize their living arrangements before the commencement classes.

When you first arrive in the US, you will have to go through customs. This location is called the Port of Entry. You will be required to present the following documents to US Customs and Border Protection Officer.

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid F-1 Visa stamp
  • Valid F-2 Visa stamp (for all dependents)
  • Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20)
  • Arrival/Departure Card (Form I-94)
  • SEVIS Fee Payment Receipt (Form I-901)
  • Proof of financial support
  • All of the above for each dependant (if applicable)

The US Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your documents and stamp Form I-20, as well as, Form I-94 with the Port of Entry date stamp. Be sure that all of your documents are returned to you.

Reporting to the International Student Office

After successfully entering the United States, students are required to report to the International Student Office (ISO) prior to the start date. Students must bring the following documents when reporting to the ISO:

  • Valid Passport
  • Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20)
  • Arrival/Departure Card (Form I-94)
  • Change of Status approval notice (if applicable)
  • All above documents for each dependant (if applicable)

After all required documents have been submitted and reviewed, the ISO will update the SEVIS record. A new I-20, confirming the student's attendance, will be issued after the student has enrolled as a full-time student and paid all required tuition and fees that the quarter.

Registering for Classes

After submitting the required documents to the ISO, students must register for classes. Class selection should be made after consulting with your academic advisor or Dean.

The following guidelines should be used when selecting your courses.

  • International students, holding Student Visas, are required to take at least a full-time course load in order to stay in-status.
  • The full-time load for graduate students is two courses (9 quarter credits) per quarter.
  • The full-time load for undergraduate students is three courses (13.5 quarter credits) per quarter.
  • These courses must be residential and cannot be taken online.

Paying Tuition and Fees

After selecting your courses and filling out the course registration form, visit the Student Accounts Office to pay all tuition and fees. After you have registered for at least a full-time load and paid your tuition and fees, the ISO will issue you a revised Form I-20, confirming your attendance.

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The United States is an organized country, most things are easy to understand, easy to follow. Teaching methods at Stratford make classes very interesting. I want to be a university professor and spread this education concept in my home country too.


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