Students outside the U.S. may take fully online programs, but international students studying within the U.S. must maintain a full load of in-person courses during each required semester. International students seeking to study on campus must carefully select their courses with guidance from their advisor to ensure a full in-person load while they are in the U.S. It is critical to plan ahead to schedule enough in-person courses to maintain a full load.
Here are criteria to consider for obtaining a student visa:
- Each fall and spring semester, an international student must be taking at least 9 credits, 6 of which must be in on-campus rather than online courses, in order to get a visa to study in the U.S.
- A "semester" refers to a full 16 week term, so students taking sessions in fall 1 term and fall 2 term can add those credits together to get to 9 credits.
- Taking courses in the summer is optional. International students are not required to take credits in the summer if summer session is not part of their program of study.
- If a class spans a semester and is offered online for most of the semester but culminates in an intensive period on-campus (such as a 16 week online class culminating in a one week on-campus experience), an international student can obtain a visa for the one week period, but not for the online portion.
- Students are not required to have a full in-person load during their final semester. However, they must be fulfilling at least one in-person requirement for their degree.
To apply: Please follow the application steps listed below. Our team is here to serve you; please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Steps to apply (in any order)
To apply to Calvin, we need to receive the following:
- Calvin University Application
- IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo. See our testing guidelines for more information about which test you should submit.
- Official undergraduate university transcripts.
- Please note that you need a valid passport to study in the U.S. We encourage you to send us a scanned copy of the ID page of your passport, or begin the necessary paperwork to obtain or renew your passport.
Complete the International Graduate Declaration of Finances Form.
Note: We require all supporting documents to be original or certified copies.
Provide supporting financial documentation (income and bank statements) via e-mail. We require:
- Income statement – This can be a statement issued by your employer, person in charge of company finances, or it can be government issued tax document with the income amount listed.
- Savings statement – Amount in your savings, checking or investments.
- Sponsor’s letter of intent (if applicable) – This is a letter written by your sponsor indicating the amount they pledge towards your educational costs for each year.
- Sponsor’s savings statement (if applicable) – This bank statement must be recent and should demonstrate that your sponsor can cover at least two years of their pledged amount from savings. If this is a checking account, the transaction history must not exceed 3 months.