International Students - Student Visa Process | Judson University Christian College

Student Visa Process

Once you have been admitted to Judson University, you will send a payment of $400 (USD) via Flywire (see below). Of that, $250 (USD) will be applied to your bill as the enrollment deposit and $150 (USD) will be applied to your bill as the housing deposit. In the unfortunate case that you are unable to attend Judson, this money can be refunded to you, if required, before June 1. An additional $50 (USD) fee will be added to your bill when you arrive on campus. This is an international fee (nonrefundable) for the cost of creating and shipping your I-20 and your welcome basket.

If you have received your I-20 and it is marked initial attendance, you can begin the visa process. The I-20 is a United States Immigration document that shows that you have been admitted to Judson University. If you have not yet received an I-20, please contact the International Programs Coordinator.

Step 1: Pay the $350 SEVIS Fee (Form I-901) by clicking HERE.

  • Your SEVIS ID will be printed on your I-20 and begins with "N."
  • Print a copy of your online receipt to have with you during your interview and for when you travel to the United States.

Step 2: Apply for an F-visa by clicking HERE.

  • Schedule your interview by visiting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for your country of residence. You can view wait times by clicking HERE.

Step 3: Prepare and bring to your visa interview the following:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months after your intended period of stay.
  • Form I-20 signed in blue ink.
  • Acceptance letter from Judson University.
  • Completed visa application form DS-160
  • I-901 receipt to show payment of the SEVIS fee
  • Proof of funding for one year (updated bank statements)
  • Be prepared to discuss WHY you are choosing to come to Judson University
  • Proof that you will return to your home country following the degree program
    • How studying in the U.S. will help you make a difference in your country
    • Property ownership
    • Job responsibilities
    • Family Ties
  • Remain calm and answer honestly and openly.


Payment Options for International Students

Judson University has partnered with "Flywire" to streamline the process of international payments. “Flywire” allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. By making your payment with “Flywire” you can:

  • Track your payments from start to finish.
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates.
  • Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night.

To get started, click or go to to begin the payment process.

Arrival Process and International Student Orientation

  • International students coming from abroad should plan on arriving one day before International Student Orientation begins. Please check your student email for details!
  • New international students arriving from within the United States should plan to move-in during your designated move-in date and time based on your housing assignment. This will be emailed to you.
  • New international student athletes will receive arrival information from their coaches. Please check your student email often!
  • International Student Orientation is required for all incoming Judson students. You will receive instructions and the schedule through your student email.

Traveling to the United States

  • Bring the following documents – keep on your person, NOT in checked luggage!
    • a. Passport
    • b. Form I-20
    • c. Judson University acceptance letter
    • d. Proof of finances
    • e. Photocopy of insurance policy (if you have it)
    • f. Take pictures of all of these documents on your phone
  • Contact information for the person meeting you at O’Hare Airport.

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