After Admissions

Below are the steps you need to take after admittance.

SEVIS Fee Requirements

Checklist for your travel to Northwood

  1. Pay your SEVIS fee before your visa interview. Most student pay the SEVIS fee online
  2. Bring a copy of your SEVIS payment receipt and your I20 to your visa interview
  3. Finalize your travel and arrival plans to Northwood University

All international students should plan to arrive at least two days prior to International Orientation.

For those who will be using airline travel, you should begin looking into flight options several weeks prior to your actual departure dates, due to fluctuations in the availability of flights and disparities in airfares.

Those who make plans early will often get better fares. Northwood provides transportation from MBS International Airport to the University. Unless you have other transportation arranged, we strongly recommend you fly to MBS International Airport (Michigan).

Prior to departing for Northwood, you should make certain that the following documents are in order:

  • Visa
  • 1-20

Visa and Immigration

Applying for Student Visa

Students coming to the United States to study will enter the country on a non-immigrant visa. You will receive a "Certificate of Eligibility" (form I-20 or DS-2019) from Northwood University with your acceptance letter. Take the Certificate of Eligibility with you when you apply for your F-1 (student) visa. To make an application for a visa, contact the Consular Section of the American Embassy or the US Consulate closest to your place of residence and follow their instructions about visa application. 

To apply for this visa you will need:

  1. your passport
  2. recent passport-sized photograph
  3. acceptance letter  from Northwood University
  4. form I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Status" or form IAP-66 "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Program" issued by Northwood University, signed by the Director of International Enrollment Management and by you, the student, prior to being sent to or presented at the US Embassy
  5. a completed application form obtained from the US embassy
  6. visa application fee
  7. evidence of financial support as stated in the financial section of your I-20 such as:
    1. a detailed bank statement from your bank or your parents' or sponsor's bank
    2. evidence of a scholarship
    3. any combination of grants and personal financing which will meet the estimated expenses (including tuition) of your stay in the United States.
  8. Receipt of your SEVIS fee* - $200.00 (paid online) - In order to get your student visa, you must present proof of your I-901 SEVIS fee payment at your visa interview

If you are denied a student visa, ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal, and, try to get the reason you were denied in writing.

If you are granted a visa, a stamp will be placed in your passport. Check the visa carefully to ensure that all information is correct before leaving the Embassy or Consulate. This stamp is a permit to seek entry to the United States; it does not determine how long you can remain in this country.

Please view the visa stamp as an entry permit only. Your stay depends on maintaining your status as a student.

*SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is a web-based solution, to track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents while approved to participate in the U.S. education system. This system processes all of your documents. Proof of this payment is required when you apply for a visa.

Links to the US State Department of Information Service:

Questions regarding the visa application procedure?

Please direct your questions to the United States Embassy or the nearest United States Consulate in the student's home country. 


International Student Orientation

All new international students are required to attend an International Orientation Program typically schedule the week prior to the start of classes.

You will receive information regarding International Orientation several weeks prior to the start of classes to allow you to make arrival plans. Students should plan to arrive on campus at least two days prior to Orientation in order to get settled into either on campus or off campus housing and to be well rested.

In additions to receiving your student ID and schedule, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • Campus Life
  • Campus Security
  • Available Healthcare
  • Academic Expectation
  • Getting Started (obtaining a Driver’s license, purchasing a car, banking, etc.)

Insurance Requirements

As of the Fall Semester of 2016, all international students are required to purchase the Northwood University Comprehensive Insurance plan. Information regarding the policy may be found at and follow prompts provided. A link to the insurance brochure will be available on the insurance site.

Insurance Information


Additional Resources

Transcript Policy

Declaration and Certification of Finances

Language Proficiency Policy

Student Life