Before your arrival at Baylor:
Connect with Baylor's International Student and Scholar Services office.
Complete Immigration Status Form and Financial Certification.
Obtain Health Insurance.
Apply for Student Visa.
Register for Courses.
Prepare for Career Development.
Identify Personal Records.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will help you with your transition to Baylor. The staff in the ISSS office serves as your liaison to U.S. federal agencies and is there to assist you with maintaining your visa status.
Complete and submit the Immigration Status Form and Confirmation of Financial Resources to the ISSS office. If you are receiving a scholarship from Baylor, please include a copy of your award notice with the form along with any other documents of financial support. After receiving your completed Immigration Status Form and Confirmation of Financial Resources and supporting documentation, the ISSS office will issue your immigration document (I-20). Once the document is issued, you will receive an email regarding mailing options.
Health insurance is required for you and your dependents. The cost of health insurance is part of the funding you must document to obtain an I-20. To read about health insurance requirements, click here. Or, call the Health Center at (254) 710-1010.
Apply for the F-1 visa at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy using your Baylor I-20. After you receive your visa to study at Baylor, notify both the Business School and the Office of International Students and Scholar Services.
Read the book Power Ties - The International Student's Guide to Finding a Job in the United States, by Dan Beaudry. The book is not expensive and it is an excellent guide for international students who want to pursue employment in the United States.
Obtain and keep copies of important medical and dental records, x-rays, and prescriptions. Keep a copy of ALL important documents and completed forms for your files.
You may want to buy traveler's checks (recommended amount: $1,000 USD) to cover expenses during your first few weeks in the United States. Keep the receipt separate from the traveler's checks.