Frequently Asked Questions

Disclaimer: Please be advised that this guide is for general information and is never to be used as a substitute for Federal Immigration Rules and Regulations. Huntington University disclaims any and all liability from reliance upon this general information.

How long can I stay in the U.S.?

You are allowed to stay in the United States for as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student in the educational program and making normal progress toward completion of your course of study. If approved, you also may be allowed to stay in the country up to twelve (12) additional months beyond the completion of your studies to pursue practical training. Those in the STEM majors, if approved, may stay an additional seventeen (17) months. At the end of your studies or practical training, you may be given sixty (60) days to prepare to leave the country. However, students who fail to complete their course of study are granted fifteen (15) days to leave the United States.

What is a SEVIS I-20 Form and why do I need one?

A Sevis (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) I-20 is a United States government form issued by Huntington University for the purpose of certifying to the U.S. government that you are eligible for F-1 student status. The SEVIS I-20 form certifies that you have been admitted to Huntington University, that you are or expected to be a committed student, that you will pursue a full course of study, and that you have enough funds to study and live in the U.S. You need this SEVIS I-20 form in order to obtain an F-1 student visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy in your country and to maintain your student status while in the United States.

What are the prerequisites to be issued a SEVIS I-20 by Huntington University?

To be issued an I-20, one must:

  1. Gain acceptance to a degree program at Huntington University
    1. Complete the general admissions application
    2. Submit TOEFL or SAT scores if a non-native English speaker
  2. Present a copy of one's passport
  3. Present the necessary financial documents to prove the ability to fund one's education at Huntington University
  4. Pay the Huntington University registration fee

For more information, visit the Portal.

What is NSEERS? How does NSEERS affect me?

Some international students will be required to undergo additional security screening and will have to provide additional information under the NSEERS program. These students should follow the directions of the Customs and Border Protection Officer.

Where will I live while attending school? What are my campus housing options?

You may elect to:

  1. Live on campus in a residence hall with a roommate. You may fill out a housing and roommate questionnaire on the student portal. On the questionnaire, you may select your first and second choice residence hall along with answering questions about yourself. This information is used by our Student Life team to assign you a residence hall and roommate.
  2. Live on campus in a dormitory without a roommate. Depending on enrollment and room availability, single resident rooms may not be available. Additional fees also apply. Contact your admissions counselor for more information about costs and how to apply for a single room.
  3. Live off-campus. The off-campus residency application is available on the student portal. Students must meet off-campus housing requirements to be considered.

More information can be found under the Residence Life section of our website.