1 INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GUIDE & APPLICATION
2 ADMISSION ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURES Please read the following information carefully and send your completed application in the enclosed envelope to: Temple University Undergraduate Admissions Office 103 Conwell Hall (041-09) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A. Telephone: Fax: Please use the checklist on the inside back cover. APPLICATION FEE The best way to apply is online via admissions.temple.edu/international. The fee is $55 for all applications. If you use this application, please include with your application a check or money order made payable to Temple University. Checks must be in USD and drawn on a U.S. Bank. No two party or post-dated checks will be accepted. ACADEMIC CALENDAR & APPLICATION DEADLINES Recommended application deadlines: freshman: March 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester; transfer students: June 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester. (New students can only begin their studies at Temple during a fall or spring semester.) ELIGIBILITY You are considered an international student if you hold or will need to obtain a non-immigrant visa, including a student visa (F-1), visitor visa (B-1) or exchange visitor visa (J-1). If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, refugee or asylee, you are not considered an international student and should complete the regular admissions application, available online at admissions.temple.edu/international. You are eligible to apply for undergraduate admission if you will have completed the equivalent of an American secondary school education (usually 12 years of formal education) and have the appropriate graduation diplomas or satisfactory leaving examination results. You should apply as a freshman (first-year) applicant if you are still attending your secondary school (usually the first 12 years of schooling and equivalent to a U.S. high school) or if you have taken fewer than 15 credits (generally four to five courses or one-half year of study) at an institution of higher education after satisfactorily completing your secondary schooling. You should apply as a transfer applicant if you have attempted or completed at least 15 credits (four to five courses or one-half year of study) at an institution of higher education (a college, institute or university) after your 12 years of secondary schooling. If you have a bachelor s degree already, you may not apply for the same bachelor s degree at Temple. Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of their completed college-level course work as well as their secondary school record. You must also submit all secondary school academic records. (See section on Transfer Credit. ) If you have applied within the last year, you are not required to submit a new application. Complete a Renewal Application form and enclose a $20 renewal fee. ACADEMIC RECORDS REQUIRED Your application must include all official and original academic records from each secondary school and college or university you have attended, as well as proof of graduation from secondary school and a copy of the results of any terminating or qualifying examinations taken or certificates obtained. All documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a notarized or certified English translation; both the foreign and the English language versions are required and must be signed by the appropriate school official and include the institution s official seal. One recommendation letter from a counselor, teacher, headmaster or other academic official who is familiar with all or some of your academic coursework is required for freshmen. For transfer applicants, we recommend sending syllabi giving complete course descriptions of post-secondary work. This will enable us to provide a full and accurate evaluation of your transfer credits. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY, STANDARD- IZED TESTS & ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS Temple s requirements for standardized tests are as follows: Freshman Applicants: All first-year applicants are required to submit the results of at least one of the following tests: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Transfer Applicants: Transfer students should submit either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE unless they meet one of the following exemptions: The applicant has successfully completed English composition at a U.S. accredited college or university. English is the applicant s native language. The required English Proficency for nonnative speakers is as follows: TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 minimum IELTS: 6.0 PTE: 53 You should indicate on the TOEFL registration form that you want your scores sent directly to Temple (code #2906). For more information about the TOEFL, contact We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) offered through Cambridge Examinations and IELTS International, or Pearson Tests of English (PTE). For more information, contact org.uk for IELTS or for PTE. We recommend (but do not require) that non-native English speakers take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I: Reasoning Test) or American College Test (ACT).
3 Those with language test scores below the required level may be eligible for Conditional Admission into the Access Temple Program. Students who meet the academic requirements but fall short of the language requirements are offered Conditional Admission if they earn a minimum of TOEFL 65, IELTS 5.5 or PTE 46. Conditional Admission students will enroll in Access Temple, which offers language students college credit and a guaranteed place at Temple after 1 or 2 semesters in the program. APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY (FORM I-20 OR DS 2019) For International Students Outside the United States In order to enter the United States to begin your program of study, you will need to obtain a form I-20 or DS 2019 from the University. This immigration paperwork is necessary for you to obtain a student visa from the United States embassy in your home country to study in the United States. As of September 1, 2004, all applicants for visas to enter the United States in F-1 or J-1 status must pay a SEVIS fee (currently U.S. $200.00) prior to submitting the application for the visa. SEVIS fee payment information is available online at The I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form is the document used to obtain an F-1 student visa. The I-20 is always issued when the source of a student s funding is personal. Funding may also be in the form of scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, the student s family or any dependable source. The DS 2019 Form is the document used to obtain an Exchange Visitor (J-1) student visa. The DS 2019 may only be issued when funding is NOT personal. Funding sources may be governmental agencies, educational sections of embassies, fellowships, scholarships and the like. The J-1 program may include a two-year home residency requirement, to which J-1 holders may be subject after completing their studies. For Students Enrolling from Another U.S. English as a Second Language Program, High School, College or University. To transfer from one school to another school, you must first notify the school you are currently attending that you intend to transfer to Temple University. Upon notification, your current school will update your record in SEVIS as a transfer out and indicate that you intend to transfer to Temple University. The international student advisor at your current school will also indicate the release date of your SEVIS record. Your current school will retain control over your record in SEVIS until you complete the current term or reach the release date. At your request, the international student advisor of the current school may cancel the transfer request at any time prior to the release date. You should not request a transfer of your SEVIS record to Temple University unless you know that you have been admitted to Temple. Once the release date is reached, Temple University will be granted full access to your record in SEVIS and then becomes responsible for your SEVIS record. Your current school conveys authority and responsibility over your record to Temple University and will no longer have full SEVIS access to your record. As such, a transfer request may not be cancelled by the current school after the release date has been reached. You may then contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Temple University within 15 days of the program start date listed on the SEVIS Form I-20 or DS Upon notification that you are enrolled in classes, the ISSS must update your SEVIS record to reflect your registration at Temple and your current address, thereby acknowledging that the student has completed the transfer process. International high school students in J-1 status are not eligible to extend their J-1 program in the United States. Required Financial Documentation (See Temple University Affidavit of Support in Application) International students and their families or financial sponsoring organizations must assume all responsibility for student expenses, which will be $37, for the academic year. If dependents will accompany you to the U.S. and remain here while you are studying at Temple, you must document an additional $4,000 for your spouse and $2,500 for each child. Please complete the Affidavit of Support, which is part of the application for Certificate of Eligibility application, and return it with your I-20/DS 2019 application. This form must show evidence that you will have sufficient funds to support your studies in the U.S. and that this support will be continuous for the duration of your studies at Temple. You must provide documentation of the entire amount, whether residing on or off campus. Annual Required Costs (two semesters estimated) * Tuition: $24, Fees (computer, health, recreation, activities): $ Living Expenses: $10, Books (est.): $ Health Insurance: $1, Total Needed to Document $37, *Tuition varies by school/college. If the Affidavit of Support that you file indicates that you have sufficient funds to pay for your first year at Temple, your I-20 or DS 2019 will be mailed to you by the Office of International Services. In order to obtain a student visa, it will be necessary to present BOTH the acceptance letter and the Form I-20 or DS 2019 to the United States embassy or consulate in your home country. Thus, you should file your academic and financial information at the same time. The ISSS will accept legible faxed copies of financial documentation. All funds documented must be in the form of liquid assets. Certificate of deposits, money market accounts or anything that is not readily accessible will not be accepted. Your financial sponsor must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to pay for tuition and all living expenses at Temple and your transition to university life in the U.S. ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS Temple offers merit-based scholarships to international freshmen and transfer students ranging from $2,500 to full tuition. Consideration for freshmen is based on a strong, competitive GPA and SAT or ACT. For countries where the SAT is not administered, a national college entrance exam and strong TOEFL or IELTS score may be considered. For transfer students from recognized American or Foreign Universities, scholarships are offered to those with a competitive GPA. All international students admitted to Temple University will be considered for scholarships. There is no need for students to make a separate application. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award at the time of their acceptance.
4 BILL PAYMENT Payment of tuition, fees, room and board (if you live in university housing), and health insurance is due at the beginning of each semester. Temple offers various payment plans that enable students to spread the payments over the course of the semester. You should also be aware of your government s policy about sending money to the U.S., particularly if you are sponsored by government funds. You should bring at least $2,000 for initial expenses, preferably in the form of traveler s checks. You should also have a check made payable to Temple University for your first semester s tuition, unless your tuition is being paid by some other organization or arrangement. You may also pay via wire transfer. Please contact the department of cash operations for instructions at (215) , or via fax at (215) MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE Temple requires that all international students in non-immigrant status carry health insurance that meets the minimum standards as determined by the U.S. Information Agency: a maximum deductible of $500 per accident or illness payment of at least 75 percent of covered expenses medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness repatriation benefits of $7,500 or more medical evacuation benefits of $10,000 or more This insurance will cover the cost of medical expenses while you are a student at Temple. You must maintain this insurance for the duration of your Temple studies. You will automatically receive and be billed for a Temple health insurance policy when you register for courses prior to beginning your studies. The cost of this policy for the academic year is approximately $1,748. Coverage is also available for spouses and dependent children at additional cost. After enrolling, students who already have an equivalent health insurance policy may submit a waiver request indicating comparable health insurance coverage as determined by Temple. Students receive a complete health insurance packet, including a waiver form, during International Student Orientation. SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE ADMISSIONS APPLICATION Personal Information Q. 1, 3: Include your name and address as it appears on your passport. If you do not have a middle name, please indicate none in question #1. Temple Admissions Information Q. 17: The College of Health Professions (health information management, nursing) only admits transfer students for the fall semester. Q. 18: See section on Eligibility (p. 5) to determine if you are a freshman or transfer applicant. Q. 20: Main Campus: All programs not specifically taught elsewhere are on the Main Campus in Philadelphia: Ambler College: a small, suburban campus located about 20 miles north of Main Campus in Ambler, Pennsylvania; 15 Bachelor s degrees can be completed here, and most others can be started here; one residence hall for 200 students Health Science Campus: located two miles north of Main Campus in Philadelphia for transfer students into College of Health Professions majors (health information management, nursing) Q. 21: International students may live in campus residence halls or may choose living outside the campus by renting private apartments. Living on campus is not required. Limited campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so students should submit the tuition deposit ($200), and housing deposit ($250) as soon as possible after they are admitted and know they will be attending. Housing is assigned according to the order in which the deposit is received. Q. 22: You must apply to a specific school or college within Temple University and indicate an area of study within that school or college. Please refer to the school/college curriculum code sheet where Temple s schools and colleges are listed in boldface type with a code number and their curricula (academic programs/majors) indicated in lighter type. Indicate a school or college and its code number, and list your intended curriculum. Like many other students, you may be undecided about a major at this time. If so, you should apply to one of the following: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Technology, the Fox School of Business and Management, the College of Engineering, or the School of Media and Communication, and indicate that your curriculum is undeclared. STANDARDIZED TEST INFORMATION Q. 23, 24: When making the decision to accept or deny admission to applicants, we consider the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE and/or SAT/ACT results. Please refer to the section on standardized tests for more information. We recommendbut do not requirethe SAT or ACT for international applicants. We are also pleased to receive SAT II scores if students have taken any of these tests. SECONDARY SCHOOL & COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY INFORMATION Q : This is the most important part of your application for admission and receives the greatest consideration by the admissions committee. Please refer to the sections on eligibility and academic records required. We cannot make an admissions decision until we receive the original or official, certified copies of all pertinent academic credentials and records. Photocopies of documents are not acceptable. Documents should be in the original language with certified English translations provided. A key to the marking system or grading scale is also highly recommended. If you are currently enrolled in an institution, you should request that official transcripts be sent to us as soon as the term is completed.
5 THE APPLICATION DECISION PROCESS If we receive an incomplete application from you (missing some required elements), we will send you an indicating what is missing. You can also check the status of your application on the TUPortal. When all required documents have been received and your application is complete, we will make an admissions decision and send you a decision letter as soon as possible, usually within 2 3 weeks. We begin sending decisions by global priority mail for the fall and spring semester in October. All decisions are made by professional admissions staff members, who consider secondary school and, if applicable, college grades, test results, your written essay, letters of recommendation and other relevant documentation. TRACK YOUR APPLICATION STATUS Shortly after you apply, you will receive an AccessNet username and password that will enable you to track the status of your application in Temple University s TUPortal. You will learn whether your application is complete or in process, what documents or materials are missing, and whether or not an admissions decision has been made and mailed to you. When you receive your AccessNet username and password, you will activate your AccessNet account and assign yourself a permanent password. Then, go to the TUportal web site at tuportal.temple.edu and log in with your AccessNet username and password. Click on Undergraduate Applicants to follow your application through the process. If you lose your AccessNet username or need to reset your password, please visit tuhelp.temple.edu/ applicants. If you have questions about any other aspect of admissions, please call (215) , or us at WHEN YOU ARE ACCEPTED When you are accepted and offered admission to Temple, you will receive an Enrollment Deposit form. If you wish to enroll, you must return this form with a $200 tuition deposit, and, if you wish to live on campus, a $250 residence hall deposit. If you are accepted before April 15 for the fall semester, your confirmation form and deposit will be due by May 1. The $200 tuition deposit is nonrefundable but can be used for deferred admission for one year. The housing deposit confirms your request for university housing, which is assigned based on when students submit the housing deposit. Since the demand for Temple-sponsored housing exceeds the amount of housing available, it is important to adhere to deadline dates and complete the housing request process early. The Housing Office will send additional information upon receipt of the $250 deposit. All undergraduate international students are required to attend the international orientation program. The new-student orientation program includes academic advising, placement testing, course registration and the chance to meet faculty, staff and other students and to become acquainted with the campus. All undergraduate international students are required to attend the international orientation program.
6 CHECKLIST FOR COMPLETING THE APPLICATION Enclosed Will Send Freshman Applicants Must Include: The completed admissions application form The $55 application fee, payable in U.S. dollars to Temple University; put full name on check Official test results: SAT, ACT, PTE, TOEFL, IELTS Official transcripts or records of your last four years of secondary schooling with a certified English translation, if necessary; include proof of graduation when available 1 letter of recommendation (freshmen only) Official copies of results of any qualifying or national examinations that you have taken with a certified English translation, if necessary Required personal statement (part of admissions application) Completed Certification of eligibility application with supporting financial documents Transfer applicants must include: All documents requested of freshmen as listed above Official transcripts and records from all post-secondary schools attended; we recommend you include an official catalog or syllabus from each school, containing course descriptions and degree requirements The international application for admission can now be completed online. Visit admissions.temple.edu/international. Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. Campus Safety It is Temple University s policy to provide to all students, upon request, a copy of the University s policies and procedures regarding campus security and safety, as well as crime rates and statistics for the most recent three-year period. For more information write to Campus Safety Services, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, or call (215) General Policy Statement on Smoking: Temple University is committed to providing a smoke-free environment for everyone at Temple. All University facilities are designated as non-smoking. Temple University Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Temple University is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community, free from discriminatory conduct. For more information, write to Office of Affirmative Action, 109 University Services Building, (215) Information in this booklet is descriptive of the University at the time of publication and is subject to change.
7 SCHOOLS/COLLEGES BUSINESS, FOX SCHOOL OF Accounting Actuarial Science Business Management Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resource Management International Business Legal Studies Management Information Systems Marketing Real Estate Risk Management and Insurance Undeclared CENTER FOR THE ARTS ART, TYLER SCHOOL OF Additional requirements for admission may be needed for select majors. Please visit for more information. Architecture (BS) Architectural Preservation Art Education (BS) Art History BFA with Teaching Certification Ceramics and Glass Facilities Management Fibers and Materials Studies Graphic and Interactive Design Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM Painting and Drawing Photography Printmaking Sculpture Visual Studies MUSIC & DANCE, BOYER COLLEGE OF Main Campus only. For Music: Audition and Music Theory Test required for all programs; call For Dance: Audition required; call Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies/Composition - Jazz Studies Performance (Instrumental, Keyboard or Vocal) - Music Composition - Music Education - Music Education with Jazz Studies Component - Music History - Music Theory - Music Therapy - Music Therapy with Jazz Studies Component - Performance (Instrumental, Keyboard or Vocal) - Piano Pedagogy Bachelor of Science in Music - Music Technology Component (optional non-degree program) DIVISION OF THEATER, FILM & MEDIA ARTS Film and Media Arts Theater EDUCATION, COLLEGE OF* Adult and Organizational Development Career and Technical Education Early Childhood Education PreK 4) Middle Grades Education (4 8) Secondary Education - English - Social Studies - World Languages *Students interested in Secondary Math or Science Education should see our TUteach programs in the College of Science and Technology. ENGINEERING, COLLEGE OF Bioengineering Civil Engineering Construction Management Technology Electrical Engineering (Computer) Engineering (General) Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering Undeclared ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN, SCHOOL OF (only available at the Ambler campus) Community Development Horticulture (4-year program) Horticulture (2-year program) Landscape Architecture (4-year program) HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND SOCIAL WORK, COLLEGE OF Athletic Training Health Information Management (Fall transfers only) Kinesiology Linguistics Nursing (Fall only) Pre-Health Information Management Public Health Speech, Language and Hearing Science Therapeutic Recreation Undeclared LIBERAL ARTS, COLLEGE OF African-American Studies American Studies Anthropology Asian Studies Classics Criminal Justice Economics English Environmental Studies French Geography/Urban Studies German History Italian Jewish Studies Latin American Studies Mathematical Economics Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity Philosophy Political Science Psychology Religion Sociology Spanish Women s Studies Undeclared MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION, SCHOOL OF Advertising Communication Studies Journalism Media Studies and Production Strategic Communication (includes Public Relations) Undeclared SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, COLLEGE OF Applied Mathematics Biochemistry Biology Biology with Teaching BS (TUteach) Biophysics Chemistry Chemistry with Teaching BS (TUteach) Computer Science Earth and Space Science with Teaching BS (TUteach) Environmental Science General Science with Teaching BS (TUteach) Geology Information Science and Technology Mathematics Mathematics with Teaching BS (TUteach) Mathematical Economics Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics and Computer Science with Teaching BS (TUteach) Mathematics and Physics Mathematics and Technology with Teaching BS (TUteach) Natural Sciences Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular Physics Physics Physics with Teaching BS (TUteach) Pre-Pharmacy Track Undeclared SOCIAL WORK, SCHOOL OF Social Work TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, SCHOOL OF Sport and Recreation Management Tourism and Hospitality Management UNIVERSITY STUDIES** Undeclared ** Note: Not available for students who will transfer 60+ credits. If you haven t selected a school/ college by the time you apply, you ll have the guidance of the Division of University Studies and up to two years to decide on a major.
8 International Undergraduate Admissions Application Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Philadelphia, PA The best way to apply is online at admissions.temple.edu/international. The online application fee is $55. Your application will be processed faster if you apply online. The application fee is payable to Temple University. 1. Personal Information *Refer to specific instructions for completing the application 1 *Legal Name: last (family) first (given) middle (if none, indicate none) 2 Social Security # (if you have one): 3 *Mailing Address (for receipt of decision letter and other mailings throughout application process; no post office boxes): street apartment name and number (if applicable) city province or state postal or zip code country address (if you have one) 4 Telephone: 5 Fax: 6 Date of Birth: 7 Sex: Male Female month day year 8 City of Birth: 9 Country of Birth: 10 Country of Citizenship: 10a Native Language: 11 Is English your primary language?: Yes No 12 Are you a resident alien or permanent resident of the United States?: No 13 Do you hold a current non-immigrant visa?: Yes No If yes, which one: 14 Will you need to obtain a student visa to come to Temple?: Yes No If yes, which one: F-1 Student J-1 Student/Exchange Visitor 15 U.S. telephone number and contact person (if available): 16 Your Family: Mother s (or Guardian s) Name: last first Home Address (If different from yours): city/state or province/ zip code Father s (or Guardian s) Name: last first Home Address (if different from yours): city/state or province/ zip code My father mother is a graduate of Temple University: city/state or province/ zip code Parent or guardian s address:
9 2. Temple University Admissions Information 17 *Which semester and year are you applying for? Spring (January) Fall (September) Year: 18 *Are you applying as a freshman or transfer? Freshman Transfer (15 or more college credits completed) 19 Have you previously applied for admission to Temple University? Yes No If yes, semester and year: 20 *Campus Choice (select one): Main Ambler Health Science (H.I.M. transfers only) 21 *Do you intend to live in a residence hall on Temple s campus? Yes No 22 *What is your intended major? 22a Temple School/College: 22b Major: 3. Academic Information 23 *Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Date Taken: 24 *The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may also be taken in lieu of TOEFL test. SAT: Date Taken (or will take): ACT: Date Taken (or will take): (month/year) (month/year) (month/year) (month/year) Other English Proficiency test: Date Taken (or will take): (month/year) (month/year) 25 *List all secondary schools attended, beginning with the most recent one: A. Name of School: Address: number and street city province/state/country postal code Dates of attendance: Diploma received: B. Name of School: Address: number and street city province/state/country postal code Dates of attendance: Diploma received:
10 26 *List all colleges and universities attended, beginning with the most recent one: A. Name of School: Address: number and street city province/state/country postal code Dates of attendance: Diploma received: B. Name of School: Address: number and street city province/state/country postal code Dates of attendance: Diploma received: 27 *List all university-level courses you are currently taking: Name of College: Course Title: Number of Credits: Completion Date: 4. Academic Honors and Extracurricular Activities 28 *Briefly describe any academic honors, awards, extracurricular activities, work, public service experience or achievements in secondary school or college: 29 Indicate interest in receiving more information on: Band Chorus
11 5. Essay 30 Please print or type an essay of 250 to 400 words that tells us more about you. Some suggestions include personal experiences or circumstances that have been important to your personal or academic development; issues that you feel strongly about; personal, educational and career goals; or any other information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know as we review your application. I understand that any misrepresentation of facts on this application or withholding of information may be cause for refusal of admission, dismissal or other disciplinary action if subsequently discovered. I further understand that I have a continuing duty to promptly notify Temple of any subsequent information of facts that would change, add to, or otherwise relate to this application or my admission status. X Applicant s Signature Date (Note: unsigned applications will be returned for signature.)
12 CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION Form I-20 or DS-2019 THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SENSITIVE INFORMATION. DO NOT SEND THIS APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION AS AN ATTACHMENT VIA . This document and supporting materials can be submitted via one of two mechanisms: 1. Graduate and undergraduate students should use TUPortal to submit documents 2. Professional school (law, dentistry, etc.) students may submit the documents via TUportal, TUsafesend, or secure fax to Applicants should note that Temple University will issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) only after all materials are received by the University s International Student and Scholar Services. Issuance of the certificate can take several months. Please apply early. Include a copy of your passport; the Form I-20 or DS-2019 must match your passport. International Student Information Family name First Middle Date of birth City of birth Country of birth Gender: M F Country of permanent residence Country of citizenship FOREIGN ADDRESS A Certificate of Eligibility cannot be generated unless we have your foreign address. Street address: City Province/State Postal code Country address Temple ID # (9XXXXXXXX) Home telephone ( ) Is this the address to which you would prefer your I-20 or DS-2019 be sent? Yes No If not, indicate your mailing address: Are you married? Yes No If Yes, will your spouse and/or children join you? Yes, they will join me now. (Please complete information below.) Yes, they will join me after I get settled. I am married, but my dependents will not join me. DEPENDENT INFORMATION A dependent is defined as a spouse or child. Attach additional sheets if child(ren) will accompany. If more than one dependent will accompany, please include all of the following information for each dependent on a separate piece of paper. Relationship: Husband Wife Child Family name First Middle Date of birth Country of birth Gender: M F Country of citizenship Country of permanent residence Academic & Immigration Information Semester applied for: Fall Spring Summer I Summer II Year Level of study: Undergraduate Graduate Professional Field of study (major) Are you currently in the U.S.? Yes No If Yes, what visa classification do you hold? Please attach a copy of your immigration documents: I-94 card, passport information page, I-20 or DS-2019 forms. SEVIS ID # If you are not in F-1 or J-1 status, do you plan to: travel outside the U.S. and apply for F-1/J-1 status at the U.S. Consulate? Yes No or apply for a change of status in the U.S.? Yes No See temple.edu/isss/future-students/status.html if you plan to change your status in the U.S. IF YOU ARE IN THE U.S. Name of current International Student Advisor: International Student Advisor s Current School:
13 Receiving Your Certificate of Eligibility Your document will be sent via UPS Express Mail. When the document is sent, you will be notified via . INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEE: The International Student Fee of U.S. $125.00, implemented in Fall 2011, is assessed each semester an international student registers at Temple University. The fee not only permits ISSS to provide comprehensive immigration-related services to our students, but also supports a broad range of extracurricular programming, including such activities as airport pick-up, a two-week series of orientation events and regularly scheduled events throughout each semester. DEPENDENTS SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the expenses listed in this application form, you must provide additional financial documentation if you plan to bring your spouse and/or child(ren). You must have an additional $4,000 for your spouse and $2,500 for each child, as well as health insurance coverage for them. Individuals in F-2 non-immigrant status, i.e., an F-1 student s dependent, are NOT permitted to study full-time unless they apply for and receive a change of non-immigrant status. If you are a spouse in F-2 status and wish to pursue a full-time degree program, you will be required to apply for a change of status. Information on how to obtain a change of status can be found at temple.edu/isss/ future-students/status.html. HEALTH INSURANCE: Temple University requires all students in either F-1 or J-1 status to carry health insurance that meets the minimum standards determined by the U.S. Department of State: Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness Medical evacuation benefits of at least $10,000 Maximum deductible of $500 per accident or illness Repatriation benefits of at least $7,500 Payment of at least 75 percent of covered expenses INITIAL EXPENSES: Bring with you at least $2,000 in the form of traveler s checks for initial expenses, even if you have a graduate/teaching/ research assistantship. You may pay tuition by a check made payable to Temple University, credit card or traveler s checks, unless tuition is being provided by Temple University or another organization. For any questions regarding tuition payment, please contact Student Financial Services Office at or (215) Be aware that it takes a minimum of two weeks for an international check to be processed by U.S. banks. HOUSING INFORMATION: You should apply for on-campus housing as soon as possible, as spaces fill up very quickly each semester. Completing an application for housing does not guarantee that you will be given on-campus housing. More information about Temple University housing can be found at or by phone at (215) If you have dependents who will join you, we strongly suggest that you arrive on campus alone so that you may find adequate housing, and have them join you after. FINANCIAL AID: Temple University does not provide loans to students, and there is very little financial aid available to international students. You should not expect to find funds after arriving in the U.S. Students in F-1 status cannot apply for any type of off-campus work permission until they have been in valid non-immigrant status for one academic year. SPONSOR AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT: Sponsors may be parents, family members or other persons who will provide financial support. It is not necessary that a financial sponsor reside in the U.S. If there is to be more than one sponsor, please make a copy of this document for each sponsor to complete. An individual financial sponsor may provide complete or partial support for you, but your total financial support must equal or exceed the total estimated costs. CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE I-20 AND DS-2019 I-20 is the certificate of eligibility for F-1 status that indicates the school declares you ve been accepted for a full course of study and you appear to be a bona fide student. F-1 is designated for students in academic and language study programs. DS-2019 serves a similar purpose for J-1 status applicants who receive funding from sources other than personal finances, like government funding, scholarships or assistantships. J-1 is designated for exchange students, teachers, scholars, researchers, etc., who come to the U.S. under an educational exchange program. J-1 students must be financed, at least partially, by the U.S. government or home government. The J-1 visa carries with it a two-year home residency requirement, as well as mandatory health insurance standards set forth by the Department of State for all dependents in J-2 status. Please note that B-2 and F-2 visa holders cannot engage in full-time study, nor are they eligible for any type of employment authorization, whereas J-2 visa holders are eligible for both.
14 Sponsor Information Name of sponsor Sponsor s current address Date of birth I,, state that I am an adult of sound mind and disposition, and that I am competent to swear this (name of sponsor) affidavit on behalf of, my, who is seeking admission to (student s name) study at Temple University and for whom I will assume financial responsibility. I intend to sponsor the student s dependents. I do not intend to sponsor the student s dependents. I have reviewed the estimated expenses available at temple.edu/isss/future-students/tuition.html and agree that I will provide full financial support so long as the student is enrolled at Temple University. Financial support will meet costs for tuition and mandatory student fees, mandatory medical health insurance, room and board, and other personal living expenses for the duration of study. I certify that if restrictions exist regarding transfer of funds between my country of residence and the United States, I have fully investigated them and am aware of the procedures I must follow to remit payment when it is due, and that I will guarantee payment when it is due regardless of existing funds transfer restrictions. I certify that the information provided in this Affidavit of Support and Bank Verification of Deposit is true and correct, and that I will provide funds to and assume full financial responsibility for this student for the duration of study at Temple University. Further, I authorize Temple University to verify that the above information is correct. (relationship) Sponsor signature Date Bank Verification of Deposit This is to be HANDWRITTEN in ENGLISH by a bank official. Bank certification of sponsor accounts must be current and cannot exceed six months from the date of the bank officer s signature and stamp. This form must be submitted with three to four months of the most recent bank statements. This is to certify that the account holder,, is a customer of (bank name) His/Her account was opened (date), and for the past year has shown an average balance equal to U.S. $ The accounts are open and viable as of today s date. This certification is offered with no responsibility on the part of the financial institution. Printed name of bank official Title Bank address Bank seal or stamp Bank official signature Date This form cannot be accepted without the bank officer s signature and bank seal or stamp. Please submit this form and supporting documentation through one of our secure systems: 1. Your TUPortal account (if you need assistance in accessing TUPortal, please visit accounts.temple.edu/selfcare/login.jsp, or contact Computer Services Help Desk online at edu/cs/helpdesk/contact/default.asp or by telephone at ); 2. Dedicated FAX number: ; or Please do not send sensitive information or documents through as that is not considered a secure system. All inquiries regarding the status of an application for admission should be referred to the Office of International Admissions for undergraduate applicants and to the admitting academic department for graduate applicants. 3. Online submission through (requires logging in with your Temple University AccessNet ID and password, clicking on Drop Off, and following the instructions provided).
15 Transfer Recommendation Form (Only for F-1 or J-1 students already studying in the U.S.) If you are studying in a U.S. educational institution, you must submit this transfer recommendation form to your current international student advisor. To transfer from one school to another, you must first notify the school you currently attend that you intend to transfer to Temple University. This form should only be completed once you have been accepted to Temple University. Upon your request your current school will update your record in SEVIS as a transfer out and indicate that you intend to transfer to Temple University. Your international student advisor will also indicate the release date of your SEVIS record, which will be the current semester or session completion date, or the date of expected transfer if earlier than the established academic cycle. Your current school will retain control of your record in SEVIS until you complete the current term or reach the release date. At your request the international office may cancel the transfer request at any time prior to the release date. Once the release date is reached, Temple University will be granted full access to your record in SEVIS and will become responsible for it. Your current school will convey to Temple University authority and responsibility for your record and will no longer have full SEVIS access. As such, a transfer request may not be cancelled by the current school after the release date has been reached. After the release date, Temple University must complete the transfer of your record in SEVIS and may issue an I-20 or DS Family name First Middle Date of birth Temple ID # (9XXXXXXXX) Student signature Date Please sign the release of information section of this form and give it to your international student advisor at the school you attend currently or attended most recently. To Designated School Official The above-named student has submitted an admission application to Temple University. Current Immigration Status: F-1 J-1 SEVIS ID # SEVIS release date The student is in good standing and is/has been pursuing a full course of study since assuming valid non-immigrant student status. The student is out of status and will need to apply for a reinstatement. Comments Name and title of DSO Name of institution Telephone ( ) Fax ( ) Date Signature of DSO Date lw
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