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International students wishing to pursue education in the United States must obtain and maintain a valid foreign student status. Kingston University is authorized under the Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students and issue Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) to international students who meet the Students and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) and the University’s admission requirements.  International students may subsequently obtain a student visa, F-1 or M-1, to enter the US for study.
International students are welcome to contact Kingston University’s Admission staff for information and questions related to applying for Form I-20 from the University.

 

 

I-20 Application Requirements and Procedures

In addition to satisfying the admission requirements and procedures for the program desired for admission, international students requiring I-20 must follow the procedures below:

  1. Submit photocopies of a valid passport, I-94 card and US visa, if any
  2. Submit an Affidavit of Financial Support signed by a guarantor
  3. A bank letter proving sufficient funding is available for supporting the applicant’s living expense and tuition and fee required for studying one year at Kingston University.
  4. Applicants who are currently foreign students at other educational institutions should also fill out Transfer I-20 Form and submit copies of their visa and the last I-20 issued by the last school attended
  5. Submit evidence of English proficiency meeting the requirement of the program desiring for admission (refer to English Proficiency Requirement section below), which may be ONE of the followings:
    i. A TOEFL score report

    ii. A TOEIC score report

    iii. A IELTS score report

    iv. Official transcript(s) of at least 2 years of education in a program where English was the language of instruction, or

    v. Proof of concurrent enrolment in an ESL program at Kingston to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS with a minimum score as required by the program desired for admission
  6. Photocopy of dependent’s passport, if dependent I-20 is required
Application Schedule

Applicants who require an F-1 visa are suggested to submit all documents at least six weeks before scheduled program starting date as shown in the following schedule:

Program Session Submit by following date of the year
Associate in Science in Oriental Medicine (ASOM)
Associate in Health Science in Massage Therapy (AHSMT)
Associate in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy (AOSMT)
Bachelor of Science in Oriental Medicine (BSOM)
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM)
Massage Therapy Training Program
English as Second Language
Fall Quarter August 15
Winter Quarter November 15
Spring Quarter January 15
Summer Quarter May 15
Associate in Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management (AAHT)
Associate in Science in Business Administration (ASBA)
Associate in Science in Healthcare Management (ASHM)
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Fall Semester June 15
Spring Semester November 15
Summer Semester March 15
Residency Requirement
International students are expected to comply with the regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and policies of Kingston University.

Upon arriving in the US with the support of Form I-20 issued by Kingston University, students must report to Kingston in person within seven (7) days or the I-20 will be void. F-1 students must satisfy the residency requirement by maintaining full-time attendance at Kingston University for a minimum of two quarters or one semester before transferring to another school. A student wishing to transfer at the end of the residency term must apply during that term since the USCIS requires sixty (60) days approval before the transfer.
English Language Proficiency
Unless a graduate from a US high school or foreign equivalent where English was the language of instruction evidenced by an official transcript, or a student having taken at least 2 years of education in a college program where English was the language of instruction evidenced by an official transcript, an applicant whose native language is not English must satisfy English proficiency requirement for admission to the academic program desired:
1. Associate Degree Program
Applicants may submit either ONE of the following:

(i) A TOEFL score of at least 450 PBT, 133 CBT, or 45 iBT,

(ii) A TOEIC score of 480
(iii) A IELTS score of 4
(iv) Proof of concurrent enrollment in an ESL program at Kingston to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS with a minimum score stated in (i), (ii) or (iii), respectively
2. BSBA Program
Applicants may submit either ONE of the following:
(i) A TOEFL score of at least 450 PBT, 133 CBT, or 45 iBT,
(ii) A TOEIC score of 480
(iii) A IELTS score of 4
(iv) Proof of concurrent enrollment in an ESL program at Kingston to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS with a minimum score stated in (i), (ii) or (iii), respectively
3. MBA Program
Applicants may submit either ONE of the following:
(i) A TOEFL score of at least 500 PBT, 173 CBT, or 61 iBT,
(ii) A TOEIC score of 600
(iii) A IELTS score of 5
(iv) Concurrent enrollment in an ESL program at Kingston to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS with a minimum score stated in (i), (ii), or (iii), respectively
4. MSOM Program
Applicants desiring for enrolled in the English program must submit either ONE of the following:
(i) Scoring at least 61 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based test (iBT) with a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22
(ii) Attaining Level 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam
International students enrolling in the Chinese or Korean Language Programs are required to provide one of the following prior to entering the Clinical Internship:

(i) A minimum score of 45 on TOEFL iBT which also requires a minimum speaking exam score of 18 and a minimum listening exam score of 15,

(ii) A minimum of Level 5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam

5. Massage Therapy Program
Applicants desiring for enrolled in the English program must submit either ONE of the following:

(i) A TOEFL score of at least 26 iBT, 380 PBT or 83 CBT, or level 2 - 2.5 on IELTS
(ii) Concurrent enrollment in an ESL Program at Kingston to improve English competency level

Applicants wishing to enroll in English as Second Language Program are not required to meet English Proficiency Requirements
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