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International Student Qualifications

Any individual who is not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident is considered an international student for admission purposes. Individuals who currently possess a US visa who would like to study at WSC are encouraged to contact Enrollment Services at wsc.admission@willistonstate.edu, texting 701.595.7389, or by calling 701.774.4200 for specific visa and admission requirements.

Visa Information

F-1: F-1 students are eligible to transfer to other US institutions in the US upon degree completion. F-1 visa students must enroll in at least 12 credits of coursework each semester, 9 credits of which must be on-campus.

M-1: Upon completion of a certificate program, M-1 students are not eligible to transfer to another US institution and must return to their home country. Students may not change from M-1 to F-1 visa status while in the U.S. and would need to return to their home country to apply for an F-1 visa prior to attending another U.S. institution. Students holding an M-1 visa must be enrolled in at least 12 credits of on-campus coursework each semester. Students applying for an M-1 visa will eligible for one year of study. If the student is pursuing an AAS degree, after the one year of study, the student must complete a form I-539 for an extension. This form and accompanying fee are the responsibility of the student.
 
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International Student Checklist
Step 1 - Apply for Admission

Click here to begin the online application for admission. First, create an account by clicking “Create Account” and then log into your application by clicking “User Login” using the username and password you created. You can also log on to
www.willistonstate.edu/apply and select the “APPLY NOW” tab in order to create an account.

Step 3 - Immunization Records

Email or fax these records to WSC using the information below for the fastest reception.

  • Proof of 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Proof of one dose of Meningococcal Meningitis (MCV4) vaccine given after the age of 16 for all students 21 and under

Students from countries with high prevalence of TB disease are required to complete a TB screening immediately upon arrival at WSC. This TB screening is the responsibility of the student to complete & submit to WSC Enrollment Services.

Step 4 – Official High School Documents or GED

Official transcripts (earned in the US or Canada) must be sent directly from the school and must include the graduation date. Official GED transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing agency. You can visit ged.com to order your official GED transcript if needed.
International high school credentials (other than Canada) must be evaluated through an approved evaluation service. The evaluation is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and it must be performed by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA), a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). WSC highly recommends using Spantran for evaluation. For high school documents you only need to order a General Analysis evaluation. If you have attended college in another country, please see Step 6.

Step 5 – Official Placement Test Scores

Official placement test scores are required for all degree-seeking students. The following placement scores are acceptable for admission requirements: ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer. ACT or SAT scores must be no older than 5 years and International Admissions Checklist Accuplacer scores may be no older than 3 years at time of admission. Older scores will require a student to take a more recent placement exam. To schedule a placement exam at WSC or for more information, please click here.

Step 6 – Official College/University Documents

Applicants who have attended other US post-secondary institutions prior to applying to WSC must contact each institution and request an official transcript of all course work be sent directly from the institution to WSC Enrollment Services.
International college credentials from any colleges/universities outside of the US, including Canada, must be evaluated through an approved evaluation service. This evaluation is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and it must be performed by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA), a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). WSC highly recommends using Spantran for evaluation. A Divisional Course by Course Analysis is required. If you have attended a college/university outside of the US, you are required to order this type of evaluation, you do not have the option to just complete an evaluation of your high school documents if you have attended a college/university. If you have questions regarding which evaluation to order or how to order an evaluation, please contact WSC Enrollment Services before ordering.

Step 7 – Test of English Language Proficiency

Students from countries other than Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are required to submit a test of English Language Proficiency. Examples include: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT Writing & Language, ACT English subset, or Accuplacer. TOEFL and IELTS scores may be no older than 2 years at time of admission. For a list of all acceptable means to demonstrate English Proficiency and minimum score requirements, please contact WSC Enrollment Services or refer to NDUS Procedure 402.9.

Step 8 – Passport Copy

A photocopy of the personal information page from passport is required to issue an I-20.

Step 9 – Certificate of Finance

The student and sponsor(s) must complete and return the appropriate form with supporting documentation.

  • Canada-All Provinces
  • International - All other countries besides Canada
Official I-20 Financial Documentation Guidelines
All international applicants must submit official documents showing sufficient available liquid funds equivalent to the Estimated Academic Year Expenses listed on the Certificate of Finance Form. This item will be marked as complete on your admissions checklist after sufficient financial documentation is received by WSC Enrollment Services. 

WSC reserves the right to request official documents to be resubmitted or sent via postal mail if they cannot be verified as authentic/original statements. WSC reserves the right to request additional documentation if documentation sent by student doesn’t meet our requirements. WSC reserves the right to accept documentation that may not meet all guidelines below, but is still deemed sufficient by WSC. An I-20 will not be issued until sufficient financial support documents are received.
 
Examples of Proof of Funds
Below are the types of documents WSC will accept as proof of funds for issuing a Form I-20. Please note that WSC requires both an official bank letter and 6 months of previous bank statements for each bank account being used to show financial support of the student. Also listed below are the guidelines on what those documents should include. 
 
1. Official Bank Letter (checking, savings account, bank loan, etc.)
Must include the following:
  • Issued on official Bank Letterhead
  • Date letter was issued (not more than 6 months old)
  • Account Holder Name
  • Account Type (Ex. checking, savings, educational/bank loan)
  • Account Number
  • Date Account was opened
  • Account Balance (In both foreign currency & USD)
  • Signature/stamp from a bank representative
 
2. Bank Statements 
Must include the following:
  • Bank Information (Name, location, etc)
  • Previous 6 months of bank statements for each account
  • Statement Dates
  • Account Holder Name
  • Account Type
  • Account Number
  • Type of Currency
  • Current Account Balance (should match account balance on Bank Letter) 
3. External Scholarship Award Letter or Student Loan Approval Letter
Must include the following:
  • Issued on official organization letterhead
  • Scholarship/Loan Name
  • Date of the award’s availability
  • Recipient’s full name
  • Amount of scholarship or student loan
  • List of fees/expenses for which the award can be used (Ex. only tuition, school-related expenses, etc.)
  • Signature/stamp from scholarship organization/group representative  
4. WSC Scholarships
Athletic Awards
  • Please ask your coach to send your Athletic Award directly to WSC Enrollment Services Academic Awards
  • Please confirm with WSC Enrollment Services/Financial Aid regarding any WSC scholarships/waivers   
    Unofficial documentation that will not be accepted includes:
     
    Please do not send these types of documents as WSC will inform you that we will not accept them
     
    ? Documents issued in languages other than English, investment accounts, investment brokerage accounts, retirement accounts, IRA accounts, life insurance account, solvency certificates, tax returns, W-2 forms, stock accounts, paycheck stubs, proof of employment letters, non-liquid assets (such as property, jewelry, a business, etc.), account statements from another F-1, M-1, or J-1 student, or any unsigned/unstamped bank letters or scholarship awards. 
Certificate of Finance Form All Canada Provinces
As per federal regulations, students from other countries studying in the United States are required to demonstrate the ability to fund their studies while in the United States through approved documentation. This form must be completed and submitted to Enrollment Services along with adequate financial documentation. An I-20 will not be issued without all admissions and satisfactory financial documentation received. (Please note this form is for all Canadian citizens. If you are a citizen of a country other than Canada, there is a different form for you to complete.)
 

 

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Certificate of Finance Form – International
As per federal regulations, students from other countries studying in the United States are required to demonstrate the ability to fund their studies while in the United States through approved documentation. This form must be completed and submitted to Enrollment Services along with adequate financial documentation. An I-20 will not be issued without all admissions and satisfactory financial documentation received.
 
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International Student Health Insurance

All international students are required to have health insurance in place. International students, not including Canadians, are automatically enrolled by semester in the student insurance plan by their institution. The premium cost is billed to the international student's campus connection account. Student health insurance payments will be collected in full no later than the end of the sixth week of a regular fall or spring term or equivalent date for a summer term or classes outside a regular term. For more information on student health insurance, please visit here.
Send mailed application materials and questions to:

Williston State College
Attn: Enrollment Services
1410 University Avenue
Williston, ND 58801

p. 701.774.4200
f. 701.774.4211
wsc.admission@willistonstate.edu

 

 

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