Congratulations on your acceptance to Lindenwood University!
Please review the information below as you prepare to apply for a visa and make arrangements to arrive in St. Charles. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.
Applying for a U.S. Student Visa
The Department of State issues visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. A visa allows you to travel to the United States for a specific purpose. To identify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is most convenient for you to visit, go to the website of the embassy or consulate and follow the instructions on the site to do the following:
- Pay $200 I-901 SEVIS fee
- Complete the online Form DS-160 visa application
- Pay the $160 visa application fee
- Obtain acceptable photographs
- Schedule an appointment for your visa interview
You should make your appointment for your visa interview as soon as possible after receiving your Form I-20 and paying the I-901 SEVIS fee. When you come for your appointment, a consular official will electronically scan your fingerprints. You must bring the following documentation to the interview:
- Form I-20 issued by Lindenwood University
- Printed Form DS-160, “Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application,” confirmation page
- Passport valid for at least six months after you plan to enter the United States
- Two-inch by two-inch photo of yourself (learn more about photo requirements)
- Receipt for your $160 visa application fee payment
- Receipt for your $200 I-901 SEVIS fee payment
The visa interview is your opportunity to tell the consular officer about your plans while in the United States and what you will do when you have completed your studies. You should be prepared to show the following:
- Your acceptance to Lindenwood University. The Form I-20 verifies this.
- Your financial ability to pay for school and living expenses (the amount shown on Form I-20). You should bring original copies of the financial documents you provided to the Lindenwood University. These documents are evidence of the preparations you have made to finance your stay (e.g., bank statements).
- You are prepared for the academic program in which you plan to enroll. You may want to bring copies of any standardized test scores, academic transcripts, diplomas or certificates from previous study you provided as part of your application to the school where you want to enroll.
- Your stay in the United States is temporary (i.e., you are not permanently immigrating).
- The interviewing official may be interested in how you intend to use the education you receive in the United States when you return home.
Arrival and Orientation Dates
Upon arrival to Lindenwood University, all new incoming students must report to the Office of International Students and Scholars for check-in.
Undergraduates, and graduate students who are unable to attend the mandatory check-in and orientation session have 15 days after the first day of class to report to the Office of International Students and Scholars. Failure to report to the Office of International Students and Scholars could jeopardize your immigration and academic status.
Getting to campus from Lambert St. Louis Airport:
If you are arriving during Orientation Week, please check the Airport Pick-Up information regarding Lindenwood transportation. You will need send your flight information to InternationalServices@lindenwood.edu so we plan to pick you up.
If you are arrive after the scheduled pick-up day, the University does not offer transportation from the airport in St. Louis to the Campus. In order to make it to campus, you will need to take a taxi. Tell the taxi driver to take you to Lindenwood University. It will cost you around $30.00 USD and only take about 15 minutes. When you arrive on campus, be sure to check in with the International Student Center. If it is after hours, please check in with the Office of Public Safety. They will take you to a room for the night and you will check in the next day.
What the University provides:
The university will provide you with a room, bed, desk, closet, and access to bathroom facilities.
What to Bring:
You may want to bring some of these items with you, or you can purchase them from local stores upon your arrival: toiletries, medicines, shower curtain, laundry detergent, etc.
Apply for Housing
International students who wish to reside on campus are required to fill out the General Housing Application through StarRez. We ask that international students do not make the housing deposit until a U.S visa has been confirmed.
Once a U.S visa is confirmed, students can make the housing deposit and confirm registration for on-campus housing.
Learn more on how residential life at Lindenwood University could be the perfect fit for you.
The Business Office at Lindenwood University strives to provide assistance in billing and financial advising to our students. Upon acceptance into Lindenwood University, students will be designated an account representative that will assist them with payment and billing.
Learn more on how to contact your designated account representative.
The Business Office has teamed up with flywire to provide a streamlined way to make international wires for deposits and tuition payments. It’s fast, simple, and secure from any country anytime. Flywire now allows international students to make payment without ever missing a payment deadline.
Learn more on other payment options the Business Office provides.
The Business Office requires student accounts to be paid before the tuition due dates for each specified term. Learn more about the payment due dates for each academic term.
Health Insurance and Health Care
The United States does not have universal healthcare. International students should have medical insurance during their stay in the U.S. Medical emergencies can get very expensive and insurance can help limit your personal costs.
Athletes are required to have health insurance meeting the required coverage for intercollegiate activity. Athletes should contact their coach or athletic trainer for further details.
If you need an ambulance or emergency medical care, dial 911 on any phone 24 hours a day. You can also dial 0 to reach the operator. They will send an ambulance to transport you to a hospital emergency room. The hospital will need the name of your health insurance company and policy number, so you should always carry your health insurance card with you.
Bring a copy of your medical records with you to the US, including immunization and vaccination records and prescriptions. It is generally a good idea to visit your doctor before you leave for the US.
International students should note that in addition to tuition, fees, room and board, and living expenses, they will have to pay for health insurance. The federal government does not require students on an F-1 visa to have health insurance, but having one is always a good idea.
There are a variety of student health insurance programs that are available to international students. Choose one that best fits your needs.
Student Health Center:
There is an on campus Student Health Center to assist students with their healthcare needs. Services include treatment for illness and injury (non-emergency), in-office laboratory testing, immunizations, well-woman examinations, and physical examinations/consultation.
Nearby Hospitals and Clinics:
St Joseph Health Center – 300 1st Capitol Dr; (636) 947-5000
St. Charles County Dept of Community Health & the Environment - 1650 Boonslick; (636) 949-7400
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital - 10 Hospital Dr., St. Peters; (636) 916-9000
Logan College, Chiropractic Center - 2067 Zumbehl Road; (636) 1-800-782-3344
St. Charles Clinic & Pharmacy - 2850 West Clay; (636) 946-7838
Volunteer in Medicine – (636)724-4848
St. Charles Optical Co. - 1001 Fairgrounds Road; (636) 946-6763