INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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We Value International Students

Here at the University of Mobile we value our international students, and we want you to feel welcomed to our university community. You will build life-long relationships with students, and professors that will prepare you to become successful in the global marketplace.

The Office for Global Engagement team is here to inform you about our programs and assist you in applying and enrolling as a student. We look forward to having you join our international family here at the University of Mobile.

Current International Students

When applying or an Alabama driver’s license please see the Designated School Official to ensure a smooth application process. The Alabama Department of Motor Vehicle office is located at 3402 Demetropolis Road Mobile, AL 36693 251-660-2330
What documentation to bring to the DMV:

  • Valid passport with visa (must reflect at least 160 days remaining in the United States)
  • Form 1-94, “Arrival/Departure Record’
  • Form 1-20
  • Form 1-766 “Employment Authorization Document” (EAD), if applicable
  • Form 1-797 or Form 1-797A “Notice of Action,” in cases of a change of status
  • SSN or a Social Security Administration (SSA) Form SSA-L676, “Refusal to Process SSN Application.”

F and M students who have authorization to work in the United States may apply for an SSN. In addition, any F or M student who wishes to apply for a driver’s license (in a state requiring an SSN before getting a license) may apply for an SSN
https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

The regulations state that curricular practical training must be “an integral part of an established curriculum.” They define curricular practical training as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.”
Preconditions
Student must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at a DHS-approved school for one full academic year before being eligible for CPT. Available only while student is in F-1 status, before completion of the educational objective.
For additional information see the Designated School Official. Documents to bring with you when you meet with your DSO:

  • Information necessary to process Curricular Practical Training CPT
  • Job offer
  • Description of job
  • Number of hours
  • Location
  • Dates of Employment
  • Transcript showing enrolled full-time for at least 1 year
  • Degree and major listed
  • Valid I-20
  • Letter from academic advisor

OPT allows a student “with F-I status who have completed or have been pursuing their degree for more than nine months to work for one year on a student vise without needing to acquire a work H-IB visa.”

OPT is typically used after a completion of the course of study, or , for a student in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program, after completion of all course requirements for the degree (excluding thesis or equivalent). However, there are three types of OPT.
See Designated School Official for more information.

Leaving the US for Temporary Absence
(vacation, holiday, sickness, family emergency)
For re-entry into the United States, you must have the following:

  • A valid student Visa
  • Be sure you have a Student Visa F-l. If you entered on a B-2 “Visitor- Prospective Student” Visa, YOU MUST OBTAIN A NEW F-1 Student Visa within 60 days of your original arrival date.
  • Valid visa is either a multiple-entry or one with an expiration date. Obtaining a valid Visa if yours is expired:
  • The visa is obtained at an American Embassy or US Consular Office (ONLY OUTSIDE OF THE US)
  • Take your 1-20
  • Letter or certification from the Admissions Office
  • Current Affidavit of Financial Support (Athletes will take a copy of their Coaches Memo)
  • Valid passport
  • A passport that is valid for AT LEAST SIX MORE MONTHS AFTER RE-ENTRY
  • Your 1-20 form and 1-94 card. The International Student Advisor must endorse your 1-20 in the Admissions Office prior to your travel.
  • Your 1-94 card will be taken when you leave the US. Be certain the 1-94 is taken. A new one will be issued upon your return.
  • You must attend the University of Mobile because it is listed on your 1-20 as your university. If you are transferring to another institution, you must obtain an 1-20 from that university.
Future International Students
  • A completed International Student Application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25
  • An official certificate of completion of secondary school
  • An English translation and evaluation of Grade Point Average must be done for schools located outside of the U.S. The preferred translators and evaluators accepted by the University of Mobile Admissions Office are International Education Evaluations, Inc. (IEE) www.foreigntranscripts.com , Lisano International www.lisano-intl.com, and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)www.ece.org
  • An official TOEFL score (Paper-based test score of 500 or better/Computer-based test score of 173 or better/Internet-based score of 61 or better). IELTS required scores for undergraduate admission is 6.5. For students whose native language is English, an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 1060 (Verbal + Math) is acceptable. SAT or ACT scores can be accepted in lieu of TOEFL for students that are non-native English speaking upon review.
  • A completed immunization form
  • SEVIS Fee of $200 (To pay, visit www.fmjfee.com)
  • A completed Affidavit of Financial Support (Non-Athlete Affidavit, or Athlete Affidavit)
  • The University of Mobile offers shipping and receiving of your I-20 document through a safe, quick, and dependable delivery service. Click here for information on how to ship or receive your I-20 document. (To Ship, visit study.eshipglobal.com)
  • A completed International Student Application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25
  • An official certificate of completion of secondary school (Student with 15 or more acceptable hours from an accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from this requirement.)
  • Photocopies of the following, if transferring from an institution located in the United States: SEVIS I-20, I-94, a valid passport, and transfer eligibility form.
  • An official TOEFL score (Paper-based score of 500 or better/Computer-based test score of 173 or better/Internet- based score of 61 or better). IELTS required scores for undergraduate admission is 6.5. For students whose native language is English, an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 1060 (Verbal + Math) is acceptable. SAT or ACT scores can be accepted in lieu of TOEFL for students that are non-native English speaking upon review.
  • Final official transcripts from each college previously attended
  • An English translation and evaluation of credits must be done for universities located outside of the U.S. The preferred translators and evaluators accepted by the University of Mobile Admissions Office are International Education Evaluations, Inc. (IEE) www.foreigntranscripts.com , Lisano International www.lisano-intl.com, and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) www.ece.org
  • A completed immunization form
  • A completed Affidavit of Financial Support (Non-Athlete Affidavit, or Athlete Affidavit)
  • SEVIS Fee of $200 (To pay, visit www.fmjfee.com)
  • University of Mobile provides insurance for international student athletes  unless written request for exemption is submitted (please refer to STUDENT SERVICES AND FACILITIES area in university catalog)
  • The University of Mobile offers shipping and receiving of your I-20 document through a safe, quick, and dependable delivery service. Click here for information on how to ship or receive your I-20 document. (To Ship, visit study.eshipglobal.com)
  • A completed International Student Application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25
  • A completed Affidavit of Financial Support (Affidavits located in form section)
    Photocopies of the following, if transferring from an institution located in the United States: SEVIS I-20, I-94, a valid passport, and transfer eligibility form.
  • A degree that is equivalent to the B.S. or B.A. at a United States institution.
  • Official transcript(s) from any institution(s) attended.
  • Evaluation and English translation of transcripts from colleges or universities not located in the United States.
  • An official TOEFL score (Paper-based test score of 500 or better/Computer-based test score of 173 or better/Internet-based score of 61 or better). IELTS required scores for undergraduate admission is 6.5. For students whose native language is English, an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 1060 (Verbal + Math) is acceptable. SAT or ACT scores can be accepted in lieu of TOEFL for students that are non-native English speaking upon review.
  • The appropriate official satisfactory test score before enrolling in a graduate level class.
Events
  • RamRush – Tailgate Women’s and Men’s Soccer – August 23
  • International Photo Contest – TBA
  • International Friends Retreat – Cook Springs – October 5,6
  • Project Serve – October 19
  • International Education Week – November 12 – 15
  • Mobile International Festival – November 16,17
  • US American Thanksgiving – November 21
  • International Christmas Celebration
    At International Ministries Center – December 1
  • Christmas Around The World – December 5
    Graduation Celebration – December 14
 

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