TRANSFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


ADMISSION CHECKLIST

Transfer International Students:
  • 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)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Use the Apply now link. Complete the application and submit application with $25.00 application for online application along with required documentation. Applications submitted without payment will not be processed.

An official TOEFL score (Paper-based test score of 500 or better/Computer-based test score of 173 or better/lnternet-based score of 61 or better). An official ILETS score of 6.5 or better. For students whose native language is English, an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 980 (Verbal + Math) is acceptable.

You must apply for your visa well in advance of your arrival, as it can, in some instances take several weeks, and occasionally longer, to obtain the student visa.
Before you begin the visa application process, you must have the following documents: Form 1-20
The 1-20 form will be mailed to you once you have been accepted to the University of Mobile. Your 1-20 is required when applying for an F-I student visa. Use the 1-20 to obtain an F-1 visa at a U.S. consulate and then enter the U.S. with the F-I visa and 1-20, to be admitted by DHS in F-I status at the port-of-entry.
SEVIS Fee Receipt
All new students coming in F-I status must pay a SEVIS fee prior to applying for your visa, Pay SEVIS fee by going here.

Your Form 1-20 (Make sure you have signed page 1 of this form)
The SEVIS Fee receipt
A copy of your financial support documents, i.e. evidence that you have sufficient funds to meet the expenses of studying at the University of Mobile, e.g. bank statement.
In addition, the application for a U.S. visa requires you to present:

  • A valid passport
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Completed visa applications forms (Visa application forms are available on individual consular Web sites.)
  • An application fee and an interview will also be required.
  • There have been (and continue to be) changes in the visa application process and these changes are usually reflected on the consular Web sites.

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.

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.

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/

Scholarships:
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
$12,000 per year
Based on academic achievement (see scholarship calculator)
Automatic renewal if student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and enrolls in at least 12 hours per semester
Receivable up to 8 semesters

 

FOUNDER’S SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
$10,000 per year
Based on academic Achievement (see scholarship calculator)
Automatic renewal if student maintains a cumulative GPA 3.0 and enrolls in at least 12 hours per semester
Receivable up to 8 semester

 

DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
$8,000 per year
Based on academic achievement (see scholarship calculator)
Automatic renewal if student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and enrolls in at least 12 hours per semester
Receivable up to 8 semesters

 

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
$6,000 per year
Based on academic achievement (see scholarship calculator)
Automatic renewal if student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and enrolls in at least 12 hours per semester
Receivable up to 8 semesters

  • Scholarship amounts vary and can be combined with academic merit awards
  • Audition is required
  • Contact Center for Performing Arts at 251.442.2320
Community Foundation of South Alabama

If you are the recipient of an outside scholarship, you must notify the University of Mobile Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid office is required by law to adjust federal aid if the addition of an outside scholarship results in an over-award situation. There are certain times when an outside scholarship may make you ineligible for the federal financial aid you were previously awarded. Your aid officer will notify you if a change is made in your aid offer.

Scholarship checks from outside sources should be made payable to the University of Mobile or University of Mobile and the student. Checks should be mailed to the following address or delivered to the:

University of Mobile
Financial Aid Office
5735 College Parkway
Mobile, AL 36613-2842

Information needed from the outside scholarship organization. The following information should be included on or with the scholarship check:

  • Student’s Full name
  • Student’s university ID or social security number
  • Name of the awarded scholarship
  • Contact name and phone number of the scholarship coordinator
  • Semesters of disbursement. Notation as to which academic term or terms the check should be applied to. If donor instructions are not provided, the university will assume the check is for the academic year. The scholarship check will be split between the fall and spring semesters.
  • Notation as to whether the scholarship can be applied to any educational expenses or only certain educational expenses, for example tuition and fees only. If no notation is included, it will be assumed that the funds can be applied to any educational expense.

Transfer Academic Scholarships based on incoming cumulative GPA:

Transfer Merit (3.5+ GPA)
$7,000 per year

Transfer Merit (3.25 – 3.499 GPA)
$6,000 per year

Transfer Merit (2.80 – 3.249 GPA)
$5,000 per year

Transfer Merit (2.25 – 2.799 GPA)
$4,000 per year