International Students

East-West University has the most Affordable Tuition of any Private University in the Chicago Area.

International Tuition

International Student Tuition for 2018 - 2019: $7,350.

It includes tuition, University, and registration fee.

International Students are eligible to receive an institutional scholarship of up to 30% of tuition.

Welcome

East-West University welcomes students from all over the world regardless of race, sex, nationality, religion or socioeconomic background. U.S. News and World Report lists East-West University as having the second highest percentage of international students than any other comprehensive university in the United States. We value your interest in East-West and its programs and hope we can provide you with the information you are seeking to make a well-informed decision to join the University. International students, whether currently residing in or outside of the United States of America should contact us by phone at 312-939-0111

International Application Requirements

International students seeking admissions to the University must submit the following:

The international student’s application for admissions.

A non-refundable application fee.

An affidavit of financial support from a parent, guardian, sponsor or government agency.

Original and English translations of official transcripts for high school or any college attended.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, if available.

Here is a brief description of the necessary forms, documents, and fees included in the process of obtaining an F1 Student Visa in your home country. An interview in the American Consulate is required.

Application Form

International students must fill and submit a complete application for admissions. The application can be found on the University website or can be obtained by contacting the International Students Outreach Counselor. All sections on the application form are important and must be filled correctly. Any part unfilled or filled with misleading or inaccurate information may jeopardize consideration for admissions to the University. On the application, please be certain to indicate your name and address with telephone number, the term in which you plan to enter, your country of birth and citizenship, your intended major, and your date of birth (month, day, year). Also, the list of high school and college or university, you have attended. Your signature at the bottom of the application form is required.

Application Fees

International students are required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $250 US to the University as a nonrefundable processing fee. The fee should be paid by a money order, or a cashier’s check made payable to East-West University.

Affidavit of Support (Proof of availability of funds)

A prospective international/foreign student is required to demonstrate Proof of Availability of Funds when he/she applies for an F-1 student visa in or outside of the United States. USCIS (United States Custom and Immigration Services) Counselors/Officers at the local US Embassy need to be sure that the student can live in the US and pay his/her tuition without working. Proof of Availability of Funds can be demonstrated either by Prospective Student directly or through Sponsorship. A prospective student (18 years old or above) can provide a letter from his/her bank showing availability of funds in the account under his/her name. The total balance of all the accounts should be larger than $32,750. The bank can be located either in the United States or outside of the United States, but the letter has to be either in English or translated to English by a notarized translator. All balances in the accounts need to be stated in or translated into dollars.

To provide Proof Availability of Funds through sponsorship, a US citizen or a legal resident of the US must fill out an Affidavit of Support (I-134 form) where he/she declares intent to support the student with the tuition, room and board and living costs. Form I-134 does not constitute a legal obligation but is solely a declaration of intent. The sponsor also needs to provide a letter from his bank, reflecting the existence of funds (minimum $32,750, preferably in the savings account, plus $5,000 additionally for each dependent, like spouse or children). The sponsor also has to provide a letter from his employer (stating annual salary) or a copy of the prior year’s federal tax return.

In cases where parents will sponsor the student, they need to make an official declaration (a letter notarized by a Public Notary) that they will provide support with room and board, living and transportation; and they will also cover the tuition in the duration of entire studies. Parents also have to provide a letter from the bank showing the current balance ($32,750.00 or above per student). The letter should be in English, notarized by Public Notary. The student needs to present her/his birth certificate as well.

Transcripts

Official high school or college/university transcripts are required. They must be in English. Transcripts from foreign universities must be evaluated by an acceptable US-based agency, such as Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. to transfer credits to East-West University.

TOEFL

The TOEFL is not required for admissions at East-West University. However, students are encouraged to take the test and submit results for evaluation and placements. The TOEFL score for the East-West University is 65 (if available). All incoming students are required to take the University math and English placement tests.

F-1 Visa

Non-immigrants admitted to the United States temporarily to pursue full-time academic studies in colleges, universities, seminaries, conservatories, academic high schools, other academic institutions, and in language training fall under the F-1 category. This visa will be issued to the prospective student by an American embassy or consulate after a thorough interview. East-West University will issue an I-20 form, upon the completion of the admissions process and payment of processing fees (mentioned above).

The acceptance letter, I-20 form, an affidavit of support and bank statements in original should be taken to the US Embassy/Consulate in the student’s country of residence so to request the F-1 visa. The passport should be valid for at least 3 or more years. The consulate officials will issue a visa if you can demonstrate to them that you have a sufficiently strong family, social or economic ties to your place of residence to ensure your return after completion of studies.

There is also a fee of $200 (paid through www.fmjfee.com, after the I-20 is issued, using ATM card/credit card), which the government charges for registering a new student in the SEVIS system (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System).

I-20 Form

The official title of SEVIS form I-20 is “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Studies”. This form tells USCIS (United States Citizen & Immigration Services) who you are, where do you live, what would you like to study, how long your studies are going to take, and how you are going to pay for your tuition, room, and board while you are in school. If you are granted F-1 status, your form I-20 is the most important document you will possess. Current form I-20 also serves as evidence of the legality of your presence in the U.S.

Once the student arrives in the U.S., he or she must continue studies at East-West University without interruption for at least one quarter.

Contact

Please feel free to contact the following staff members directly for more information and clarification of the issues presented here.

Katarzyna Petek
International Students Outreach Counselor
katepetek@eastwest.edu
(312) 939-0111 ext 1824

Office of Admissions
East-West University
816 South Michigan Avenue
CHICAGO, IL 60605, USA

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