There are a number of tasks one has to deal with before enrolling in business school, especially as an international student. I’ll lay out my list here – it’s specific to a UK student and Kellogg, but it should help a few of you out there nonetheless. Some of the links will require you to have a Kellogg ID – I wish they didn’t, as it’s not the kind of information that should be secured. Click on for the blow by blow list.
Quit your job Arrange a replacement in your house if you’re renting Move out of your house
- Terminate your services (e.g. mobile phone, internet, rent)
Sort out a leaving do, if you’re planning one
Kellogg Entrance tasks
- Decide if you’re going on the pre-school trip, KWEST
Select which trip you’d like to go on Submit a deposit Sign & send back the uncomfortably comprehensive waiver form
- Ensure you have the relevant vaccinations, and proof of these if necessary
Get extra medical insurance Send a cheque with the balance Determine whether you want financial aid. This is a loan – scholarships are awarded on entry, and if you didn’t get one, that’s the end of that. Submit a mugshot to the school Select Wingspan assessors. This is similar to getting references – you’ll need to find people you’ve worked for and ask them a bunch of questions about your performance to date.
- Submit a medical history to the Health service, including proof of immunisations.
- In the UK, you probably had an MMR jab when you were a munchkin, and a TB jab in your teens – but you might need a booster.
Obtain medical insurance. Northwestern has a standard insurance deal with Chickering. This is probably the easiest item to complete – simply log into Northwestern’s Caesar portal, select “Enrollment”, select “Health Coverage Plan”, then review the small print and look forward to a hefty debit on your student account. Easy!
- Obtain dental insurance. The above plan does not include dental, and we British are apparently notorious for bad teeth.
- Complete the pre-enrollment classes. More posts about that to follow.
US Entrance tasks
Ensure your passport is valid for the duration of the visa.
- Find a house. In the US, most people use Craigslist for this task.
Get a visa request form Select whether you’d like to be an F-1 or a J-1 student. Most people are F-1 students. Usually, you’ll only pick the J-1 if you are government sponsored. Next, you need to apply for the form that let you apply for the visa. (Seriously.) If you’re going for the F-1, that means you’ll be applying for an I-20 form. There are a bunch of things you’ll need to submit when applying – basically to ensure that you can support yourself while studying.
- Get a US study Visa. There are number of tasks to be completed – lists available here and here. You’ll need to schedule an interview with the US embassy, where you’ll be required to pay the SEVIS visa application fee of $100. This is done by credit card at the time of interview. You’ll also need to take a few items …
- The main visa application form DS-156
- The supplementary form DS-157 for males between 16 and 45.
- The contact & work history form DS-158.
- The I-20 form you recieved
- A mugshot that meets state department regulations.
- Evidence that you have enough cash to pay for your schooling and support yourself over your time at college.
- Evidence that you have ties to the UK, i.e. family, employment or property here.
- An undamaged passport. If you’re not a UK citizen, your passport needs to be valid for the study period plus six months.
- If that’s all a bit daunting, there is help available. Further useful information is available on this forum. There are also lawyers in the UK ready to advise people on these issues – some examples are here, here, here, here, here and here.
- Ship your gear to the US. A colleague of mine used this company, and they seemed to work well for him. They also provide a handy checklist for what you need to organise for US customs.
- Book a flight out there.
- Check in with the International office