The Form I-20 will enable you to apply for the F-1 visa necessary to study in the United States. The F-1 application should be completed immediately following the release of your admission decision. We will issue the Form I-20 and your official letter of admission after your supporting documents and enrollment deposit are received through the ISSS portal.
Once accepted to UConn, prepare electronic copies (.pdf or .jpg) of the required documents listed below. All documents must be named as "YOUR FAMILY NAME, your given name-item name" (e.g. SMITH, John - passport). Previously submitted documents as part of the application for admission will not be considered.
- Copy of passport
- Completed and signed Financial Declaration Form
- Financial support document indicating source of expected funding (e.g. bank statement issued after February 1, 2019 in English, personal sponsor) to show you can meet estimated costs for first year of program
- If you currently reside in the U.S. with an F/J Visa and will transfer your SEVIS record to UConn, complete the SEVIS Transfer Release Form with your current school's DSO/ARO. You may upload the completed SEVIS Transfer Form with your online I-20/DS-2019 request or your current school can send this information directly. Please note: UConn will not issue your new Form I-20 until after your SEVIS record is released by your current school.
Financial and visa documentation is not considered part of the application for admission and is to be completed only after an offer of admission is made. Documentation received prior to an admission decision cannot be applied towards the visa application process.
Admitted students must be prepared to verify their country of birth, citizenship, immigration status, date of birth, local international address (outside of the U.S.), ability to meet University expenses, and full name (which must match the names that appear on the passport).
University distributed financial aid, including need-based grants and loans, is not available to undergraduate international students.
We will issue the Form I-20 and your official letter of admission after your Financial Declaration Form with supporting documents and enrollment deposit are received and the checklist items in the Student Administration System are completed. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for processing Form I-20s.
Your Form I-20 can be delivered by the following methods:
Option 1: Send by Express Mail using eShipGlobal (all students living outside the U.S. must select this option)
To order express mail service, you will need to create an online account with eShipGlobal (Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers are recommended). Do not go to the DHL, FedEx, and UPS sites directly.
Be sure you have the following items ready:
- Your NetID issued by the University of Connecticut (eShipGlobal will refer to it as your "Student ID")
- Mailing address (P.O. Box not permitted)
- Email address
- Telephone number (the provider will contact you if there is issue with shipment)
- Credit card information (Visa, Mastercard or Discover only)
- Choose Department/Contact "Undergraduate Admissions Office" as the sender. Do not select any other option. Selecting a different department will delay the processing of your Form I-20.
Upon completion, eShipGlobal will send you an email confirmation that includes a tracking number and order details for your shipment. The DHL, FedEx, and UPS websites will not have this information available.
Option 2: Send by regular domestic mail (students living in the U.S.)
Domestic regular mail (delivery within the U.S.) normally takes 2-5 days* at no cost to you. There is no tracking method available for this option. If you choose this option, please be certain that you will remain at this address for at least 2 months after submitting your enrollment deposit.
Option 3: Personally pick-up Form I-20 (option for the local Storrs, CT area only)
For students living locally, you may pick up your Form I-20 at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions located in the Tasker Building, 2131 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT. You will be notified when you Form I-20 is available for pick-up. Photo ID will be required.
The Department of Homeland Security requires that all students obtaining an F-1 visa for the first time pay a fee of $350 in U.S. currency to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Proof of payment will be required before going to the U.S Embassy or Consulate for the F-1 visa interview. For more information about this process and required fees (such as the SEVIS I-901 fee) log into www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm.
For electronic payment using a credit card log into www.FMJfee.com. If making a payment by mail, the address is: I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee, P.O. Box 070020, St. Louis, MO 63197-0020. The address to courier the form and payment is: I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee, 1005 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101.
2020 - 2021 Estimated Yearly Expenses for Full-Time International Undergraduates
|Tuition and Fees||$41,902|
|Living Expenses (average)||$14,500|
|Books, Supplies, Insurance, Transportation and Miscellaneous Costs*||$7,189|
Financial declaration minimum requirement - $64,000