Student Visa Process

Any international student planning on studying in the U.S. must fulfil the requirements for a student visa. The guide below will direct you through the important steps of obtaining a student visa:

  1. Acceptance
    The very first step on your journey to studying at WIU is to get accepted. Please see the International Admissions site for more information.
  2. Form I-20
    In order to apply for a student visa at a U.S. embassy you need a form called I-20. The form I-20 is issued by WIU once you are accepted and submitted some important documentation. You need to submit the following documents before the Admissions Office can issue the Form I-20:

    • Certification of Financial Responsibility – read the instructions carefully and complete the form. The I-20 is issued based on the information on the form, so make sure it is completed correctly and in its entirety.
      2015-2016 Certification of Financial Responsibility
    • Bank Letter or Statement – you need to prove that you have sufficient financial funds to pay for your first year of studies at WIU. A table on the Certification of Financial Responsibility will tell you the amount you have to prove in the bank letter. If you receive any athletic or academic scholarship from WIU, you can subtract that scholarship from the amount of funds required.
    • Sponsor Statement of Support – if the account shown on the bank letter or statement is not in your name, we require the Sponsor Statement of Support to be completed by each personal sponsor.
      Sponsor Statement of Support
    • Passport – submit a copy of your passport
    • Deposit – there is a $1,000 deposit due before we will issue the I-20. The deposit is only refundable in case of visa denial.

    Upon receipt of the required documents, we will issue the I-20 and ship it to you via UPS. Make sure to sign the I-20 as soon as you receive it. The I-20 is a very important document. Do not lose it and carry it with you at all times during your travel to the US.

  3. Visa Interview
    In order to study in the U.S. international students are required to apply for a student visa at an U.S. embassy or consulate. Below is a basic overview of the steps you need to take to receive a student visa. Make sure to check the U.S. embassy/consulate website in the country where you live for details.

    • Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (Form DS-160) and upload an electronic photo.
      Nonimmigrant Visa Application
    • Schedule a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country where you live. Be aware of lengthy waiting times.
    • Pay the non-refundable visa application fee.
    • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
    • Collect the necessary documents for the visa interview. Review the list of required documents. This is just a guideline. Please be sure to visit your U.S. embassy website for detailed information.
      Documents Required for Visa

    Hopefully your visa interview will be successful and you will receive your passport with the F-1 visa stamp in the mail within a few days. However, in some cases administrative processing can take up to several weeks. In case of visa denial, you can either try again or submit proof of the denial to WIU to receive the deposit refund. The visa does not guaranteed entrance into the U.S.

  4. Travel to the U.S.
    When you get ready to travel to the U.S. make sure you have the following documents in your possession and are prepared to present them to the immigration officers at the port of entry.

    • Passport & Visa
    • Signed I-20
    • SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment Receipt
    • Contact Information for WIU
    • Acceptance Letter

    Your entry into the U.S. is dependent on the review of the documents by the immigration officers.


Basketball Court Dedication

Please join us on March 29th at 2pm as we honor Joseph F. Miranda for making our outdoor basketball court dreams come true! This event is open for anyone and everyone! Refreshments will be provided.  

Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge

The Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge will be held on the shores of Crooked Lake on the Webber International University campus on Saturday, April 8th. Races begin at 9:00 a.m. and check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. The event is hosted by the Webber Rotaract Club with proceeds benefitting the Club as well as Stirring Waters, a local […]

Webber FBLA-PBL Chapter Places at State Competition

BABSON PARK, FL For Immediate Release During their Spring Break, nine Webber students chose to spend some of their vacation time at the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) Florida State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Orlando, FL. Esmeralda Fernandez, Logan Stewart, Joyce Caba, Carlos Rocha, Jordan Lively, David Szotkowski, Myusei Hagiwara, […]

Webber International University Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Babson Park, Florida For Immediate Release Founded on April 6th, 1927 by financial guru, industrialist, and economist Roger Babson (who also founded Babson College in Massachusetts), Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida will be celebrating its 90th anniversary on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at noon with an open to the public picnic lunch. Babson, […]

Darren Richie Joins Webber International University as Director of Athletics

Babson Park, Florida Mr. Darren Richie has joined Webber International University as its Director of Athletics. Richie last served at Colorado Christian University. During his nearly ten-year tenure there as Director of Athletics, Mr. Richie raised over 3 million dollars for the athletics department, and led CCU to four RMAC Sportsmanship Cup wins, appearances in […]

Webber Students Advance to Florida’s State PBL Competition

On January 21st, nine Webber students traveled to Valencia College East campus for District Competitions for Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda. The students competed in 23 different academic events. Each and every student successfully competed and earned the right to compete in the Florida State competition, which will be held March […]

Webber International University’s Accreditation Reaffirmed!

Babson Park, Florida Following a multi-year review period including an exhaustive self-study, the review and verification of thousands of pages of documentation, and comprehensive on-site review visits to the University’s campuses (located 550 miles apart), at its annual meeting in Atlanta on Monday, December 5th, 2016 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on […]

Webber International University Announces Tuition Freeze for 17/18 School Year

Like most colleges and universities, operating costs at Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida are skyrocketing.  Health insurance premiums have doubled.  From eggs to toilet paper, electricity to milk, costs are up across the board.  You name it and the price has likely gone up.  And, most schools, Webber included, have had little choice […]

Webber International University Welcomes ITT Students

Webber International University, Babson Park, Florida, announced today that it would make special efforts to welcome displaced ITT students into the University.   “We realize that most of these students got caught mid-education,” said Dr. Keith Wade, President & CEO of Webber International University.  “Our goal is to take as many of their credits, and […]

Webber Places in National FBLA-PBL Competition

Webber International University PBL Sigma Chi Chapter Places in National Competitions of Business Knowledge and Skills Babson Park, Florida For Immediate Release Having made strong showings at the State competition, two International University students placed in the top ten at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference held last week in Atlanta. These competitions test student knowledge […]

Webber International University Earns NAIA Champions of Character 5-Star Rating

BABSON PARK, Fla. – Webber International Athletics was bestowed a 5-Star Champions of Character rating for the 2014-15 season, by the NAIA Thursday morning. The Champions of Character initiative provides training for student-athletes and professional development for coaches and staff. The values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are put into play and accounted […]

Webber named a “Best in the Southeast” college by The Princeton Review

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY NAMED “A BEST IN THE SOUTHEAST” COLLEGE BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW ON ITS WEBSITE FEATURE: “2016 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION” Webber International University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review ( The well-known education services company lists the college among its “Best in the Southeast” recommended schools […]

hkeithwade"The only investments which cannot be taken away are ... in character, health, education, and family" Roger Babson, founder of @webber_edu About 11 hours agohkeithwadeReal live @Webber_edu students somehow coping with frigid March weather. About 1 day agohkeithwadeAnd for those who prefer to make their own lunch @Webber_edu About 1 day agohkeithwadeWe take lunch seriously @Webber_edu About 1 day agohkeithwade@webber_edu FBLA-PBL Chapter Places at State Competition - #GoogleAlerts About 1 day ago
hkeithwade"The only investments which cannot be taken away are ... in character, health, education, and family" Roger Babson, founder of @webber_edu About 11 hours agohkeithwadeReal live @Webber_edu students somehow coping with frigid March weather. About 1 day agohkeithwadeAnd for those who prefer to make their own lunch @Webber_edu About 1 day agohkeithwadeWe take lunch seriously @Webber_edu About 1 day agohkeithwade@webber_edu FBLA-PBL Chapter Places at State Competition - #GoogleAlerts About 1 day ago

Offering students an array of pre-professional and liberal arts and sciences programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core.