Students must talk to an advisor before starting the OPT Application process.
The Academy accepts international students and is approved under the Department of Homeland Security to enroll non-immigrant alien students (USCIS school file number SFR214F01515000]). As an academic institution of higher education, the Academy is authorized to issue a Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20 for F-1 student status.
International students must also submit a Declaration of Finance form to be completed by their bank. This document must show sufficient financial resources, with a minimum of US $20,000 for one academic year to cover education and living costs.
If written in a foreign language, international students must have their official transcript(s) accompanied by a certified document providing English translation of course names, hours and grading system. College work completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency.
The Academy currently recommends the following evaluation agencies:
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Tel: 310-258-9451, Fax: 310-342-7086
11 South Angell Street #348
Providence, RI. 02906, USA
Tel: 401-521-5340, Fax: 401-437-6474
Applicants must include a $100 non-refundable application fee and $200.00 deductible admissions deposit fee.
All I-20 foreign students are required to submit an F-1 document request, bank certification for $20,000 (U.S. dollars), enroll full-time, which is defined for the purposes of immigration as a minimum of 12 trimester units each term. Questions regarding visa status, accommodations, etc. should be directed to the Admissions office.
TOEFL & IELTS
The Academy requires that students maintain English proficiency for successful didactic and practical clinical training purposes. Students may complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS).
The Academy requires that English program applicants meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirements at the time of admission. Chinese program applicants who do not satisfy the requirement may be considered for admission with English as a second language but must satisfy the proficiency requirements in English before beginning the clinical experience. A student may be exempt from the English language assessment exams if he/she has successfully completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Once the student has been fully accepted into the program, the ACCHS DSO/PDSO will issue an I-20, so that the student can pay the I-901 fee (www.FMJFee.com), arrange VISA paperwork and other legal documents. Once the student has received the I-20, he/she will need to follow USICS protocol, so that he/she can enter the United States. The International Student Life Cycle for admittance can be found here – Studyinthestates.dhs.gov/Students
Steps for a smooth application and customs experience: