Designated School Officials

Please contact one of our DSOs

Sarah Curry
Undergraduate or Graduate Current Students
Scurry@annamaria.edu

John Delaney
Current Students
JDelaney@Annamaria.edu

John Hamel
Undergraduate, Graduate New or Continuing
Jhamel@Annamaria.edu

Kelley Katinas
Current Students
ktarani@annamaria.edu

John McLaughlin
Undergraduate or Graduate New Or Continuing
JMcLaughlin@annamaria.edu

Newly Admitted International Students

Welcome newly admitted international students! Congratulations on your acceptance to AMC! It is our goal to ensure you have the resources you need to succeed at the start of your F-1 student journey. From the time of acceptance until your arrival at AMC, we’ve got you covered!

All new International Students should plan to arrive and attend the 1 day International Transitions program. This program will be held on August 21. Banking, Campus technology, Phone and laptop set up, ID cards, registration, employment, campus shuttle, will be among some of the topics covered at this program.  This is a required program. Check in begins at 9 a.m. In the Information Commons Center.  Meals will be served throughout the day.

International Arrival Form

The college provides travel assistance on selected days from Boston Logan International Airport Terminal E. If you anticipate needing travel assistance from the airport, please complete this form after you have submitted a copy of your F-1 issued student visa stamp to the Office of Admission.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

  • Acquire an acceptance letter from the Admissions Office.
  • Pay Enrollment Deposit
  • Obtain a Form I-20 from the International Services Office
  • Apply for F-1 student visa at a US Embassy abroad
  • When your visa is approved, email a copy of the Visa stamp to the admissions office if you plan to enroll. If you are from Canada, contact the admissions office to confirm your enrollment.
  • PLAN TO ARRIVE ON CAMPUS FOR AUGUST 21.
  • Review New Student Orientation information on this webpage.
  • Download the Health and Immunization Forms so you can start gathering health documents required by MA state law for all college students. All international students enrolled in classes at Anna Maria for at least one semester are required to be enrolled in Anna Maria’s Student Health Insurance Plan. In rare cases, international students may waive participation in the plan if the student is carrying acceptable insurance with benefits comparable to the Anna Maria plan. If you are eligible or wish to check your eligibility to waive the Anna Maria health insurance, please reach out to info@univhealthplans.com or complete the health insurance waiver forms on this page after June 1
  • Secure housing by completing your housing contract. (Posted after May 1.)
  • Apply for your Anna Maria College Student ID
  • Pay your tuition bill. Information about your bill will be sent to you by email after July 1.
  • All international students must make arrangements to pay at least $2,000 of the initial portion of their student bill before August 16. I-20 records for students that have not made payment will be canceled on August 19, limiting entry into the  United States.
  • Prepare to travel to the U.S.  All international students (graduate and undergraduate) must have an approved F-1 or J Visa before traveling to the United States.

Obtain Form I-20

If you are currently outside of the U.S. and would like to study in the states on a student visa, you must first obtain an I-20. After submitting all of the required request for the I-20 application form sent in your NEXT STEPS email from the Office of Admission, sent after your acceptance letter is posted in your portal, You will be issued a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) electronically to your admissions portal, generally within 5-7 business days of submitting the completed Request for I-20 form. Please make sure to check the I-20 document completely. If edits are needed, please email the International Services and Programs Office at: internationalservices@annamaria.edu,

  • You must print your I-20 in color and bring the physical and signed (in the indicated area on page 1 in blue ink) I-20 with you to your visa interview.
  • Your SEVIS Identification Number is located in the upper left-hand section of your I-20 and begins with the letter N. You will need this to pay your SEVIS fee and schedule a visa interview.
  • Visit this website for more information on the Form I-20: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-and-the-form-i-20

Paying the I-901 SEVIS Fee

The SEVIS fee (currently $350 USD, this amount is subject to change) is a required part of the U.S. visa application process and must be paid before you attend your visa interview.

  • You will need your I-20 document from Anna Maria College before making payment.
  • When completing this payment process make sure you type your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 form
  • Print a copy of the online receipt and bring that with you to the visa interview.
  • The school code for Anna Maria College is: BOS214F00016000

Visit this website for an I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment Tutorial: https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee online HERE: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html

Applying for an F-1 Student Visa

  1. Complete the Online Visa Application, Form DS-160:
    You must complete the online visa application and print the confirmation page to bring to your interview.
    Here is the link to the Form DS-160: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
  2. Photo: You will be prompted to upload your photo while completing the Form DS-160. Here are the requirements: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html
  3. Schedule an Interview: You should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. Find your local embassy here: https://www.usembassy.gov/ Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. F-1 visas for new students can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the start date for a course of study. However, you will not be allowed to enter the United States on your student visa more than 30 days before the start date. Visit this website for a more detailed guide on applying for the visa: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html. Information on Various Embassy Visit waiting times can be found at this link. U.S. Visas (state.gov)

Preparing for your Interview

  1. Pay the Sevis Visa Fee Pay the non-refundable visa application (DS-160) fee if you are required to pay it before your interview. If your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee, if applicable to your nationality.
  2. Gather Required Documentation documents can vary slightly but generally the documents below will be needed. For additional information about what may be needed please see this guide.
  • Passport (valid for 6 months beyond your period of stay in the U.S.
  • Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Application fee payment receipt for your I-20
  • Photos
  • Form I-20
  • Financial Banking Supporting Documents
  • Admission Letter

Additional Documentation May Be Required A consular officer will interview you to determine your qualifications for a student visa, and may request additional documents, such as evidence of: – Your academic preparation, such as: Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and – Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school; – Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study; and – How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs. Find more information on the above here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html

Canadian Students Canadian citizens do not need visas to study or participate in an exchange program in the U.S. However, Canadian students do need to obtain an I-20 (or DS-2019) Certificate of Eligibility from the university, school or exchange program they plan to attend. Upon receipt of the I-20 (or DS-2019), the student will be registered with SEVIS, the student tracking system, will be assigned a SEVIS number, and will be required to pay a registration fee. When crossing the border to begin their study or exchange program in the United States, the student will need to provide the Officer at the port of entry:

  • A Canadian passport;
  • The original I-20 (or DS-2019) certificate;
  • Proof that the SEVIS fee has been paid;
  • Proof of ability to pay school fees and living expenses in the United States; and
  • Proof of ties to Canada.

Interview Tips

Visa Interview Preparation Most individuals who request a visa from the U.S. Consulate or Embassy must be interviewed. Be sure to make your appointment for an interview as soon as possible. Security checks will not begin until you physically hand in your application to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Your interview will last less than five minutes. If you bring lengthy documents (must be translated into English), be able to explain them quickly. Keep your answers short and to the point.

Conversation: The interview will be conducted in English. Be prepared to speak for yourself. Do not prepare speeches. Do not have a family member talk for you. If family members insist on accompanying you to the visa interview, have them wait in the waiting room.

Each year we see a few students that are determined to continue their studies in the United States without a financial plan in place. They “borrow” bank information from others hoping for a visa approval with a goal of “figuring things out”, when they get to the United States. This is NOT a plan. Please make sure that you have a financial plan in place to pay your student bill at the beginning of each term. Unpaid bills will result in you being dropped from your classes and the termination of your student SEVIS record. The college provides a number of tuition payment options that are available on the website.

Employment (for students): While you may be employed during your stay in the U.S. (for school-related internships or post-graduation practical training), it should be clear that working is not your intention. You are coming to Anna Maria to study. Be very clear that you will return to your country after completion of your studies to begin working.

Know your academic program and how it fits your career plan: If you are not able to articulate the reasons you will study in a particular program in the U.S., you may not succeed in convincing the consular officer that you are indeed planning to study, rather than immigrate. You should also be able to explain how studying in the U.S. relates to your future professional career when you return home. Be prepared to answer questions like: Why have you chosen this university? Who will sponsor your education? Do you intend to work in the U.S.? What are your plans after finishing the degree?

Not all countries are equal: Applicants from countries suffering from economic problems or countries where many students have remained in the U.S. as immigrants will have more difficulty getting visas. Statistically, applicants from those countries are more likely to be intending immigrants. They are also more likely to be asked about job opportunities at home after their study in the U.S.

Dependents: If your spouse and children are not coming to the U.S. with you, be ready to explain how they will be supported in your absence. If your family does decide to join you at a later date, it is helpful if they apply at the same post where you applied for your visa. If your spouse is applying for an F-2 visa, be aware that F-2 dependents cannot, under any circumstances, work in the U.S., nor can F-2 dependents study full-time in a college setting. If asked, be prepared to explain what your spouse will be doing while in the U.S. Volunteer work and taking incidental classes such as conversational English classes are permitted.

Ties to Home: Under U.S. law, all applicants for nonimmigrant visas are viewed as intending immigrants until they can convince the consular officer that they are not. Therefore, a common reason for visa denials is due to the individual’s inability to prove connections to their home country. If you have family, a job, land/property, or a residence/house that you will be returning to, bring proof to the interview. Deeds or papers that document the land or house you own are helpful. If you have a job waiting for you when you get back to your home country, have your employer write a letter stating that you will return to that position. If you are leaving your family behind, you could bring marriage and birth certificates to the interview. Written proof is always better than verbal explanations. You must be able to clearly explain your plan to return home at the end of your program.

Positive Attitude: Do not argue with the consular officer. If you are denied a visa, ask the officer for a list of documents that he/she recommends you bring to your next interview to overcome the refusal. Try to get the reason for the denial in writing.

All documents presented to a Counselor Official must be originals- NO COPIES.

Health & Immunization Forms

Find the required forms under “Required Health Forms” Medicat & Required Forms – Anna Maria College

Take the time to complete an update physical with your physician BEFORE you enter the US. Schedule an appointment with your dentists before you arrive. Make sure that all of the required immunizations are up to date.

Required immunizations for all students include:

  • two-dose series of MMR
  • three-dose series of Hep B
  • two-dose series Varicella (or proof of history of disease)
  • Meningococcal vaccine (for all full-time students, residential and commuter, 21 years of age or younger)
  • Tdap vaccination. All international students need to have Tdap immunization within 12 weeks of arrival in the U.S.
  • Covid-19 vaccination – initial vaccine series (two doses of pfizer, moderna or novavax, adjuvanted or one dose of janssen and janssen

Annual flu vaccination is also strongly recommended.

Deadlines:

Resident students must submit health forms by August 9. Students will not be allowed to move into the residence halls if outstanding requirements exist.

Commuter students must submit health forms by September 1.

Contact Information For additional information regarding the Anna Maria College and Immunization Form or Health Holds, please contact our Health Staff at Health & Counseling – Anna Maria College Health Services – Trinity Hall 508-849-3227 email: healthservices@annamaria.edu Webpage: Student Health Services – Anna Maria College

Coming to Anna Maria College

I-20 Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive my I-20?

Once you are offered admission you will need to make your enrollment deposit. After the deposit is submitted you will be sent an email with an I-20 Request form. Please complete this form. It can take 7-10 days for the I-20 to be completed.

Where can I find my estimated costs?

Your I-20 request form will have an estimate of the costs of attendance. The costs on your I-20 are estimates. IF you are living off campus, some of your direct costs may be less depending upon where you live, how frequently you eat and what you use for transportation. While the college runs a shuttle for students living off campus, we strongly recommend that all new undergraduate students live on campus during their first year.

What Kinds of financial documents are acceptable?

  • Savings and checking bank account statements.
  • Loan Approval Notices including conditional approvals
  • Private Scholarships

Are international students allowed to work?

In the first two semesters, international students are permitted to obtain on-campus employment only. CPT is only available after completing two full-time semesters and requires prior approval. OPT is generally completed after graduation.

Why doesn’t my I-20 major/CIP code match the name of my Anna Maria degree program?

Your I-20 Major/CIP Code will not always match the name of your Anna Maria degree program. The CIP code indicated on your I-20 is the government code designated for your major. The CIP titles and program descriptions are intended to be generic categories into which program completions data can be placed, not exact duplicates of a specific major or field of study titles used by individual institutions. Although you should remember to bring all potentially useful documents, it is also important to remember that the visa interview is a conversation, not a document review session. The burden of proof is on you personally to show that you intend to return to your country of residence after your studies.

The best thing that you can do is to clearly articulate:

  • Why do you want to go to Anna Maria?
  • What do you plan to study?
  • How do you plan to use your education when you return?

How soon can I arrive?

F-1 students: You may arrive up to 30 days before the program start date printed on your Anna Maria Form I-20

J-1 students and J-1 scholars: You may arrive up to 30 days before the program start date printed on your Anna Maria or J-1 program sponsor DS-2019

H1-B temporary workers: You may arrive up to 10 days before the validity date on your I-797 Approval Notice. Your earliest arrival date may also by printed on your H-1B visa.

Documents that you will need when you arrive?

  • Unexpired passport that will be valid at least six months into the future on the day you return to the United States
  • Unexpired F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Your visa document from Anna Maria (Form I-20 / Form DS-2019 / I-797 Approval Notice)
  • A valid U.S. visa (exception: Canadian citizens do not require visas)
  • Supporting documents such as:
  • Financial documents, such as your bank statements, scholarship letters, or job offer letters
  • F-1 and J-1 visa holders: Your I-901 SEVIS fee payment receipt
  • F-1 and J-1 students: Your admission letter
  • Employees and research scholars: Your appointment letter
  • Employees and scholars: CV or resume

Travel to Anna Maria College

Logan International Airport

All International Students are expected to Arrive on Campus on August 21 at 9:00 A.M.
The main port of arrival in the Greater Boston area is Logan International Airport (BOS), which is served by all major U.S. airlines and many international airlines. From Logan, Worcester can be reached by public transportation (commuter rail), shared van service, taxis, and private car services such as Uber or Lyft. Please note that if you use Uber or Lyft, your pick-up will not be directly outside the terminal, but rather in a designated pick-up place for Ride Apps in the Central Garage. Please visit click here for more information. Peter Pan bus company offers a daily bus service from Logan Airport to Union Station in Worcester.

The most convenient way to get to Worcester is to use a shared van service. The service will pick you up outside of the airport terminal and bring you directly to Worcester. Knight’s Airport Limousine Service provides a shared van service to Worcester.

You can use public transportation to reach Anna Maria College. This may be the least expensive option, but it requires you to take multiple forms of public transportation, which can be difficult when you have luggage with you.

And last – the college does provide Airport Pick up just prior to the Orientation programs scheduled in August.  If you are using airport pick, you must complete this form.

Contact Information
Office of International Programs and Services.
Phone: 01612 1-508-847-3306
Email: Internationalservices@annamaria.edu
International Services: 8:30 am–4:30 p.m.

Foundress HallOffice Location
Foundress Hall, Room 116
Anna Maria College
Paxton, MA 01612

Housing

On-Campus Housing:

As a resident student at Anna Maria College, you will be part of a lively and diverse community of approximately 600 full-time students who live on campus. You’ll make lifelong friendships and share a college experience that will have a lasting impact on your life

We strongly advise that international students live on campus during their first year, While the college supports a small off campus community living in the Worcester area with a shuttle service, we believe that the transition to life in the United States is far better served when you have the support of faculty, staff and students We are committed to providing you with an inclusive living-learning environment that supports your academic and personal aspirations.

We’re here for you every day to respond to your physical, emotional, and developmental needs. Our residence halls offer a wide variety of comfortable living options, from traditional to contemporary. For more information regarding housing on-campus, please visit the following link: Residence Life
– Anna Maria College

Off-Campus Housing

Anna Maria College and the International Services Office do not endorse or support any specific landlord or rental agency. There are a variety of websites and posting areas where you can find available housing off-campus in the local area: Telegram.com Zillow.com Apartments.com jumpoffcampus.com Bulletin Boards at local businesses.

The college does not have family housing. We advise that you use the websites listed to find housing in the area. The college does have a campus shuttle that runs during the week from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. Pick up is in the center of Worcester at Union Station. 

Health Insurance

Adequate health insurance at all times is required for F-1 international students, even during vacation periods.

International Undergraduate and graduate students are required to maintain full time academic status. For Undergraduate students this means at least 12 credits per term. (The majority of students are enrolled in 15 credits.) For graduate students, this means at least 6 academic credits per term. The State of Massachusetts requires all students that are enrolled in classes at this level to carry individual health insurance coverage. Students without such coverage will be billed a health insurance premium (currently ~$2,900 per year) for mandatory enrollment. Students who already have appropriate coverage must complete a waiver of insurance within 3 weeks of the first day of classes in order to waive the mandatory insurance premium. Waiving coverage for international students is infrequent. The majority of our international students will participate on the colleges Insurance plan. Any student not completing a waiver will be billed for insurance

Most international students will be required to participate in the College Insurance plan. If you have a plan in place that meets the US and Massachusetts Health Insurance requirements. Please review the Insurance Waiver Information by clicking below:

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Check out the web page to learn more about terms and plan options

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Tuition Payment Plans

Once you have registered for classes full-time, you can pay your tuition bill.
You can pay your tuition bill online, it’s easy!

  • If you use a U.S.-based bank, please log onto Self Service to pay your bill.
  • If you use an international bank, please use PayMyTuition to pay your bill.

For more information, please Click here.

Registering for Classes

F-1 international students must study full-time during the fall and spring semesters. Not registering for classes full-time is considered a serious violation of your F-1 visa and could result in serious consequences.

First-Year and Transfer Undergraduate Students: Please expect to hear from an assigned academic advisor to assist you with registering for classes

Graduate Students: Please contact your graduate program coordinator for assistance with registering for classes. You can find who your program coordinator is in your acceptance letter.

International Student Lectures & Events

  • Pre-Orientation for International Students  Wednesday August 21. This is a required program for all international students.
  • Summer Orientation – Thursday Aug. 22nd
  • New Student Move In & Welcome Weekend – Friday Aug. 23rd – Sunday Aug. 25th
  • Shuttle Transportation from Logan Airport to Campus requires registration. Please complete this for after your air travel arrangements are completed.
  • Dates available: August 15, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 25  All transportation shuttles leave from Boston Airport Terminal E at 7 p.m. on the dates posted.  Registration is required to access the shuttle.
  • New Student Orientation for the Fall of 2024 Information  can be found here.
  • Visa and Travel Requirements.