You’re Welcome Here!
International Students are always welcome at Avila University! We are a fully-accredited university located in Kansas City, Missouri, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and graduate degrees. Choose from International Business, Computer Science, Management, Communication, Business Administration, Psychology, Education, Social Work, and many more.
At Avila, we believe that you should have access to a variety of ways to study. Life is busy and you can choose a program that works best for you!
Avila University works in partnership with InUni to support all international applicants and prospective students at every stage of their application journey. Contact an InUni advisor to get the process started!
Studying at Avila is easy but there are steps you need to go through in order to start your education here! Visit our FAQ page to learn more about the process and answer questions you have before you start.
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This is the first step in the process. Once you apply, you will receive a confirmation email confirming registration and outlining any missing documents you may need to provide. Ready to get started? Apply here!
Once Avila has received all your required documents, your application will be reviewed by our admissions team. You will be notified of a decision on your application via email, so please ensure this is up to date and an email you can access.
All students must demonstrate that they can show financial means to cover the tuition and living expenses of the program they are applying for.
Once the necessary financial documents have been submitted, they will be reviewed by the Avila DSO team and confirmed if they meet the requirements for an I-20 to be issued. If there are any queries or issues with the documents provided, you will receive a notification from the Avila team.
Your I-20 will be issued after your financial documents have been approved by our DSO. The I-20 will be sent to you via email, and you should check the document to ensure all details are correct.
After your I-20 has been sent another email will follow introducing you to your Academic Advisor
In order to receive an F-1 Student Visa to study at Avila University, you will need the following:
- Your passport
- Your I-20 from Avila University. View the requirements to get your I-20
- Form DS-160 application. Check a U.S. embassy/consulate for information.
- A bank statement showing you have sufficient funds to attend Avila University
- SEVIS paid receipt. Pay your SEVIS fee at http://www.fmjfee.com
U.S. embassies or consulates in certain countries may have additional document requirements. After you have the required documents, present them to a U.S. embassy or consulate to receive your F-1 student visa.
To receive a student visa, you will also need to show:
- Your plan is to study at Avila University.
- You are connected to your home country and will return there after completing your degree.
For more information about your F-1 Student Visa and why you need one, click here for more information.
After receiving and notifying Avila about your VISA acceptance, an email will be sent out to you regarding the next steps, including deposit payment.
You now need to consider preparing for your travels to the United States which will include:
- Securing your accommodation and housing with Avila. To get started you will need to complete the housing form and questionnaire to let our team know what you are looking for.
- Booking your flights and informing the team of when you will be flying to the US.
- Remember – you can only enter the US 30 days or less before the start date on your I-20.
To confirm your enrollment and secure your place, a deposit is required within 7 days of receiving your VISA.
Once payment has been confirmed by Avila then the pre-arrival process will commence to ensure you have everything set up prior to travelling.
If you don’t want to live on campus, there are a variety of housing options within close proximity to campus. See a preferred list here. Avila recommends that all international students stay on campus as we believe it provides the best option for students who would like to have a fully immersive experience while they study in the US.
Every international student is automatically enrolled in medical insurance provided by Avila’s insurance plan. You will be billed for this insurance and it will show up on your bill. More information about insurance is provided in your Pre-Arrival Guide.
Shortly after your acceptance and deposit, you will be sent a Pre-Arrival Guide. This guide will provide you all the information you need to know about arriving in Kansas City, and about Avila University. Make sure you read this information thoroughly so you know what to expect. A copy of the guide can be found here.
In order to make sure you arrive and are greeted and welcomed in the Avila way, we want to know when your arrival date is. Some information we will request is:
- When are you flying?
- What are your flight details?
- Have you booked accommodations and if so, are they on campus or off campus?
- Do you have transportation from airport?
It is important you fill out the following pre-arrival form.
It is very important that you are settled in before Orientation Day. This day will be a long-day of important information to help you get settled in and to begin your time as an Avila Eagle! During Orientation, you will be confirmed as fully enrolled and will be issued your payment for your first semester.
“The staff at Avila has been incredibly helpful in helping me acclimate to campus life. They organized orientation sessions and introduced me to various campus resources, making the transition much smoother.”Sarala Rijal, international graduate student