International Students

International Students

Luther Rice is not currently admitting international students needing F-1 visas for study in the United States.

International Student Checklist

  1. Student applies to Luther Rice.  For additional information and guidelines please click here.
  2. TOEFL scores submitted to Admissions Office.  For more information on TOEFL click here.
  3. Upon acceptance the student must:
  4. Student completes and returns the I-20 application with copies of financial documentation.
  5. Student makes mandatory $4,500 ($1,500 USD for modules) deposit into his or her student account.
  6. Luther Rice issues Form I-20 and enters all information into SEVIS (U.S. Government system).
  7. Student completes form I-901 to pay SEVIS fee
  8. Student makes appointment at the embassy in his/her country.
  9. The U.S. Embassy/Consulate approves or denies visa.  Click here for information about the student visa process.
  10. The U.S. Embassy/Consulate approves or denies Visa
  11. If Visa is denied you must reapply.
  12. Form I-20 returned if Visa is approved.
  13. Student comes to the U.S. no sooner than 30 days before classes begin
  14. At Port of Entry the Form I-20 is processed, I-94 is given and dated, all information is updated in SEVIS.
  15. Student reports to Luther Rice no later than 5 days after arrival to the United States.
  16. Student registers for class.

International Student FAQ

Luther Rice is not currently admitting international students needing F-1 visas for study in the United States.

  • How do I apply to Luther Rice?
  • What happens after I apply to Luther Rice?
  • What about my dependents?
  • Can I attend without a student visa?
  • What should you take to the embassy?
  • What forms are required by the embassy?
  • What happens at the embassy?
  • What should I know before I travel?
  • Are there any travel restrictions related to foods?
  • What is the I-94 card?

Luther Rice welcomes applications for admissions following the completion of the senior year of high school. Due to the nature of international application processing, applicants should seek admission at least six months in advance of the expected date of attendance. Luther Rice has two terms in which international students are expected to be enrolled as full-time students per SEVIS regulations and Luther Rice policy. These terms are fall and spring. (See academic calendar for beginning dates of each semester.) This will allow ample time for admissions review and notification. Students who are attending other colleges or universities are eligible to seek admission as transfer candidates.

Applications can be completed online or obtained by contacting the Office of Admissions at Candidates for admission are evaluated in a comprehensive application process using official academic records, TOEFL scores, Bible knowledge exam, written personal testimony and Christian character reference. The application fee of $50 is non-refundable.

We are committed to reviewing your application for admission and responding within a few weeks following the completion of your file in the Office of Admissions. The review of applications begins upon receipt of a completed application package (inclusive of all listed requirements in previous section). Notification of the admission decision will come by letter within 30 days after a decision has been reached.
For dependents to enter on an F-2 Visa, all names, birth dates and country of birth must be listed on the I-20 application. Also, a Form I-20 cannot be processed without the student’s foreign address. The F-2 spouse of an F-1 student may not engage in full time study, and the F-2 child may only engage in full time study if the study is in an elementary or secondary school (kindergarten through twelfth grade). The F-2 spouse and children of an F-1 student may not accept employment. If the F-2 spouse or child wishes to engage in full time studies he/she must apply for and obtain a change of nonimmigrant classification to F-1 or M-1 status. (Luther Rice only accepts F-1 Visa students. Luther Rice has only applied and been approved by USCIS to accept F Visa Students.)

Do not travel to the USA without a visa. Although Luther Rice admits a student to study here, it is the US embassy in that student's home country that makes the final decision in granting that student a visa. To locate the embassy in your country search which is maintained by the US State Department.

Remember that the embassy will close for both U.S. and local holidays.

Try to arrange the date for a visa interview long before the day you plan to travel to the U.S.

Most universities in the United States begin their academic year in August, so remember that this is a very busy month at the embassy.

Important Note: All embassies process visa applications differently, so you may need additional forms such as your high school or local college/university transcripts and test scores. In order to know what documents you will need, contact the embassy before you apply at

Important Note about Tourist Visas: You should not enter the U.S. as a tourist using a B-1/B-2 or using the WT- Visa Waiver Process! You intend to be a student, so you should not apply as a tourist. You will risk committing visa fraud if you enter using an inappropriate visa, and tourist visas are also very difficult to later change to a student status. Don’t worry if you already have a tourist visa in your passport, this does not change your student visa application. However, if it is near your travel date, and you have not received an I-20 from Luther Rice, you can ask the embassy if you qualify for a special prospective student notation on a B tourist visa. Only if “prospective student” is written on the visa can you enter the US and later change to student status.

It is crucial that you provide the proper documents during your first visa application. You must also be prepared to pay a processing fee. If you do not receive a visa, you may be required to wait several weeks or even months before you can have a second review.
A visa Application form (available at the embassy)
Proof of finances (e.g. a letter from your bank)
The I-20 form issued by Luther Rice
The letter of admission to study at Luther Rice
Passport sized photographs of yourself
Your valid passport
If you cannot mail your application, then you will talk to a consular official who reviews many visa applications every day. The consular officer will quickly review your documents and ask about your plans of study. The officer verifies that you have the academic and English language skills and the financial resources for study at Luther Rice. Since you are applying for a non-immigrant visa, the officer may look for proof that you intend to return to your home country. The officer will then give you instructions about when to return to pick up your documents and your visa (or when to expect them in the mail), or you may receive a request to submit additional information.
Do not arrange to fly to the USA prior to getting your student visa from the embassy. Students should not come to the USA on a tourist visa. If you do not have the correct immigration paperwork, you may have difficulty officially entering the USA upon arrival because you will need all of these documents in order to officially enter the USA at the airport - your port of entry. Carry your immigration documents with you onto the plane! These documents are valuable and can be difficult and expensive to replace. Sometimes bags that are loaded into the plane can be lost between connections.
In preparing to travel you should be aware that there are many foods that cannot be carried into the USA. There are places in Athens and Atlanta where our students can purchase traditional foods. Please make certain that you don’t bring illegal food into the USA by mistake. If you are thinking about bringing food with you, please talk to your travel agent or airline company about food restrictions.
On the airplane, you will be given another immigration document called an "I-94 arrival/departure record". It is white and, although it is small, it is very important. You must write the information requested on this form before you land because the airport has an inspection area where the I-94, passport, visa, I-20 and all your financial information will be reviewed. Your documents will be stamped and you will be given part of the I-20 and part of this new I-94 card. You will not be asked to show these documents again until you at Luther Rice, so you should put them in a safe place for the rest of your travel.


International Students Important Information

The International Student Services Office has provided the following documents for current students and those that may be interested in attending Luther Rice.

Student Web-mail, library usage, Blackboard and course registration information.

Contact the International Student Services Office at or 1-800-442-1577 ext. 5517  and 770-484-1204 ext. 5517

Working in the US

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  • Pre-OPT Completion
  • Important OPT Information

Maintaining Legal Status

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