Hosting the Nations
We have the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of international students from over 50 countries and all six continents each year. The presence of international students increases our cultural awareness and brings much joy, diversity and the pleasant sounds of many languages to our environment.
International Admissions Process
1. Apply for BSSM
Apply for BSSM online at MyBSSM and pay the application fee. Ask your references to fill in the reference forms online. After your application, your references and your application fee have been received, you will have a Skype interview. If you are accepted into the school, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to apply for your visa.
2. Begin M-1 Visa Application Process
You will receive another e-mail requesting information that will help us to complete your I-20 form within two weeks after your acceptance e-mail. BSSM will then mail your I-20 form through the U.S. Postal Service. Allow 8-10 business days to receive your papers. *The I-20 form cannot be sent to you by e-mail.
3. Pay SEVIS Fee
Pay the SEVIS fee of $200.00 for your I-901 form after you receive your I-20 form. This allows your M1 application activity to be tracked, and is required for entering the country. You are responsible for making the payment online.
4. US Embassy Appointment
After you have received your I-20 and have paid your SEVIS fee, make an appointment with the American Embassy in your country to get your M-1 visa. You are required to bring these documents to your appointment:
- I-20 form.
- Proof of funds for the year (Amount needed is printed on your I-20 form).
- Receipt from the payment for your I-901 form (SEVIS fee).
5. Pay Tuition
All International students are required to pay their full tuition in advance or you will not be able to attend class. We ask that you have your tuition paid before entering the country. Download the Financial Information Packet for key dates to keep in mind.
6. Entering the U.S.
You may arrive in the United States no more than 30 days before the first day of school. You are required to have these documents when you enter the country:
- I-20 form with M-1 visa notation.
- Proof of sufficient funds to meet your living expenses within the U.S. (can be a statement from your bank).
- Driving record in English from your country if you intend to drive (this helps keep your driver’s insurance low).
Support for International Students
To serve our international student population, we have a Director of International Student Services on staff to help students acclimate to the U.S. by providing several services.
Pam Spinosi is available to provide assistance concerning adapting to life in the United States. Pam has lived and worked abroad for ten years, and understands the unique joys and challenges of international living.Contact Pam
Each year we have student orientation as well as a welcome reception to get our international students acquainted and adjusted to life at BSSM. We also host the Festival of Cultures, an event celebrating our international students and the cultures of their home countries.This Years Events >