Hosting the Nations

International Students

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.

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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 need to pay your deposit to receive your I-20 form to apply for your M-1 visa.

2. Begin M-1 Visa Application Process

Once your deposit is paid, you will receive  I-20 form through the U.S. Postal Service. Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your papers. *The I-20 form cannot be sent to you by e-mail.

M–1 Visa Application

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 M-1 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 (Canadians are exempt from this step). You are required to bring these documents to your appointment:

  • Passport.
  • 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 by the International Payment Deadline or you will be unable to register. Download the Financial Packet for key dates to keep in mind.

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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:

  • Passport.
  • I-20 form with M-1 visa notation.
  • Proof of funds for the year (Amount needed is printed on your I-20 form).
  • Driving record in English from your country if you intend to drive (this helps keep your driver’s insurance low).

M1 Visa Information

Everything you need to know about studying in the U.S. on the M1 Visa.

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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.

International Student Handbook

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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.

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