Accepted International Students
Congratulations on your acceptance to Moravian College!
Follow these steps to become a Moravian College student:
Pay your $400 Enrollment Deposit (ARD) as soon as possible to confirm your enrollment in the coming semester. After you pay your deposit, International Admissions will send you the I-20 which you will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for a student visa. You will also begin to receive the pre-orientation emails.
You can pay the enrollment deposit online using the following options:
- Pay online
- Electronic Wire transfer - Please contact Dr. Manuel (Manny) A. González (email@example.com ) for specific instructions to complete a wire transfer.
All international students must register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). After you pay the enrollment deposit, you will receive your I-20 (F-1 students). Please review your I-20 for accuracy. You can pay the SEVIS fee at www.fmjfee.com. Visit the SEVIS website and review the Student Visa Requirements below for more information.
Once you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, you can begin the student visa application process. Visa application requirements vary by country, so you should go to www.usembassy.gov/ to find the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest to you and research the specific requirements.
Please email Dr. Manuel (Manny) A. González, Executive Director of International Enrollment, at firstname.lastname@example.org when you receive your student visa.
You will need to provide proof of certain immunizations and health tests prior to your arrival at Moravian College. For questions about the health forms, please contact: Debra Cline or Stephanie Dillman at 610.861.1567
You will also need to have health insurance for your entire stay in the U.S. Moravian College has partnered with Bollinger Insurance to offer plans that will meet your needs while studying in the U.S.
All first-time international students are required to attend a mandatory orientation program. Please contact The office of Global Inclusion (610.625.7847) if you have questions about this mandatory orientation. Visit the New Student Orientation website to learn more.
Fall semester: Due the first week in August.
Spring semester: Due the first week in January.
Questions about paying the bill should be directed to the Bursar’s Office at 610.861.1588.
Students coming to the U.S. to study will need a valid student visa to enter the U.S. Degree-seeking students will get an F-1 non-immigrant student visa. Short-term exchange students will get a J-1 non-immigrant student visa. International students are also required to register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The information on this page is here for a general reference. Requirements and regulations can change, so you should read and follow the instructions on the SEVIS website and the Department of State website prior to paying the SEVIS fee and applying for a visa.
See also: SEVIS Transfer Form
Steps to Get a Student Visa to Study at Moravian College:
- Pay the $400 enrollment deposit at Moravian College.
- Complete International Student Financial Aid Application, Certification of Finances Form and provide certified letters and bank statements of ability to finance educational costs. See Sponsor Requirements (listed below) for details.
- Receive I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) from Moravian College.
- Pay SEVIS I-901 fee.
- Apply for student visa.
SEVIS I-901 Fee Procedures
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) charges a fee of $200 for F-1 students and $180 for J-1 students to use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Before you apply for your first F-1 or J-1 student visa to gain entry into the United States, you must pay the SEVIS fee (Form I-901). This fee may be paid by the student or another person (friend or family). The SEVIS fee must be paid in U.S. dollars using one of the approved methods.
Please select your visa type below for payment options and procedures:
Student Visa Application Procedures
- Contact your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy to ask how to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa. View a list of U.S. embassies and consulates.
- After you receive a Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or a DS-2019 (for J-1 exchange students) from Moravian College, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate's instructions about how to apply for your student visa. It is important to apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible since there may be a waiting period for an interview appointment. Students cannot apply for your a visa more than 120 days before the program start date listed on the I-20/DS-2019 and they cannot travel to the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date. Do not make any non-refundable travel plans until you receive your visa.
Please select your visa type below for specific information about what to bring to your interview:
Sponsor Requirements - International Student Financial Sponsors
Most students are financially sponsored by family, friends, or organizations. A sponsor must understand that they are making a financial commitment to the student, which should not be broken. Sponsors who fail to provide the promised support force students to drop out of school and cause pain and suffering. Do not expect that the student will be able to help support the costs of their education through employment. Employment is strictly controlled by USCIS (United States Citizen & Immigration Services) and is very limited.
To prove you are financially capable of providing this support for every year of the student's program, you must provide the following documents (Please note that if all of these documents are not sent, your support will not be considered.):
- Certification of Finances Form (PDF): This form must be completely filled out in English, and must be completed by all persons (sponsors) financially supporting the student. All questions must be answered.
- International Student Financial Aid Application
- Certified letters and bank statements: Along with the Affidavit of Financial Support, three (3) consecutive months of bank statements must be included. The bank statements must be in the sponsor's name and include the date the account was opened, the current balance in U.S. dollars, average deposits and average balances. We cannot accept statements that do not specify balances, unless it is stated to be a minimum of six figures in U.S. dollars. Please note that if another person's name appears on the bank statement, that person must also complete a separate affidavit or submit a notarized* statement permitting those funds to be considered as financial support for the student.
*There are notaries public at all U.S. Embassies. In the U.S., most neighborhood pharmacists, lawyers, and accountants are notaries. There are notaries in all countries, though the names for them may be different. They are officials licensed by the national or regional government to take sworn statements for courts of law or to witness contracts and property deeds.
Moravian College wants every new student's travel be as easy as possible. We ask that all incoming students email the following information to us before the first day of orientation: flight number, departure city and time, arrival city and time, and the expected arrival time and location in Bethlehem.
We recommend that students choose one of the following airports for their entry to the U.S.:
- Newark Liberty Airport (EWR)
- John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City (JFK)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Directions to get to Moravian College from these airports: Travel to Moravian College (PDF)
The Lehigh Valley International Airport (airport code ABE) is also close to campus.
We know that students might arrive before the day they are allowed to move into their residence hall or that they might have friends and family travelling with them. Here's a recommendation about where to stay in Bethlehem.
Because international students must travel a great distance to get to Moravian College and the U.S., they may not want to travel with everything they will need during the semester. The information on this webpage will help you to plan what to bring from home and pack in your luggage and also what to purchase after you arrive.
Moravian residence halls have a bed, desk, chair, and closet for every student. Students must bring or purchase school supplies and any other items they want for their residence hall room. Students will be responsible for traveling with the proper documents and should consider bringing a few other items with them from home, listed below.
Items to Bring From Home
- Travel Documents - Make sure all of these documents are easy to find in a carry-on bag and keep copies in your checked luggage:
- I-20 or DS-2019
- SEVIS I-901 Fee Confirmation of Payment
- Financial Documents
- Moravian College Acceptance Letter
- Official health records
- Official documentation of vaccinations with a physician's signature
- Proof of health insurance, if purchased privately
- Outlet and Plug Converter: You should purchase an electrical outlet and plug converter for the U.S. from your home country to use with any electric device you bring. The U.S. operates on 120 V and has type A and type B electrical plugs.
- Camera: You may also want to bring a camera if you plan to participate in any field trips or travel on your own.
- International Driver's License: If you plan to rent or drive a car while in the U.S., you should get an international driver's license in your home country prior to travelling to Moravian College. International driver's licenses are valid for one year. After studying at Moravian College for one year, you will be eligible to apply for a Pennsylvania state driver's license.
Dr. Manuel (Manny) A. González | Executive Director of International Enrollment
1200 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18018
Office: +1 610-861-1644
Cell: +1 610-390-5744