Admissions FAQ

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $150, non-refundable, and must be paid before our admissions office can review your online application and documents.

How much is the tuition?

  • Academic and Test Preparation: $3590 (9 weeks) or $5790 (17 weeks)
  • MBA Preparation: $5790 (17 weeks)
  • Semester at SJSU: $7000 (18 weeks)
  • Active Communication in English: $3000 (5 weeks)

Please note: Tuition prices are subject to change without notice.

Do I need to pay a tuition deposit before I receive an I-20?

No, International Gateways does not require a tuition deposit. You will receive your I-20 after all required documents and fees have been received an processed.

Do I have to provide proof of funds for one year even though I will stay in the U.S. less than one year?

Yes. U.S. Homeland Security requires schools to collect proof of funds for the first year even if the student is not planning to study for a full year. Please keep in mind that the amount on the bank statement/financial statement will be listed on the I-20, and that you will need to take the bank statement with you to your F-1 visa interview.

How can I bring my spouse and/or children as dependents?

Applicants who want their spouse and/or children to accompany them to International Gateways must provide their dependent(s) information on our online application. Applicants must submit the dependent(s) passport page and additional funds of $14,000 for each dependent. 

What is an I-20?

An I-20 is a government document that certifies that the student is eligible to be an F-1 student. You will use the I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa.

How long does it take to process my I-20?

Your I-20 will be issued within 5-7 business days from the time our admissions office receives and reviews your online application, application fee, and all required documents.

Your I-20 will be sent by express mail. International shipping usually takes 3-5 business days.

What do I do when I receive my I-20?

You must pay the SEVIS fee and apply for an F-1 visa interview.

The application steps may vary depending on the U.S. Embassy that you plan to apply. Please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy where you plan to apply for the visa interview. December, January, July and August are very busy months for the U.S. Embassies worldwide. Please make an appointment in advance. It is important to note that schools in the U.S. cannot guarantee that the U.S. Embassy will issue an F-1 visa for the purpose of study in the U.S.

When can I apply for an F-1 visa and when can I enter the U.S.?

F-1 visas can be issued up to 120 days prior to the program start date.

F-1 student can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date. You can find the exact “earliest admission date” on the first page of your I-20.

What if my visa gets denied?

If your F-1 visa is denied, please inform us in writing immediately. You will then be required to send us the original I-20. Once we receive the I-20, we can begin the tuition refund process. Please see our Tuition Refund Policy for more specific information.

What do I need for the F-1 visa interview?

Please see the Visa Hints page for information on the visa process. 

When can I apply for an F-1 visa and when can I enter the U.S.?

F-1 visas can be issued up to 120 days prior to the program start date.

F-1 student can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date.