Admissions FAQ

How much is the application fee?

The application fee for ATP/SAS is $150 and non-refundable.

The application fee for the Path to SJSU Degree program (ATP+Conditional Eligibility) is $250 and non-refundable. 


How much is the tuition?

  • Academic and Test Preparation: $3,770 (9 weeks) or $6,080 (17 weeks)
  • Semester at SJSU: $7,350 (18 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 and 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?

No. Depending on the IG program you select to apply to and your financial situation, you may need to show proof of funding for four, nine, or twelve months. Please keep in mind that the amount on your bank statement will be listed on your I-20, and you will need to bring the bank statement to your F-1 visa interview.


Can I enroll into an International Gateways program in a hybrid mode?

The Academic and Test Preparation (ATP) and Path to SJSU Degree programs are currently offered fully in-person on the SJSU campus. If you are enrolled in the Semester at SJSU degree, some SJSU courses may be offered online, and you may be enrolled in an SAS semester in a hybrid mode. Effective May 11th 2023, F-1 students may enroll only in one online course, and the rest must be taken fully in-person.


Can I bring my spouse and/or children as dependents?

Yes. Applicants who want their spouse and/or children to accompany them as F-2 dependents must provide their dependent(s) information on our online application. Applicants must submit the dependent(s) passport page and additional funds of $6,000 for each dependent. 


What is an I-20?

An I-20 is a government document that certifies your eligibility to be an F-1 student. The I-20 is one of the required documents for an F-1 visa interview. International Gateways will issue you an I-20 form if you would like to join our program as an F-1 student.


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

Your I-20 will be issued within 1-2 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 signed digitally and emailed to the email you indicated in your online application.


What should I do after I receive my I-20?

You must pay the SEVIS fee at and schedule an F-1 visa appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate.

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.

For more information on how to apply for an F-1 visa and prepare for an F-1 visa interview, please visit our For F-1 and Non-F-1 Aplicants page or the Department of Homeland Security’s Study in the States website.  


What documents should I bring for my F-1 visa interview?

Please visit our For F-1 and Non-F-1 Applicants page for more information or email


When can I enter the U.S.?

F-1 students 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. If you have already paid tuition, please refer to our Refund Policy for refund eligibility and instructions.