International Student Information

We’re excited to welcome international students to register for our Early College Program Summer Institute. Below is some additional information regarding important information about the program that pertain only to international ECPSI students.

Visa Support

SAIC recommends that international ECPSI students contact the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate to seek advice on the immigration documents they will need to enter the U.S. for the duration of their stay. You can locate your nearest Embassy/Consulate on the Department of State's website. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they are maintaining the correct visa status based on their specific situation and the conversations they have with the Embassy/Consulate in their home country. SAIC's policy regarding international students who take Continuing Studies classes can be found here.

Directions for Requesting an I-20

If you are an international student who may need an I-20 and an F-1 visa to participate in ECPSI, please reach out to cs@saic.edu and Victoria McAllister at International Affairs (vmcall@saic.edu). Visa appointment wait time and visa processing time vary at different US Embassies and Consulates around the world. You still may have sufficient time to proceed with your plans to attend the ECPSI even if I-20 and F-1 is required for you.

If the U.S. Embassy/Consulate has advised that an F-1 visa is required for you to enter the U.S. in order to participate in the ECPSI program, you will need to apply for an I-20.

  • Step 1: Email Proof of English Language Proficiency to the Continuing Studies Enrollment Office at cs@saic.edu. Please note: If you are from a country where English is recognized as the official language, you do not have to submit proof of English Language Proficiency to obtain an I-20.

The following documents are acceptable when trying to establish Proof of English Language Proficiency: TOEFL scores, SAT/ACT scores, or high school transcript if the student attends a US-accredited high school (such as an IB or International School).

  • Step 2: After you have submitted English Language Proficiency to the Continuing Studies Enrollment Office at cs@saic.edu, please email SAIC International Affairs at intaff@saic.edu and indicate that you need to obtain your I-20.

Note: International students are permitted to apply for the F-1 visa starting 120 days prior to the program start date listed on their I-20. In order to avoid visa processing delays we encourage you to connect with International Affairs as soon as possible after you have been admitted to the program at intaff@saic.edu.

Orientation Information

Join us on Tuesday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. CT for a webinar where we will review the next steps for enrolled students and discuss evolving COVID-19 protocols on campus.  An additional orientation video will be sent to students and families prior to your course start date. 
 
Finally, a brief orientation check-in will take place in SAIC's Neiman Center lobby located at 36 South Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 on Move In day. Our staff will be on-site from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Join us anytime during this period!

 

Arrival

Residence Hall Move In occurs on Sunday between 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Due to international flight schedules, some students may find it challenging to purchase a flight that will allow them to arrive during these move in times so they may attend the mandatory training. International students may arrive starting at 5 pm on the Saturday before their orientation if travel requirements necessitate you to arrive early. Please email Residence Life at reslife@saic.edu to alert them. 

Insurance

International students are required to obtain medical insurance coverage for the time they are on the program. We prefer that you provide insurance information at the time of registration but understand that it may not be possible for some international students to do so. If you registered without providing insurance information, please be aware that the following information will be needed by May 1st, 2022, or else your registration may be cancelled.

Please email us at ecp@saic.edu the following information by May 1, 2022:

  • Insurance Company
  • Policy Number
  • Insurance Phone #
  • Expiration Date

Insurance information can be emailed to ecp@saic.edu. If you are looking for a group to purchase insurance from, there are many vendors worldwide that offer a variety of insurance policies and it is the student's responsibility to investigate their options. SAIC does not facilitate this process. If you do not currently have an insurance policy that will cover you while you are with us, you can purchase a new policy and send us those details to satisfy this requirement. Many vendors world-wide offer a variety of insurance policies. You may purchase short-term coverage through Edusure, a marketplace that offers multiple student health insurance offerings or Patriot, a travel plan for students study abroad for international students. ECPSI students are responsible for making these arrangements, including payment of the premium. Edusure can be reached at 1.800.338.3924 and Patriot can be reached at 1.800.628.4664.