International Students

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 US embassy/consulate to seek advice on the immigration documents they will need to enter the US 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 and Melody Miller at International Affairs ( 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 US embassy/consulate has advised that an F-1 visa is required for you to enter the US 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 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, please email SAIC International Affairs at 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


Residence Hall Move-In occurs on Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 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 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before their orientation if travel requirements necessitate you to arrive early. Please email Residence Life to alert them.


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 1, 2024, or else your registration may be canceled.

Please email us at the following information by May 1, 2024:

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

You may purchase short-term coverage through Edusure (, a marketplace that offers multiple student health insurance offerings, or Patriot (, a travel insurance company for international students. ECPSI students are responsible for making these arrangements, including payment of the premium. 

Contact Us

Continuing Studies staff members are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT at 312.629.6170 or to answer your questions. We are here to help!