Upon gaining admission to A&M-Corpus Christi, our Coordinator for International Student Admissions will contact you at the e-mail address you provided on your application for admission to verify that you are still interested in enrolling. Please refer to the instructions below for further information.
If you wish to enroll
- Should you choose to enroll, the International Student Services Coordinator will generate an I-20 for you. To receive your I-20 and other immigration documents, please access the following secure website: https://study.eshipglobal.com. Please note that this service is at the student's expense. Once your request has been made, you will be asked to provide a credit card number to complete the transaction. You will be prompted to create your own user name and password in order to create an account. Once you are prepared to request the shipment of your I-20, please select Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and then the Office of International Education as the sender. You will need your Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student ID number, your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and credit card information.
- You must complete an 1-901 Fee Form and pay the $200.00 fee online at https://www.fmjfee.com/index.jhtml. Be sure to retain your payment receipt, as you will be required to present this receipt later as proof of payment.
- After you have paid your SEVIS fee, you will take the payment receipt, your official letter of admission from A&M-Corpus Christi, and your I-20 to the U.S. Embassy located in your country. There you will be issued your F1 student visa which you will use to enter the United States.
- You are required (prior to the first day of classes or moving into on-campus housing, whichever occurs first) to provide documentation from a U.S. health care provider of a negative TB skin test (Mantoux tuberculin test) or negative chest X-ray. The report should be submitted directly to the University Health Center. In accordance with the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), USA, a skin test is required even if you have had a BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guerin) vaccine. A chest x-ray is recommended for persons with a history of positive TB skin tests. Students in nursing, the clinical laboratory science track in biomedical sciences, and education programs must meet specific immunization requirements. Information about the requirements may be obtained from the appropriate departments.
- You are required to be covered by the Texas A&M University System's student health insurance plan or to show proof of an equivalent insurance coverage. Note: Students without insurance cannot register for classes.
Preparing to travel to/entering the United States
- Once you have obtained your student visa, you can begin making your travel arrangements to the United States. PLEASE NOTE: U.S. federal law mandates that you may enter the country no more than 30 days prior to the program start date indicated on your I-20.
- When you enter the United States, you will be required to present your I-20, your current passport, and your student visa. Upon presenting these items, you will be issued an I-94 card. It is very important that you keep all these documents on you at all times, as they will be used to validate your travel to/from the United States.
Arriving to campus
- After you have arrived in Corpus Christi, you must meet with the Coordinator of International Student Admissions so that they can obtain your local contact information and copies of your official documents to be placed with your student file.
- The Coordinator will verify that you have obtained health insurance. If you are unable to provide proof of health insurance, an application for student health insurance will be provided to you.
- You will meet with your academic advisor to review your degree plan and register for your classes.
- We require that you complete our Online Orientation Module for new students or, if you are able, attend a New Student Orientation in person (recommended). Please contact the Office of New Student Programs for information.
Things to remember
- Always maintain your local contact information. If you move, be sure to update your contact information via the S.A.I.L. Student Portal. You will also need to contact the Coordinator of International Student Admissions to make them aware of the changes to your contact information.
- You are required to have health insurance during the course of your studies in the United States. Please inquire with the Coordinator of International Student Admissions to retrieve an application for University Health Insurance if you do not have your own.
- If you are traveling outside of the United States, you must have the Coordinator of International Student Admissions sign Page 3 of your I-20 in order to authorize your travel. Failure to retrieve their official signature will result in your inability to leave/enter the United States.
You may contact the Coordinator of International Student Services with your questions.
Ms. Karin Griffith
Coordinator, International Student Services
Location (on campus): CCH 126