International candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's graduate degree or certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission.
Admission Requirements Checklist:
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates with fewer than 3 years of professional work experience.
Lasell University: SEVIS code: BOS214F00190000
*Materials should be addressed to:
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466
Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa and Entering the United States
Your Form I-20 is necessary to obtain an F-1 Student Visa. This visa permits you to enter the United States for the purpose of studying at Lasell University. If you enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, you will be required to leave the U.S. in order to enter on a proper student visa. You must be enrolled as a full-time student to obtain an F-1 student visa.
You are encouraged to apply early to get a U.S. Visa because at certain times in the year it is hard to get a visa appointment and processing times may be long. Do not buy plane tickets before you receive a visa! You may only enter the U.S. 30 days before the Program Start Date and should arrive before the first day of classes.
Visa Application Checklist
1. Immigration Form I-20; by signing it you acknowledge that you have read page three and agree to comply with the terms and conditions of your admission.
2. Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160.
3. A Passport which is valid at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the United States.
4. One 2×2 photograph.
5. A receipt to show payment of the visa application fee of $200.
6. The SEVIS I-901 fee receipt - also $200 To learn more about this new fee or to pay online visit http://www.fmjfee.com
All applicants should also be prepared to provide:
7. Admission letter to Lasell University.
8. Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended.
9. Scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution such as the TOEFL, IELTS, etc.
10. Proof of sufficient funds to cover all your expenses for the duration of your stay in the U.S. If sponsored by an agency, be prepared to show a letter of award. If your support is from personal and/or family funds, be prepared to show bank statements, certified letters of credit and proof of your annual salary and/or your total available or anticipated assets of that of your immediate family. At a minimum, you must prove to the satisfaction of the U.S. Consul that you have sufficient funds for at least one year of study. You will not be allowed to work off-campus during your time at Lasell and jobs on-campus are limited.
11. Supporting documents which strengthen your claim that you will return to your country after completing studies.
Consulates vary in the amount of time they require to issue a visa and the fees charged. It is important to contact the specific consular office where you intend to apply to ask about specific local procedures.
Obtaining a Visa
The Visa Interview and Questions
The Immigration and National Act has a strict set of requirements which must be met by applicants to qualify for the student visa. At the visa interview, the consular officer will be able to determine in a few minutes whether you qualify for the visa or not. It is important that you are prepared and know the qualifications for obtaining a student visa. You must:
If you are denied a student visa, request the reasons you were denied in writing and ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal. Contact the Office of International Services if we would be able to help or if you will need to defer your I-20 to a future term.
Arriving at a U.S. Port of Entry
You must check in with the Office of International Services at International Student Orientation to complete your immigration check in. If you are unable to check in at Orientation, please contact the Office of International Services as soon as possible after your arrival to campus.
Feel free to contact the Office of International Services with any questions prior to your arrival: by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (617) 243-2398.
Per Massachusetts State Vaccination Requirement Law, all full time graduate students (9 credits) who take at least one class on campus and all international graduate students must complete the Lasell University Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Form and provide documentation of being immunized against:
Contact your healthcare provider directly to obtain a copy of your immunization history. Proof of immunization and the Tuberculosis Screening Form must be submitted to Lasell University Health Services, located on the top floor of the Edwards Student Center. Health Services is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday. You can also fax the information to 617-243-2339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to get this documentation from your health care provider or if you are missing the required immunizations we suggest that you make an appointment with Fenway Health to get the immunizations you need. Fenway Health has three locations all accessible by public transportation. You can find out more information by visiting their website at www.fenwayhealth.org or calling them at 617.267.0900.
Graduate students must demonstrate compliance with all health requirements prior to the start of classes.
Contact, Lasell University Health Services, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at 617-243-2451 or email@example.com. The Health Services Office is located on the top floor of the Edwards Student Center.
Congratulations on your acceptance to Lasell University! We know this is an exciting time of year and you should be proud of your accomplishments. You have been selected from a competitive group of applicants and we know you will benefit from Lasell’s Connected Learning philosophy of education.
Declaration of Finance Form
International students must complete the Declaration of Finance form in order to obtain their Lasell Form I-20. This form is required in order to receive your Visa interview and your F-1 Student Visa.
International students who are currently in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa will also need to complete the Transfer Report Form. The Transfer Report is required in order to transfer your current I-20 to Lasell University. You will need your current international student advisor to complete this form.
Now that you are ready to experience every day at Lasell University, you need to submit your enrollment deposit to reserve your space in the program.
Graduate Student Orientation
The Graduate and Professional Studies New Student Orientation is held at the beginning of the fall and spring sessions. This is an opportunity to learn about the variety of resources and services available to help graduate students make well informed and appropriate academic and administrative plans. Additionally, students will meet and hear from Academic Department Chairs, faculty, administrative staff and other graduate students. New international students must attend.
International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation is held on the same day as graduate student orientation, invitation to follow. International Student Orientation is mandatory for all international students.
New Graduate Student To-Do List
New students are encouraged to complete a variety of tasks prior to the start of classes, as it will make campus access and course workflow easier to manage. The New Graduate Student To-Do List provides detailed instructions for a variety of administrative tasks such as setting up your email account, ordering your textbooks, completing the Graduate Online Orientation, and more.
Secure Housing Prior to Arrival
Graduate students must secure their own housing. Lasell offers on-campus living accomodations for graduate students. If you are interested in living on campus, you may apply for on-campus housing. For a list of off-campus housing resources, please email Thomas Morgan, Coordinator of Off-Campus Living & Commuter Student Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit Health forms
Graduate students must submit health forms to the Health Center.
Register for Classes
Graduate students use the Lasell University GPS Registration & Billing System to enroll in classes. To prepare for registration, course requirements and detailed course descriptions for the Graduate Programs can be found in the Lasell University Academic Catalog. The Course Offerings for graduate students can be found under Academics on the left hand side of MyLasell portal.
For assistance selecting your courses or registering, contact your Graduate Enrollment Counselor, at 617.243.2400 or by email, email@example.com.
As an F-1 visa holder, graduate international students are required to be registered for 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters. Any student who starts in the summer must also register for a total of 9 credits during their first summer term. Only 3 credits of the required 9 credits can be taken through an online course. The other 6 credits must be taken in hybrid form.
Begin Your Studies
See the academic calendar for session start dates. Attendance in class is very important and failure to attend classes could result in poor grades.
Complete SEVIS Registration
Within the first two weeks of the semester, all international students holding an F-1 visa are required to report, in person, to the Office of International Services to complete SEVIS Registration. Students must bring their passport, their I-20, and their current U.S. address and phone number to this meeting. Students will also receive important information regarding the federal regulations for F-1 students. For international student inquiries, please visit the International Student Services page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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