Zaytuna College accepts applications from international students. International students admitted to the College must then apply for an F-1 student visa.
Although applying for an F-1 visa is not difficult, it can take a few weeks or months to obtain the visa. For this reason, it is recommended that students begin the visa application process as soon after admission as possible to ensure all the necessary steps are completed before the beginning of classes.
Arabic Language Proficiency Requirement
Due to regulations governing the F-1 student visa, international students are unable to join us for the Summer Arabic Intensive Program. Therefore, international students must first pass the Arabic Proficiency Test in order to receive an offer of admission. After evaluating your application, the Admissions Office may invite you to take the test covering material equivalent to the first twelve chapters of Al-Kitaab Fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part 1, 2nd Edition. To learn more about how to prepare for the Arabic Proficiency Test, please visit this webpage.
Getting an I-20 from Zaytuna College
To apply for an F-1 student visa, applicants must first obtain a Declaration and Certification of Financial Resources Form I-20 from Zaytuna College.
The I-20 documents, among other things, financial ability to cover the cost of attendance for the first academic year at Zaytuna College. Applicants must have a letter of admission, an I-20, and proof of financial resources in order to apply for the F-1 visa.
Required Documents for an I-20:
Copy of current valid passport
Completed Certificate of Financial Resources
Bank statement or letter from the bank
Scholarship information, if applicable
Educational loan information, if applicable
Address exactly as printed on a FedEx label
All documentation must be provided to the primary designated school officer (PDSO) or designated school officer (DSO) at Zaytuna College at [email protected]. The College then creates and sends the I-20 to the applicant to apply for a visa. Applicants must inform the PDSO upon receipt of their visa.
After international students have received the I-20, they need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee (see https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2013/01/whatis-the-i-901-sevis-fee). Students need the I-20 and proof of fee payment for their visa appointment at a U.S. consulate. When students have received their visa and travel to the United States, all documents must likewise be presented at the port of entry, no more than thirty days before the program start date listed on the I-20.
The primary designated school officer (PDSO) provides resources and support to international students regarding their application for F-1 visa status to ensure compliance with U.S. federal regulations. They can be reached at [email protected]. The College also refers applicants to www.studyinthestates.dhs.gov.