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At Curry our international student body brings a cultural richness to the College. Our commitment to our international students includes individual attention to assure a smooth transition to college and life in the United States, and to assist with your educational goals.

International Student Advisor - Sheila Vaughn

Sheila VaughnAs the International Student Advisor it is my role to work with you from the time you apply to the College to your arrival on campus in the fall. I will also navigate the U.S. government immigration policies with you. It is my goal to assist you in the interpretation of these complex rules and regulations and to support you in the attainment and maintenance of legal status.

The U.S. government requires all international students to meet strict eligibility requirements prior to being granted a student visa and also during their stay in the United States. For specific information pertaining to U.S. immigration policies and procedures, please refer to the government websites below:

Important Information:

Requirements for International Students

  • Fill out either the online application or our printable application, along with a non-refundable fee of $50.00
  • An official high school transcript, translated and evaluated, and if applicable, official GSCE examination scores
  • A letter of recommendation from guidance counselor or high school teacher
  • A college essay
  • If English is not your first language and you are applying to the Nursing or Education programs, you will be required to submit results of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination or IELTS.
  • If English is your first language you must submit your SAT and/or ACT scores directly from the appropriate testing agency.


TOEFL/IELTS

If English is not your first language, you must submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. We accept TOEFL and IELTS. Listed below are the scores we are looking for:

TOEFL: must be 80 or higher
Nursing 85 or higher

IELTS: must be a 6.0 or higher
Nursing 6.5 or higher 

Document Translated and Evaluated

All international educational transcripts and certificates must be translated into English AND evaluated by an accredited agency that specializes in international educational evaluations, such as the Center for Educational Documentation (CED) which is located in Boston, (617) 338-7171, www.cedevaluations.com. Additional accredited agencies can be found at www.naces.org.

The following are rules to maintaining proper status on your F-1 visa:

SEVIS Record

Providing the International Student Advisor with timely information in order to maintain an up-to-date SEVIS record is extremely important and applies to each of the rules listed below.

  • Enrollment at the beginning of every session (excluding authorized break periods)
  • Address changes within 10 days of the change
  • Employment
  • Change in program of study
  • Change in academic status
  • Intent to travel outside the United States
  • Need to extend program


Full-time enrollment

In order to maintain F-1 student visa status you need to be enrolled in full time studies at Curry College. Definition of full-time studies is a minimum of 4 classes 12 credits. Should unforeseen circumstances arise which force you to decrease course load, or drop a class, you first should discuss the change with the International Student Advisor to learn of the impact the change in class load would have on your legal status of foreign student. Each term you need to ensure that you are registered for classes in your school, so that the International Student Advisor will re-register you in SEVIS. 

NOTE: Should you fail to register at the beginning of each term with your International Student Advisor you will immediately lose your legal status regardless of the expiration date on your I-20 form.  

Length of Study

You may stay legally in the United States as long as you are a full time student. However, your F-1 needs to be issued for "Duration of Status" (abbreviated on the I-20 card as "D/S"). At the time when your F-1 Visa is extended beyond the original expiration date, you should obtain a new Form I-20 with the new expiration date from your school's ISA. This will help you keep track of your new expiration date and insure that your information is properly updated in the SEVIS database. However, if you depart the U.S. with an expired visa page in your passport or without an F-1 visa page (in case you changed status to F-1 while in the U.S.) you will need to obtain a new F-1 Visa before returning to America and resuming your studies. A student visa to enter the U.S. can be issued only at an Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Employment

An F-1 student can only work on campus for no more than 20 hours a week. In the summer you may work full time. No off campus employment is allowed. Unpaid internships are allowed but you must notify the International Student Advisor for approval first. After the completion of a program a student can apply for OPT (optional practical training). OPT is paid employment for 12 months. Students who wished to do OPT must come to my office 60 days before the date of their graduation.

Vacation

An F-1 student at an academic institution is considered to be in status during the annual (or summer) vacation if the student is eligible and intends to register for the next term.

MLOA (Medical Leave of Absence)

In circumstances where a medical condition requires absence from classes you will need to fill out the required paperwork.

Travel Outside the U.S.

When you enter the U.S. on a student visa you can legally reside in the U.S. as long as you are a full time student at Curry College. If you plan on traveling outside the U.S. make sure you are aware of the following:

  • You need a Form I-20 with current information that is signed by the PDSO on pages one and three allowing travel outside of the United States
  • Your visa and passport need to still be valid at the time you reenter the U.S. (this means that the expiration date on your visa has not passed at the time of reentry)
  • You cannot reenter the U.S. during the grace period granted after completing a program of study (unless the student has traveled to Canada, Mexico, or a contiguous island).
  • An authorized travel abroad period, in which you stay in contact with school, is the most common vacation period. A five month travel period abroad applies to those who have serious reasons (medical condition, surgery, etc.)


Change of Address

If you move and change your mailing address while awaiting Curry College approval of your application to change status to F-1 foreign student, you must notify the International Student Advisor and Curry College within ten days of filing the Change of Address form. This is essential, even after you have received F-1 foreign student status. Failing to do so may result in academic problems and potentially lead to a loss of F-1 legal status.

Completion of Studies

A foreign student who has completed a course of study and any authorized practical training following completion of studies is allowed an additional 60-day period to prepare for departure from the United States or to transfer to a different academic institution approved by Curry College. A foreign student authorized by the International Student Advisors to withdraw from classes will be allowed 15-day period for departure from the United States. However, an F-1 student who fails to maintain a full course of study without the approval of the International Student Advisor or otherwise fails to maintain status is not eligible for an additional period for departure. Even if the foreign student overstays his departure period and falls out of status, under certain circumstances he may still apply for reinstatement of F-1 status.

Academic Failure

Lack of attendance, academic failure or other types of academic, disciplinary and other violations of the school's policies may jeopardize your standing as a student in a school and result in expulsion. You need to be familiar with the policies of the school you are attending to insure that you are always in compliance with them. Expulsion from the school which has issued you the most current Form I-20 would cause you to lose the status of Foreign Student and the right to legally remain in the United States. Under such circumstances, the student is expected to depart the United States immediately. Under certain circumstances student may apply for reinstatement of F-1 status.

I am traveling during the holidays, what do I need?

If you are an F-1 international student traveling outside of the U.S. during any of the school vacations, be sure to carry the following documents when returning to the U.S.:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Curry's Form I-20 signed within one year
  • I-94 card (small, white card stapled into your passport)


I lost my I-20 and need a new one...

You need to contact the International Student Advisor to make an appointment, you will need the following items:

  • The original of your most recent I-20 form (if applicable)
  • A photocopy of your I-94 card (small, white card stapled into your passport)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your F-1 Visa


Can I work?

You can only work on campus 20 hours a week during the school year. You may work full time during the summer. You cannot work off campus.

What are the rules and regulations of being an F1 student?

Download the Rules to Maintaining Proper F-1 Status form from our Required Forms (above)

How can I see my International Student Advisor (ISA) to check in at the beginning of the semester or get a travel signature?

Your ISA is Sheila Vaughn. You must make an appointment to ensure she is available to meet with you.  The ISA office is located in the Admission building behind the Student Center. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - 617-333-2210 or svaughn@curry.edu.

How do I apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training)?

You must make an appointment with the ISA and complete the OPT form (see Required Forms above) before coming to the appointment If you have question you can email svaughn@curry.edu.

As an international student planning your travel to Curry, we recommend you plan to fly into Logan International Airport located in Boston, Massachusetts, just 13 miles from our campus.

Transportation options upon arrival:


Hotel Accommodations

For families travelling with your student, the closest hotel is the Homewood Suites located at 50 Royall Street Canton, MA 781-828-470.  This hotel is located two miles from our campus.

If you are travelling to campus without family, please contact Sheila Vaughn at svaughn@curry.edu or call 617-333-2210 regarding travel arrangements such as your arrival date and time.

We look forward to your arrival!

International students are able to reside in our on-campus residence halls throughout their time at Curry College.  First-year international students will be placed in the North Campus Residence Hall.  This space allows students to have access to kitchens, common spaces, direct access to a professional staff member and residency within a community of both first-year and second-year students. 

International students may have U.S. roommates or other international roommates. The experience of having a U.S. roommate may be rewarding because it provides each student with the opportunity to learn about the other's culture.  Residence Life & Housing is committed to providing the best possible experience for our new international students in residence and will work with each of them to work on their transition to living with their new roommate upon arrival at Curry. 

The College's residence halls close during the following time periods; Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer Break.  There are limited opportunities for students to stay on campus and Residence Life & Housing is committed to working with all students who live outside of a reasonable distance from the Boston area, especially our international students. 

All international resident students must be enrolled in a college meal plan.  International residents will also have access to kitchen space within NCRH (for their first semester on campus) to prepare any meals they wish to on their own.  Students are encouraged to work with Dining Services should they have any special dietary needs (allergy, religious, etc.)

All International Students are required to have health insurance. You can opt into the schools health care but it is important you look at multiple plans to make sure you use the right one for you. Below is the link to our Health Services Office.  Additional information can be found here.


The Healthcare System in the United States

The health care system in the United States is much different than in most other countries. Instead of Government paid care which is available in many countries, each person has to pay for his or her own medical care in the United States. Whether you need to see a doctor, obtain prescription medication, have lab procedures done or if you're admitted to the hospital for any serious illness or injury, you will be required to pay some portion of the cost.

In the United States, Health Insurance helps to cover the costs of such visits and prescription medications which typically can range from $150 for seeing a doctor to over $30,000 per day for those admitted to a hospital.

Without insurance, the person would be responsible for paying all those costs. With insurance, the person is required to pay some portion (called a co-pay) for these costs. It is critical to have health insurance which will helps those who need medical care better afford the U.S. health care system. Students are required to carry health insurance and they also must comply with the Massachusetts immunization requirements.

As an international student it is important to know the U.S. Government does not pay any part of any medical expenses for international students and it is a violation of immigration laws for F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 students and their dependents to accept public assistance. It is very important that you sign up for an insurance plan prior to enrolling at the College or becoming ill or injured.

An admitted student must also report to the Curry College Office of Admissions if he or she becomes subject to any discipline process by a school or if his or her status at any school changes for any reason, or if information that was provided to the College in application materials is no longer accurate. The College may take action to withdraw its offer of acceptance and deny admission to (or continued enrollment at) the College, based upon this information (or failure to report these changes as required).

PLEASE NOTE:  At Curry College, we prepare our students to engage in active citizenship. Therefore, the College supports the rights of prospective students to participate in peaceful protests without concern that it will impact their admission to the College.

Once you have submitted your deposit you will be contacted by the International Student Advisor who will walk you through the processes of applying for your visa. Here are the forms that you will need to complete:

  • Certificate of Finance- if you have not already done so
  • ISVDR form


(Download Required Forms above)

The Certificate of Finance is a form from your bank stating you have enough in an account to cover one year's cost at Curry College. This form must be sent by certified mail and cannot be sent by email. The address to send it to is:

Curry College
Attention: Sheila Vaughn
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

The ISVDR form can be emailed to svaughn@curry.edu.

After we have received the above forms your I-20 will be created and sent by certified mail. You take the I-20 and make an appointment with the consulate in your home country to apply for a visa. It is important you call your consulate because each country is different on what you need to bring to the appointment.

Transferring an I-20 from another college or high school

You must download and fill out the "Transfer In" form from the Required Forms above.  You and your school's International Student Advisor should fill this out together.  Email this back to the ISA and I will send you your Curry College I-20. It is important to note that some border patrol want to see the visa matching the school on the I-20. It is recommended that even if your visa is not set to expire you should renew it at your consulate in your home country, with the current schools name.  As always contact your consulate to find out what you need to bring. 

If you have questions you can contact Sheila Vaughn svaughn@curry.edu.

Curry College offers an innovative first-year cohort/bridge model for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESoL) which transitions and supports academically qualified domestic and international students with ESoL needs related to critical reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Students in this cohort take select courses in their first semester and receive professional and peer support throughout their first year through the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC).

In the fall, students are enrolled in the linked courses, listed below, taught by Academic Enrichment faculty. They will also be taking Gen Ed courses and the initial courses in their majors.

AE 1030 - American Culture & Language I
This course focuses on improvement of English skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to support college-level work.

AE 1050 - Read Around the World
This course focuses on reading strategies that can be applied to any reading task to help students better engage in, critically read, and understand a variety of texts.

AE 1070 - Discovering Boston
This course explores the history, culture, and urban environment of the city of Boston through weekly trips, conversations, and written reflections. During these excursions, students learn about Boston and the United States and develop a group identity.

Students are required to meet once a week with a Writing Specialist in the Writing Center, and where appropriate, meet with a peer conversation partner or peer tutor. An international dinner is planned each semester, where students can show off their culinary skills.

At the end of the first semester, an assessment of their skills is made as they plan for their second semester.