Coming to the Collective from outside the US

One of the things that makes the Collective such a vibrant place to be is the diversity of students who attend.

We welcome students from all over the world. If you’re not a US citizen, you’ll need to obtain a student visa to attend the Collective. Before applying for a visa, however, you must be accepted to the Collective, and have paid your program deposit.

The Visa Process

After your deposit is paid, we’ll send you an I-20 application form for you to fill out and return to us, this is the first step in obtaining your visa. Next, fill out the I-20 form, and return it along with a $100 I-20 processing fee. When we receive your filled out I-20 application form and the processing fee has been paid, we will send you a completed I-20 form.

Next, you must pay an I-901 fee of $350 to SEVIS. This may be done online using Visa, Master Card, or American Express. Please click this link to make your online payment: You will need your SEVIS number, which can be found in the upper right hand corner of your I-20 form. It is an eleven-digit alpha-numerical number starting with the letter N.

Finally, you should make an appointment to go to your regional US Consulate to get a student visa and the approval to come to the United States on an M1 student visa. Make sure that you are assigned an M1 Visa, NOT an F1 Visa.