Please note the international student webpages for the School of Graduate Studies are being updated. Please refer to the below for general information on the application and enrollment process for international students. If you have any questions, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at (443) 885-3185 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
INFORMATION ON STUDENT VISAS
The University is authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to issue visa documents for students (the F-1 visa). Following academic admission to a degree program, the School of Graduate Studies reviews the language, financial, and visa qualifications of the applicant. If all documentation is in order, a "Certificate of Eligibility" (I-20 form) is issued to the prospective student. In order to request a visa for entry to the U.S. as a student, the Certificate of Eligibility (the I-20 form) must be submitted to a US Embassy or Consulate, along with a passport and other documents indicating the purpose for being in the US Certificates of Eligibility are not issued to students who qualify only for conditional admission, or those wanting to pursue studies on a part-time basis.
The F-1 visa is appropriate for most international students. The tourist visa (B-2 visa) is generally inappropriate for students who wish to pursue study towards an academic degree since the term of the B-2 visa is likely to expire prior to the completion of degree requirements. A B-2 prospective student visa may, under certain conditions (for example, where there is an express intent to file for a change of status, i.e., from B-2 to F-1), be an appropriate option for a few international students considering full time studies at Morgan. International students with F-1 visas must maintain full-time student status during the academic year (i.e., both Fall and Spring semesters). Before transferring to another college or university, they must attend the University (i.e., the institution that issued the I-20 form used to apply for entry to the US) for at least 1 semester.
Click on the links below to download forms used commonly by international students admitted to a degree program at Morgan State and seeking the F-1 student visa.
- Financial Certification Form
- Transfer Eligibility Form (for students already studying in the USA on a student visa)
- Supplemental International Applicant Information Sheet
- Affidavit of Support (for international students supported by US residents)