The I-20 is a "Certificate of Eligibility" document that is issued to international students who have been accepted to Central Washington University. The I-20 allows you to apply for an F-1 visa if you are outside the U.S., apply for F-1 status within the U.S. and enter and reenter the U.S. in F-1 status.
The I-20 indicates the institution in which you are allowed to study and your program and duration of study. The I-20 must remain valid at all times during your studies in the U.S.
After you have been fully admitted into CWU, the SEVIS Coordinator will create your I-20. Once created, your I-20 and acceptance letter will be mailed out to you.
New students must pay the SEVIS fee before applying for their F-1 visa. This fee is charged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to pay the fee until you have your I-20 in your possession. For more information about how to pay the fee, visit www.fmjfee.com.
Yes, if all the other requirements are complete you can receive conditional admission through the UESL Program.
After you receive your acceptance letter and I-20, you will be sent a admission packet of information from the Office of International Studies and Programs. The packet will include important information about registration and orientation. As an incoming freshman you will meet with your International Student Advisor to register for classes. Once you are on campus you can contact your major department to find out who your advisor will be.
It usually takes three to four weeks to process your application materials. Once an admissions decision is made, it can take up to four weeks to receive your acceptance letter and I-20 depending on the country. For this reason, it is extremely important to get your application materials submitted as soon as possible before the quarter starts to allow plenty of time for the I-20 to reach you.
There are numerous options for on-campus housing. You can find out more information and apply for campus housing by contacting The Office of University Housing and New Student Programs, or visiting their web site at http://www.cwu.edu/housing.
Ellensburg is a small college town with a population of about 28,000 (including CWU students). It is a friendly, fun, and safe place to live, and CWU students are welcomed as valued members of the community.
The rural area provides many outdoor activities for students including hiking, fishing, mountain biking, boating, and horseback riding. Many students enjoy rafting down the Yakima River during the warmer months. During the winter months, students enjoy snow skiing at one of the four ski resorts in the surrounding area.
For more information about the city of Ellensburg, visit http://www.myellensburg.com/
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