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Non-US Citizens

Non-US Citizen Participants (including US Permanent Residents)

If you are an international student or non-US citizen (i.e. do not hold or are unable to obtain a US passport), you are welcome to apply to a TnCIS program. There are a few additional considerations listed below that you will need to be aware of as you make plans to study abroad. After students receive acceptance to their TnCIS program in mid-February, they are required to have an in-person or phone conversation with a member of the TnCIS staff. This appointment will help students plan ahead and manage any appropriate visa application process that may be required. Please read through all of the considerations below and contact TnCIS if you have any questions.
  • Applicants must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity beyond the return date of their desired program. If it will not be valid through the 6 months, students should begin the process of obtaining a new passport immediately to avoid delays in applying for any possible required visa.
  • When considering study abroad, non-US citizen students should visit the embassy(ies) website of their program country(ies) to verify if a visa is required. Important: Depending on your program country, there may be multiple visa types to consider. Contact TnCIS at any time for advice.
  • Students with a visa allowing them to study in the US should make an appointment to talk with the international student coordinator at their home campus to understand requirements or concerns associated with leaving and returning to the US. TnCIS cannot advise students on US visa or reentry requirements.
  • Non-US citizen student applicants with US Permanent Residency or any other status may want to consult with an immigration lawyer/expert on any questions they have regarding their ability to leave the US for a study abroad program before paying fees and committing to study abroad. TnCIS cannot advise students on issues related to legal exit and re-entry requirements.
After verifying the above information, you can apply for a TnCIS study abroad program through the online application and submit all required documents and the application fee.  After being accepted into a program, you will be contacted by TnCIS to set up your meeting (in person or by phone) with a TnCIS staff member.

Please be aware that TnCIS cannot provide any letter or other documentation required for any visa application until you are accepted, have submitted all forms and documents, and have paid the full program fee in March. Most countries require an appointment for visa applicants that must be made well in advance of your travel dates. Plan to apply for any required visas as early as possible. You are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa.