International Student Timeline

Step 1: Begin the application

You can start the process right now by submitting your application online.

Undergraduate Students: Click here to get started.
For a list of admissions requirements, click here.

Graduate Students: Click here to get started.
For a list of admissions requirements, click here.

Step 2: Prepare documents for your student visa

Complete the Certification of Finances (COF) form.

Click here for the Undergraduate Students COF form.
Click here for the Graduate Students COF form.

  Be sure to include the following:

  • Assured financial resources for the first year of study with official bank statements
  • Projected financial support for the remaining academic years
Step 3: Congratulations, you've been accepted!

Once you have been accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter with information regarding tuition and housing deposits.  If you have been awarded a merit scholarship you will be notified with your letter of acceptance.  Your deposit confirms your acceptance of your offer of admission and reserves your place in the incoming class.

  • The tuition deposit is $200 (US)
  • The housing deposit is $200 (US) Students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus
  • Your full deposit of $400 (US) can be paid online (using the username and password sent in your acceptance packet).

    Undergraduate Students: Click here to make your deposit. 
    Graduate Students: Click here to make your deposit. 
Step 4: Finalizing your admission

Once Canisius College receives your financial information and tuition deposit, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will create and send your I-20 Form, which is paperwork you need to apply for your student visa. Along with the I-20 Form, you will also receive:

  • Instructions on how to pay your visa fee (this is called the Sevis I-901 Fee)
  • A fact sheet on visa procedures
  • A Canisius Housing Preference form
  • A Canisius Course Preference form
  • A second copy of your acceptance letter to take with you to your visa interview
  • A copy of your Sources of Financial Support form to also take with you to your visa interview
Step 5: Obtaining your student visa

Upon receiving the Immigration packet (I-20 Form, etc), you should make an appointment to visit the U.S. Consulate in your country.  Before visiting the Consulate, you must pay the I-901 fee. For more information on this refer to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program SEVIS I-901 Processing Website

Documents you should plan to bring with you to your visa interview include:

  • Receipt for paid I-901 fee
  • Official bank statements showing sufficient funds to cover educational expenses
  • A copy of your acceptance letter from Canisius
  • Your valid passport, with expiration date at least 6 months after the end of the first year of study
  • Your Canisius issued I-20 form
  • View tips to remember for your visa interview
Step 6: Arriving in the United States

It is important to have the following information in hand when entering the US:

  • Your valid passport
  • Your I-20 form
  • Completed I-94 Immigration card records
  • Customs Declaration (which is also issued during flight)
  • Your official bank statements showing sufficient funds to cover educational expenses
  • Evidence of your admission to Canisius
  • Name and contact information of your “Designated School Official” (DSO) - Brian Smith, Director of Study Abroad & International Student Programs, Canisius College, +1 716.888.2191
Step 7: Arriving on campus

Students can arrange to be picked up from the Buffalo International Airport through the International Student Services Office (716-888-2400).  During your first few days on campus, you will participate in an international students’ orientation program.  Plan to meet other talented students who will without a doubt become friends for life!