International Student Application
Tri-Valley University, the entire institution's academic programs are authorized by SEVIS to admit international students (issuing I-20 Form). Besides the document required for each program as normal domestic student, international applicant need to submit the following required document for admission application:
- For first time international applicant, financial support document – either the applicant’s bank statement or a certified affidavit of support (form I-134 or equivalent) from a financial sponsor indicating a minimum amount of $15,000 available for the applicant to pursue his/her study in the first academic year at TVU.
- Proof of English competency for students for whom English is not the first language. This is normally measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score required 500 (paper test), and scores submitted must be less than two years old.
Documentation Required for Applying for Student Visa
Admitted students who are not in the U.S. must apply to the local U.S. consulate for an F-1 visa. This requires a visa interview. The student must bring several items to the interview:
• The signed Form I-20
• Evidence that the SEVIS I-901 fee has been paid
• A signed passport, valid for at least six months after the date of entry into the United States
• A Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application with photo
• A Form DS-157A, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application .
• A Form DS-158A, Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant
• Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions
• Scores from standardized tests, such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and GMAT
• Financial evidence of sufficient funds $15000.00 to cover tuition and living expenses for at least the first year of study
Prospective nonimmigrant students from visa exempt countries will need to bring their documentation to the POE and apply for entry as an F-1.
Documentation Required for Entry into the United States
Nonimmigrant students may enter the United States at any time during the 30 days prior to the program start date listed on the Form I-20. Upon arrival at a U.S. POE, the nonimmigrant student must present:
• The I-20 Form, signed by the officer of the school they will be attending
• A valid visa with SEVIS Identification number (unless the student is visa exempt)
• Financial documentation
• A valid passport
Arriving At Campus
Students shall arrive at San Francisco International Airport, and take BART directly inside the terminal to Pleasanton/Dublin station. Tri-Valley University locates minutes of taxi from the Pleasanton/Dublin BART station. The cost of BART from SF International Airport to Dublin/Pleasanton is $7.65. Admitted international students are required to arrive on campus within 30 days of their admission and need to report to TVU office immediately upon their arrival.
Transfer International Students
A transfer international student is required to submit the following items together with the application package: (i) a photocopy of his/her previous I-20 form and request the previous international student advisor to complete the International Student Transfer Record form for TVU and conduct the required SEVIS transfer process, and (ii) Photocopies of the student’s passport, visa, and I-94 (admission & departure) document.
All international students on F visas are required to have medical insurance at all times for themselves and their dependents living with them. The health insurance is available to purchase at TVU approximately $250/trimester. Check the PSI website and input Tri-Valley University.
Applicants who do not possess a degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must take the TOEFL exam and receive a minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for BS, 550 for graduate study. All international student Waivers are not normally granted from this requirement. However, if a waiver is authorized, applicants then become subject to the same standardized testing requirements as their native English-speaking counterparts. Applicants should weigh this prospect carefully before requesting a waiver from the TOEFL. Waiver requests must be submitted in writing to the Office of Admission at least three months (90 days) prior to the application deadline date in order to allow sufficient time for testing if the request is denied. Failure to submit qualifying test scores by application deadlines may result in outright denial of admission or postponement of application decision to a subsequent semester.
Full-Time Student Status
Student who hold F-1 visa must enroll at least 9 credit hours ( 3 courses) of graduate courses or 12 credit hours for undergraduate studies (4 courses) every trimester to keep full-time student status. TVU considers a student to be pursuing a full-time program of study if the student registers as a full time student for Fall trimester and either Spring or Summer trimester, or any two trimesters of the academic year.
On-Line Courses Limits
Undergraduate students may count a maximum of three credit hours via online or distance-learning courses towards a full-time course load count each trimester. If students meet the minumum requirement for on-site class, he/she may enroll in additional online or courses as desired.
Transfer from TVU
International Student who is admitted to TVU must complete first year of study at Tri-Valley University before transferring to other institution.
On-campus dormitory is currently not available at Tri-Valley University. However, TVU provides many helps for student to find the affordable housing around Tri-Valley area.
F-1 students may work at any qualifying on-campus job that does not displace a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. They can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session. They may work full-time during breaks and vacations. Under general visa rules. F-1 students are prohibited from holding off-campus jobs except for severe economic hardship or in emergent circumstances.
With approval, F-1 students may work as an intern with an international organization. Stundent first submit the offer letter to TVU for aproval of the work authorization. The work authorization is for one year. F-1 students should apply for renewed work authorization at least ninety days – and not more than six months – before their current authorization expires. Students applying for renewed work authorization cannot continue to work after the expiration of their EAD card. With work authorization as an intern at an international organization, an F-1 student can work either full-time or part-time. However, they must be a full-time student and otherwise maintain F-1 student status.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular practical training is alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with TVU for research requirement. Undersgraduate need to enroll as full-time at TVU for at least one full academic year prior to apply. Graduate students are not required to wait a full academic year, they can start CPT as soon as they start their research. CPT authorizations have no restrictions on the number of hours that a student can work per week. However, once a student has completed 12 months of full-time CPT or 24 months of part-time CPT, the student becomes ineligible during the remainder of his or her program to participate in Optional Practical Training, or OPT. For example, if a MS student works full-time (40 hours or more) at CPT for 12 months, the student is not eligible for an OPT work authorization until they begin a doctorate's degree program. Students must also maintain a full course load. To Apply, fill the CPT Application Form and E-mail to email@example.com.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Forms for International Students
I 539 Application for Change Status and Reinstatement; I-539 Instruction; FAQ on Status Change; Reinstatement; and Instructions