uncw office of
international programs

We are located in:
118 Friday Annex

Our mailing address is:
Office of International Programs
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965

You may also contact us by:
Phone: 910-962-3685
Fax: 910-962-4053
Email: studyabroad@uncw.edu

International students jumping in air at beach

International I-MBA Student Information

The items below address common immigration related concerns of UNCW international I-MBA students.

Proof of Financial Support

Federal regulations require that students demonstrate proof of financial support to cover tuition and living expenses. For Spring 2014 the IMBA student estimated cost of attendance is:

  • 8 month program: $25311
  • 4 month program: $18055

Consult the fee schedule (PDF) for more information.

Proof of financial support can be any of the following:

  • A copy of your bank account summary showing access to the required funds
  • A letter of support from a sponsor and a copy of the sponsor's bank account summary showing access to the required funds
  • A letter from your bank (or your sponsor's bank) stating that the required funds are available
  • A letter of funding support from your home university or your government

All financial documents items must be dated and less than 6 months old. Copies/Scans/Faxes are acceptable, but original documents must be brought with you to your visa interview.

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Obtaining a U.S. Visa

Making your visa appointment

Paying the SEVIS Fee

Your first step in making your US exchange student visa appointment is to pay your SEVIS fee. Instructions for paying this fee can be found at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/.

Schedule Visa Appointment

Once you have paid the SEVIS fee, you are eligible to schedule your visa appointment. Contact the nearest U.S. consulate to make an appointment for your visa interview as early as possible.

It is recommended that you apply for a visa from the consulate or embassy in your HOME COUNTRY whenever possible.

Estimate Visa Wait Times

Estimate the wait time by selecting your Embassy location on the U.S. Visa Wait Times website.

The Visa Interview

Documents to Bring

You should bring the following documents with you to your visa interview:

  • DS-2019
  • letter of admission to UNCW
  • proof of financial support (you may use same documents you submitted with your UNCW application)
  • evidence that you have paid the U.S. SEVIS fee

Additional Documents You Can Provide

In addition to the required items above, you may also choose to bring additional documents showing that your stay in U.S. will be TEMPORARY, and that you plan to RETURN HOME at the end of your academic program.

Additional documentation may include:

  • Proof of a residence in the home country
  • Family business in home country
  • Spouse/children staying in home country
  • *Note from travel.state.gov - It is impossible to specify the exact form the evidence should take since applicants' circumstances vary greatly

Entering & Leaving the U.S.

To enter the United States, you will be required to show your J1 Exchange Student Visa along with your UNCW issued DS-2019. Therefore, it is important that you keep your passport and DS-2019 easily accessible and do not pack it in your luggage. When you enter the United States, make sure the port of entry officer stamps your DS-2019 and gives it back to you.

Entering up to 30 days BEFORE program start date

Your J1 exchange student status will allow you to enter the U.S. AS A TOURIST up to 30 days prior to the start date listed on your DS-2019. Tourists are not allowed to work or take classes.

Leave U.S. up to 30 day AFTER program end date

At the end of your J1 exchange program, you are allowed to stay in the U.S. AS A TOURIST up to 30 day past the end date of your DS-2019. Tourists are not allowed to work or take classes.

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Health Insurance Requirement

Health Insurance Minimum Requirements

All international students are required to have adequate health insurance that meets the following U.S. Department of State minimum requirements:

  • Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per person per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500
  • Medical Evacuation coverage in the amount of $10,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness

UNCW Health Insurance Plan

One option for satisfying the health insurance requirement is to enroll in the international student health insurance provided by UNCW (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the plan listed below). The UNCW international health insurance is provided by HTH worldwide. Details are provided below:

  • Monthly premium: $83.60/month ($668.80 for Feb. - Sept.)
  • Deductible/co-pay per illness: $100
  • Plan Summary: 2013-2014 Plan Summary
  • Billed to Your UNCW Account: If you choose to purchase the UNCW health insurance, the insurance premium of $668.80 (February - September) will be billed to your UNCW student account.

Non-UNCW Health Insurance

You may also satisfy the health insurance requirement by showing proof that your personal non-UNCW health insurance meets the minimum requirements. If you will be using your non-UNCW health insurance, follow the instructions below for Waiving (Declining) the UNCW Health Insurance.

Other non-UNCW health insurance plans:

The list below previews several insurance plans specifically designed for international students studying in the U.S. (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the plans listed below). To find more information (or to purchase the health insurance) click the link for the insurance company's website. This information is provided for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement of any of the plans below. The information provided is current as of 10/1/2012.

ISP INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROTECTION
  • Monthly premium (starting at): $74 (less for students under 25)
  • Deductible/co-pay per illness: $40
CULTURAL INSURANCE SERVICES INTERNATIONAL
  • Monthly premium (starting at): $72-$97
  • Deductible/co-pay per illness: $0
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INSURANCE
  • Monthly premium (starting at): $55 ('Select Plan')
  • Deductible/co-pay per illness: $100

Purchase or Waive (Decline) UNCW insurance

Complete the I-MBA international student health insurance form to indicate if you wish to purchase or waive (decline) the UNCW health insurance.

Students who fail to complete the form by February 1, 2013 will be automatically enrolled and billed for the UNCW health insurance.

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Internship (Academic Training or AT)

Students in J1 status are eligible to work off-campus in an internship related to their field of study. See the handout J-1 Work Authorization for an explanation of the internship approval process.

Topics covered in the J-1 Work Authorization handout include:

  • Eligibility
  • Length of internship
  • Financial Obligations
  • Application Procedures
    • Academic adviser letter (template)
    • Employer letter (template)

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Extending your program

Extending to complete your academic requirements

If you wish to extend your program in order to complete your academic requirements, please submit the following items:

  1. IMBA extension request form completed by your academic adviser
  2. Proof of financial support showing access to $1300/month (estimated living expenses) for each month of extension
  3. Continued health insurance for each month of extension (paid in full at the beginning of your extension)

Once the International Programs Office receives the items above, we will authorize the extension of your program dates and extend your DS-2019.

Extending to take a professional exam

If you wish to extend your program in order to complete a professional exam (such as the CFA exam), please submit the following items:

  1. Letter of support from your academic adviser for you to take CFA exam, significance of exam and date of exam.
  2. Evidence you are registered for courses during the semester of the exam.
  3. Evidence of registration for the exam
  4. Proof of financial support showing access to $1300/month (estimated living expenses) for each month of extension
  5. Continued health insurance for each month of extension (paid in full at the beginning of your extension).

Once the International Programs Office receives the items above, we will authorize the extension of your program dates and extend your DS-2019.

Extending to participate in an internship

If you wish to extend your program in order to participate in an internship (Academic Training), please refer to the section on Internships (Academic Training).

If you have specific questions regarding the process for obtaining Academic Training, please call the International Programs Office 910-962-3685 to make an appointment to speak with your International Student Adviser.

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Contact your international student adviser

Walk-In hours

  • Tuesdays, 2:30pm – 4pm
  • Thursdays, 9am – 10:30 am

You may stop by the International Programs Office, Friday Annex 118, and ask to meet with Amy Mabery any time during her walk-in hours. You might have to wait a few minutes if another student is already meeting with your adviser.

Make an appointment

If you need to speak with your international student adviser in person but you cannot attend her walk-in hours, you may call the International Programs Office (910-962-3685) and ask to make an appointment with your adviser. Whoever answers the phone will be able to schedule an appointment time that suits both your and your adviser's schedule.

Drop-off/Pick-up items

If you need your adviser to process your documents (sign a document, send a letter by fax, etc), you can drop off your documents at the International Programs front desk, Friday Annex 118. You may collect your completed documents by the next business day.

Email your adviser

You may email your international student adviser, Amy Mabery, with your immigration related questions.

Please note: Immigration questions can be quick to ask, but often take time to answer. If you questions are particularly complex, you may be asked to meet with you adviser in person to discuss your concern.

Call your adviser

If you wish to speak with your adviser by phone, you may call the International Programs Office (910-962-3685).

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