Coming to study English in the USA can be a complex process. In order to prepare for their journey, students are encouraged to read the following information, visit the FAQ page, and contact OISE with any further questions. OISE staff do everything they can to ensure that the process goes smoothly so that students can focus on their studies.
Students booking a course of over 18 hours per week require an F1 student visa to study in the United States. (Please contact OISE if it is unclear whether a particular course is over 18 hours.)
The student books an OISE course. Upon acceptance of the booking, students who require an F1 visa will be sent the I-20 form needed for the application.
The student completes and submits the F1 application and necessary documentation to the nearest US embassy or the consulate in his or her home country as early as possible. For students under the age of 18, a signature and address of a parent or guardian will also be required.
The necessary documentation includes:
At the interview, an official asks questions about the student’s plans, language program, reasons and motivations for studying English in the US, and return home. For the highest chance of acceptance, the student should answer all questions and explain all plans thoroughly, using documents as evidence.
If the interview is successful, the student is given an F1 visa. If the interview is not successful and the application is rejected, it may be due to lack of sufficient evidence that the student will return home after the study period. Before reapplying, students in this position are advised to ask the embassy or consulate officials what they can do to improve their chances of success and what additional documentation they can submit.
Boston is in the Eastern Time Zone (EST; GMT -5), one of the five time zones of the continental United States. This is the same time zone as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Miami.
The clocks are moved ahead one hour on the second Sunday in March (in the spring) at 2 a.m. (in the local time zone). This change is called Daylight Saving Time (DST). DST ends when the clocks are moved back one hour on the first Sunday in November (in the fall) at 2 a.m. (local time).
Up-to-date information on national holidays is available here (link to https://www.usa.gov/life-in-the-us). Some businesses and institutions may be closed on these days. A list of the holidays when OISE closes is available here (link to Campus page).
Students are advised to carry some US currency with them in case of emergencies. Currency exchange services are available at Boston Logan Airport. US paper currency is issued in values of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100, and coins are issued in values of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, and $1.