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Admission Requirements for F-1 Students

All prospective students interested in applying to Palo Alto University must apply via the admissions Applying to PAU portal.  International Students must provide TOEFL scores if previous school(s) attended were not in the U.S. as well as evaluated and translated transcripts.  PAU's preferred evaluation/translation service is:

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

Once you have gained academic admission to PAU, you must complete the following steps to be issued an I-20 form which finalizes your admission to PAU:

1.  Download the handout Finances and Student Information and review it carefully.

2.  Submit financial documentation, copy of passport page and student information sheet to the Student Services Associate Director. 

Once you complete steps 1 and 2 we will mail you your I-20 form.

3a.  If you are currently in the U.S. in F-1 status, download the handout Immigration Transfer In to facilitate your immigration transfer to PAU.  Once this transfer is complete, your I-20 will be issued.


3b.  If you are currently outside the U.S. and need to apply for an F-1 Visa, you must pay the SEVIS/I-901 fee, and schedule an interview.  These resources will help you prepare for your F-1 visa interview: 

  1. Study in the States https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/applying-for-a-visa-to-travel-to-the-united-states
  2. Education USA website educationusa.state.gov/your-5-steps-us-study/...
  3. Ten Points to Remember When Applying for your Nonimmigrant Visa www.nafsa.org/10points

Canadian Citizens need only an I-20 and I-901 SEVIS fee receipt to enter the U.S. in F-1 status (no visa required).


Helpful Links

U.S. Department of State – Applying for an F-1 Visa
Information about the SEVIS Fee


1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888





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