International Student Services
Welcome to your home-away-from-home! With over 50 nations represented in our diverse student population, you’ll fit right in, joining many other students from around the world.
At Lipscomb, our intentional Christian community will invest in you, both in and out of the classroom. We are here to help you succeed. While you’re here, our primary designated school official will be your resource for any questions you have about living and studying in the United States.
Being admitted to a university is the first, and most integral, step in acquiring an I-20 certificate to study in the states. If you have reached this page, you may have already completed this step — congratulations on your admission! The Lipscomb University Office of Admissions now recognizes you as an incoming new student.
Please be sure that you are enrolled in a full-time (12+ credit hours) degree-seeking program, and that you are prepared to produce documentation (bank statements that show readily available liquid assets) showing financial support for your studies for at least one full academic year. In accordance with Student Exchange Visitor Program regulations, we must be able to assess this evidence before issuing an I-20.
You should expect an email from our immigration compliance officer, Laia Jones, with your I-20 application. After fully completing your application, your I-20 certificate will be created in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and shipped to you by mail. That certificate will explain everything you need to do afterwards, including how to pay your SEVIS fee and schedule a visa application appointment at your nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.
Information for Continuing and Transfer Students
Continuing students are at liberty to renew their visa stamp at any time as long as they have an active status in SEVIS. Continuing students may enter the United States at any time before their classes start. Please be sure to always pay close attention to your program end date to make sure that it is the correct prospective completion date for your studies under your current education level. You may need to consult with our PDSO to shorten or extend the date to remain compliant with the F-1 visa guidelines.
Transfer students must complete the I-20 application as well as the Transfer In Form completed along with the current DSO. You will be transferring to a new school but all F-1 guidelines still apply.