For generations, students from around the world have found their homes away from home at St. Gregory’s. We are committed to providing assistance for the special needs of international students through our International Student Office (ISO). The ISO will guide you through international admission and immigration, as well as advise you academically and personally. The staff will also help enrolled international students comply with F-1 regulations.
The ISO program is dedicated to promoting diversity and globalization through investment in its services and in our programs.
Director of the International Student Office is Spencer Hui-Min Ryan. A native of Taiwan and a former international student himself, he understands the questions, needs and concerns of students who are coming to the United States for higher education.
Please feel free to contact Spencer with any questions you have:
Spencer Hui-Min Ryan
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Telephone: (405) 878-5177
Toll free: (888) 784-7347
Fax: (405) 878-5198
To study in the United States, a student must be granted F-1 student status and pursue a “full course of study” to achieve a specific educational or professional objective. This must be done at an academic institution in the United States that has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security to offer courses of study to such students.
Once the educational or professional objective has been attained, the F-1 student is expected by the United States government to return to their residence abroad.
A student acquires F-1 status using Form I-20, issued by the academic institution through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
More detailed information about applying for an F-1 Visa can be found at the bottom of this page.
A spouse or dependents of international students must establish status through the F-2 process.
For more information, contact the International Student Office at (405) 878-5177
International Student Application Process
Step 1 – Complete the Application
Step 2 – Verify English Competency
English speaking countries:
Submit an English Competency Verification Form OR submit your birth certificate.
Non-English speaking countries and Quebec:
Complete a TOEFL® exam. TOEFL® results must be sent to St. Gregory’s University.
♦ Paper exam score must be 500 or greater
♦ Computer-based exam score must be 173 or greater
♦ Internet exam score must be 61 or greater
We reserve the right to request proof of English proficiency of any applicant.
Step 3 – Verify Proof of Financial Resources
Provide evidence of financial resources to complete a minimum of at least one year of education. Official bank statement indicating sufficient funds is required.
Submit documentation of ability to pay form.
Step 4 – International Transcript Evaluation
Official copies of International transcripts must be forwarded directly to St. Gregory’s University.
We reserve the right to request a college-level transcript review by an evaluation service for any courses completed outside of the United States.
Eligibility for F-1 Status
To apply for an F-1 Visa, a student must present to the US Embassy or Consulate:
1. Form I-20 properly issued in the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) by a school designated by the Department of Homeland Security
2. A passport valid for at least 6 months
3. Intention to study in the United States “temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing a full course of study”
4. Proof of a residence outside the U.S. to which the student intends to return after completing the program of study
5. Financial ability to cover the cost of education and living expenses in the U.S.
6. Proof of having paid the SEVIS fee
Eligibility for I-20 Issuance
A student needs to receive the Form I-20, produced in the SEVIS and signed by the principal designated school official (PDSO) of the institution they wish to attend.
The PDSO may issue Form I-20 only after the conditions listed below have been met:
1. The prospective student has made written application to the school.
2. The application, transcripts of past schools, proof of financial responsibility, and other supporting documents have been received, reviewed, and evaluated at the school’s location in the United States.
3. The prospective student must provide evidence of English language proficiency to qualify for the course of study.
4. The appropriate school authority has determined that the prospective student’s qualifications meet all standards for admission.
5. The official responsible for admission at the school has accepted the prospective student for enrollment in a full course of study.
6. The prospective student informs school authority and the PDSO if dependents will enter the U.S. with the student. Each dependent receives the Form F-2 from the PDSO.
7. The student signs the Student Certification on the Form I-20 to indicate that they have read and understands the terms and conditions of F-1 status.
8. The student pursues a full course of study at the school that issued their I-20 beginning with the “start date” on the I-20 form.
9. The student follows proper procedure regarding enrollment, attendance, and name and address change information.
10. The student engages in employment only when specifically authorized.
Maintaining F-1 Status
It is extremely important for a non-immigrant to maintain their status while in the United States. Failure to do so is grounds for removal from the United States (deportation).
To maintain F-1 Status:
1. Report to the PDSO for initial registration in SEVIS upon arriving at school.
2. Pursue a “full course of study,” making normal progress at the school listed on the currently valid Form I-20.
3. Make normal progress towards completing the course of study, by completing studies before the expiration of the program completion date on the Form I-20.
4. Keep the I-20 valid during the course of study. You will need to apply for an I-20 extension if you need additional time to complete your degree. This extension must be completed before your I-20 expires.
5. You must obtain the PDSO signature or DSP signature on page 3 within the appropriate timeframe prior to traveling out of the country.
6. Report a name or address change to the PDSO within 10 days of the change.
7. Abide by regulations and limitations with regard to any employment on campus.
8. Inform and seek help from the PDSO regarding all related issues of enrollment, attendance, illness, personal or economic hardship, and employment.
9. Abide by rules requiring disclosure of information and prohibition on criminal activity.
10. A student must keep their passport valid.
U.S. Government Contacts
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Customer Service: 800-375-5283 or visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Local Office: USCIS Field Office, 4400 Southwest 44th Street, Suite A, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73119.
Bureau of Consular Affairs (U.S. Department of State)
For information on passports, visas and international travel, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
PAYMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All students attending St. Gregory’s University are expected to make arrangements to meet their financial responsibilities by stated deadlines and prior to attending classes.
WHEN IS MY BILL DUE?
Payment for each semester is due in full by the first date of class as published in the St. Gregory’s University official academic calendar. Go to http://www.stgregorys.edu/academic-and-campus-schedules and select the link to the current Academic Calendar.
If payment is being made with the assistance of Financial Aid, all documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible and aid should be secured by the tuition due date to avoid Business Office holds and late fees.
WHAT ARE MY TUITION PAYMENT OPTIONS?
Option I: Payment of semester balance in full
- Payment in full can be made using the options below:
- Pay by credit card online through your Campus for Student Portal account by using an International Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
- Pay by personal check drawn on US bank or cashier’s check. Money Orders purchased in the US are also acceptable. For returning and new students any international cashier’s check must be drawn in US currency.
Print a copy of the invoice, write your student ID in the memo line and mail along with your check to:
St. Gregory’s University
Attn: Business Office Cashier
1900 W. MacArthur St.
Shawnee, OK, 74804, US
- peerTransfer: St. Gregory’s University has partnered with peerTransfer in order to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. By making your payment with peerTransfer you can:
- Track your payments from start to finish
- Save on bank fees and exchange rates
- Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night
Before you pay, you will need to use your Campus Portal for Students account (Student Portal Account) to check the amount owed for your semester payment. Go to https://my.stgregorys.edu and click on student Portal Homepage to login to your portal account and then click on My Finances to check the amount owed for your semester of payment. You may also contact the office of the Director of International Students for a copy of the Tuition and Fee schedule. Then, go to: https://www.peertransfer.com/school/stgregorys to begin the payment process. Follow the directions to select the method of payment (bank transfer, credit or debit card), and select the currency you will be using to pay your bill.