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.