International Students

You’re Welcome Here!

International Students are always welcome at Avila University! We are a fully-accredited university located in Kansas City, Missouri, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and graduate degrees. Choose from International Business, Computer Science, Management, Communication, Business Administration, Psychology, Education, Social Work, and many more.


International Student Services
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816.501.2495


In order to receive an F-1 student visa to study at Avila University, you will need the following:

  • Your passport
  • Your I-20 from Avila UniversityView the requirements to get your I-20
  • Form DS-160 application. Check a U.S. embassy/consulate for information.
  • A bank statement showing you have sufficient funds to attend Avila University
  • SEVIS paid receipt. Pay your SEVIS fee at

U.S. embassies or consulates in certain countries may have additional document requirements.  After you have the required documents, present them to a U.S. embassy or consulate to receive your F-1 student visa.

To receive a student visa, you will also need to show:

  1. Your plan is to study at Avila University.
  2. You are connected to your home country and will return there after completing your degree.

After you receive your F-1 student visa:

  • Notify Avila University so we can prepare for your arrival.
  • Complete Avila’s Housing form and housing preference questionnaire to reserve a place in a dormitory or residence hall.
  • Remember that you can only enter the U.S. 30 days or fewer before the start date on your I-20.

Living on campus is the easiest way to quickly become a part of the Avila community and to make friends.  Avila offers four air-conditioned dormitories. Click here to visit the Residence Life web site.

The dormitories are located on campus and are open all year, including holidays.  Living on campus gives you easy access to your classrooms, the library, and computer labs. You will also be able to participate in the many campus activities such as plays, concerts, movies, sports events, and special performances which are all available to you FREE!

The many benefits of living in the dormitories include:

  • Three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week
  • Cable TV service in each room
  • Free internet in each room (if you have a computer)
  • FREE Laundry facilities on each floor
  • Lounges with televisions and furniture on each floor
  • Equipped kitchens on each floor
  • Resident Assistant staff live on each floor to help you
  • Dormitories are within easy walking distance to the classroom and other campus buildings
  • A safe and secure entry system

Avila University has four residence halls (dormitories):  Ridgway Hall, Carondelet Hall, Thompson Hall, and Avila Hall. Learn more about each residence hall.

You can apply for housing here. You can fill out a housing preference questionnaire here.

All full-time students on an F-1 Visa at Avila University are REQUIRED to take Avila’s health insurance. Students will be charged for health insurance on their Avila bill.

Cost on Avila bill (6 month rate):
August 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019          $780
February 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019             $780

Students in OPT can enroll for insurance at the same rate.

This insurance is REQUIRED for all full-time international students (F-1 Visa), even for students doing OPT. No other insurance including insurance from home country will be accepted.

Students: If you are sick or injured, you may see this list for doctors’ offices close to Avila.

Making an Appointment

*Before you go, print off your insurance card here: print health insurance card. Also, the co-pay (what you need to pay) is about $20, so please bring that with you.

1. Go to the nurse’s office in the Hodes Center (you will need to fill out the paperwork on the clipboard) OR

2. Call the nurse’s number: 816-501-3668 (someone will help you make an appointment over the phone) OR

3. Schedule it online (only if you have already seen the nurse once and she has your information):

*She is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM (She is usually at lunch from 1:00-2:00 PM).

View the Student Plan Summary and Frequently Asked Questions – Health costs in the United States are very expensive.  Health insurance helps pay for many of these expenses.  Avila requires insurance coverage for your protection.

Please can visit the plan’s site, where you can also print your health insurance card.

Full-Time Requirement

You are required to be enrolled as a full-time student each semester due to the rules of your F-1 student visa. Avila’s polices regarding full-time enrollment are:

  • Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • Graduate students must also be full-time each semester or session.
  • You are only allowed to take classes off-campus with appropriate Registrar, academic advisor, and DSO approval.
  • Exceptions to the full-time student requirement may be granted under very limited circumstances.  However, they must be approved by a PDSO/DSO in the Registrar’s office.

Very Important Information

You are required to notify Avila’s International Student Services office of any changes in your program or status. You are also required to understand the rules and responsibilities of your F-1 student status. As part of your responsibility, you must continue to provide information to Avila’s International Student Services in the Registrar’s office while you are a student and while you are on OPT. Failure to follow these policies could cause problems with re-entering the U.S. and your student status.

For all F-1 Students at Avila:

  • Always keeps your I-20 updated.
  • Request an extension of your I-20 at least 30 days before it expires.
  • Get a signature on your I-20 from Avila’s ISS in the Registrar’s office before you travel outside the U.S.
  • Keep your passport valid at all times while in the U.S.
  • Obtain your I-94 number at
  • Be a full-time student at all times unless you have met very limited conditions as will be explained by a DSO in Avila’s Registrar’s office.
  • Report any address change to the Registrar’s office within 10 days.
  • Do not work more than 20 hours per week at Avila while classes are in session.
  • Meet with a DSO before beginning OPT (Optional Practical Training).

Maintaining your F-1 Student Visa Status:

  • Be a full-time student each semester or session.
  • Do not work off-campus without DSO and USCIS approval.
  • Part-time enrollment is granted only under limited situations and must be approved by a DSO.
  • Get good grades and go to class. Students who are dismissed will have their I-20s terminated and will need to return home immediately.
  • Notify the ISS office if you plan on going home and will not be taking courses during the next semester.
  • Make sure your I-20 is updated, signed when you travel, and does not expire.
  • Notify the ISS office if you plan on dropping all of your courses for any reason.

What is the benefit of studying in the U.S.? If you study in the U.S., you will be able to experience new cultures and meet people from many different countries.  In addition, you will be able to improve your English, the language most often used in medicine, business, and international communications.

What is the benefit of studying in Kansas City? With more than 2 million people, Kansas City is large enough to have many interesting places to visit such as museums, amusement parks, lakes, shopping malls, movie theaters, concerts, professional sports teams, and more.  Standard American English (SAE) is spoken in Kansas City, so you learn the English used most often by people in the U.S. and on TV.

What is the benefit of studying at Avila University? You will receive lots of personal attention and help from your instructors at Avila. The personal attention and small class sizes will be very helpful as you learn a new language and culture.  Furthermore, Avila has many popular undergraduate and graduate programs.

What kind of fun activities can I do at Avila? Students at Avila do all kinds of fun activities.  Students can go to plays, shows, sporting events, dances, clubs, and more. You will be able to watch or participate in soccer, baseball, softball, American football, volleyball, and basketball. Avila offers many clubs that students can be a part of.

Will I adjust to life in the United States and Avila? You can adjust to life in the United States. You should try to be active once you arrive and go to all your classes and participate in as many campus activities as you can. It will help you meet new people and better understand U.S. culture.

Where can I live when I study at Avila? Most international students live in the dormitories while they study at Avila. Living in the dormitories is a good way to meet new friends, participate in campus activities, and adjust to campus life in the U.S.  Students who are under 21 typically need to live in the dormitory. Students who are 21 or older may occasionally live off-campus in one of the apartment complexes close to Avila.

I want to stay at Avila during the breaks. Will the dormitories be open? Avila’s dormitories are open all year including all holidays. In addition, an Avila staff member is always on duty in the dormitories.

Are there computers I can use at Avila? Students can use computers in different buildings or their own computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. in the dormitories since each dormitory room is connected to the Internet and has WiFi.

Is it necessary for me to have health insurance? You will need health insurance if you are a student at Avila. Health costs in the U.S. are very expensive. You must buy health insurance through Avila. Health insurance in the U.S. is about $100 per month for students.

I have taken several classes at a school in my country. Will these classes transfer to Avila? Normally, classes that you have taken at an accredited university/college will transfer to Avila.  Many of these classes, however, may transfer as electives unless the classes that you have already taken are similar in content and contact hours to Avila’s classes.

How do I apply to Avila to become a student? In order to apply to Avila, click here: Apply Online. Click the “+ International” purple drop-down bar, then click on the gray button for the semester you want to start. After you complete this application, you will also need to email a copy of your school transcripts, a bank statement showing you have sufficient funds to attend Avila, and a copy of your passport.  If you do not want to study ESL first, you will also need to send a copy of your TOEFL score. You may send these documents to

Is it too late for me to apply? Please e-mail with questions about deadlines. We try to handle applications very quickly so there may be time for you to come to Avila even if you apply late.

How do I get to Avila once I arrive at the airport?  You should purchase a plane ticket from your country to Kansas City International Airport. Please provide us with your airline, flight number, and the day and time of your arrival.

Why Avila?

Here are some of the wonderful things about studying at Avila University.

Benefits of Education at Avila University

  • Fully accredited; started in 1916
  • Located in a nice, safe area of Kansas City
  • Over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Popular majors such as Business Administration, Computer Science, Marketing, Communication, Graphic Design, Management, M.B.A. and more
  • Small classes mean personal attention
  • Caring teachers and staff

Benefits of Living at Avila University

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the campus
  • Newly remodeled cafeteria with many food choices
  • Expanded sports center with exercise machines and indoor running track
  • Tutors available during weekday mornings, afternoons, and some evenings
  • Movies, sports teams, clubs, plays, cultural events, picnics, etc. on campus
  • Computer labs, art gallery, TV studio, and theatre on campus
  • Secure dormitories that require a key and security code to enter

Benefits of Living in Kansas City

  • Greater metropolitan population of 2 million people
  • Largest and closest city to the geographic center of the United States
  • Standard American English is spoken (The English of U.S. TV and radio)
  • Access to Kansas City International Airport
  • Kansas City is the City of Fountains
  • Enjoy amusement parks, large shopping malls, lakes, museums, music concerts, parks, cultural events, professional sports, movies, and more!
So You Want to Study in the United States? Here’s What You Should Know

Every year, hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world descend on the United States to study at its many colleges and universities. And it’s easy to see why: the U.S. has some of the best educational institutions in the world, offering a wide range of programs at all levels. But what is studying in the United States really like? Here’s what you need to know before making the jump.

  1. Academic Culture Shock
    No matter where you’re coming from, studying in the United States is likely to be a bit of a culture shock. American colleges and universities place a lot of emphasis on independent learning, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing a lot more self-study than you’re used to. Class sizes are also generally larger than what you might be used to, making it harder to get one-on-one time with professors. On the plus side, most American professors are more than happy to meet with you during their office hours if you need extra help.
  2. The Cost of Education
    There’s no denying that getting an education in the United States is expensive. Tuition fees at public colleges and universities can be higher than $30,000 per year, not counting living expenses! However, several financial aid options are available to international students, so don’t despair – it may be cheaper than you think. In addition, many colleges and universities offer scholarships specifically for international students, so be sure to do your research.
  3. Social Life on Campus
    One of the best things about studying in the United States is the social life on campus. American campuses are incredibly diverse, with students from all over the world. This diversity means that there’s always something going on, whether it’s a cultural event, a party, or just hanging out with friends. And if you’re looking for a change of pace, most campuses are located in cities with plenty of things to do off campus as well.

Studying in the United States is a unique experience that offers both challenges and rewards. From academic culture shock to campus life, there’s a lot to adjust to – but it’s definitely worth it! So if you’re thinking about making the jump, go for it – you won’t regret it.

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