Bringing money into the U.S.
This matter can be difficult, especially if your country has strict regulations about taking funds abroad. Check with your bank’s foreign exchange department when you are getting your financial support documentation in order, and make the necessary arrangements to bring sufficient funds with you and transfer other needed funds.
Arrange a convenient way to bring funds into the U.S. or to have them transferred efficiently to your American bank account once you open one (as soon as possible after your arrival). You should bring sufficient funds with you in U.S. currency and traveler’s checks to get through the first few weeks while your account is being opened and your bank is clearing bank drafts. It is suggested that you carry a recognized credit card (Visa or MasterCard, for example), and (A) at least two hundred dollars if single, or (B) five hundred dollars if married: one hundred in cash and the rest in traveler’s checks. Bring the rest of your money in traveler’s checks or a bank check. Be sure that bank drafts are payable to you personally and are made out in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank. When traveling it is helpful to have some one-dollar ($1) bills for small needs, and quarters (25-cent pieces) for telephone calls. Do not carry large amounts of cash.
If you arrive at Southeastern less than a month before registration and have not paid fees ahead from your own country, you will need to have access to sufficient funds (such as traveler’s checks) to pay in full your first semester tuition at registration and pay for your accommodations, etc. Remember, you cannot count on being able to establish a bank account immediately and have quick access to funds.
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Health Insurance: International students on visas, as well as accompanying spouses and children, are required to carry health insurance. At registration, international students will be required to present documentation showing that they have enrolled in a health insurance program. This will be required BEFORE they can begin classes at Southeastern. In addition to this coverage offered by the school, all international students in F-1 visa status are also required to have insurance coverage for repatriation and medical evacuation.
Books and Supplies: Budget at least $100 per semester hour of coursework for textbooks.
Southeastern’s General Scholarship: The deadline to apply for a General Scholarship is April 15 for the following academic year. The amount of each award is discretionary and does not exceed the cost of tuition fees. It is given for tuition only; if part of the scholarship is not needed for tuition, it will not be given to the student for other expenses but returned to the scholarship fund. You must REAPPLY EACH YEAR for financial aid if you wish to receive it and it is not available for first year international students.
Full-time Status Required: International students who have entered the U.S. on an “F” visa must maintain full-time status. Undergraduate students must maintain 12 credit hours in each of the Fall and Spring semesters. International M.A., and M.Div. students must register each fall term and each spring term for courses totaling at least 9 credit hours. Th.M. D.Min., Ed.D. and Ph.D. students must maintain continuous enrollment.
Auditing Courses: International students may also wish to audit courses free of charge, in addition to those they are taking for official credit. To “audit” a course means regularly attending the class lectures without having any obligation to do reading, to write papers or to take examinations. Audited courses do not count toward either full-time status or degree requirements. A spouse of any full-time student may also audit courses free of charge.