INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT
ICOHS takes pride in welcoming students from all over the world. We believe that our programs transcend boundaries and that healing is a universal language. Our International Student community continues to grow bringing a wealth of experiences into the classroom and making the learning process universal.
International College of Holistic Studies is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to issue I-20s for students to apply for the M-1 Visa.
For more information on the M-1 type of visa, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html
Our campus is located in SAN DIEGO, one of California’s most beautiful cities. San Diego is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 120 miles (190 km) south of Los Angeles and just north of Mexico.San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States, the second largest in California and is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. San Diego is the birthplace of California and is known for its warm weather all year long, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. With sunny skies and friendly people, it is no wonder why many consider San Diego to be the best destination for international students.
We are excited you have taken the path of joining our community and we are dedicated to help you make this transition as many of you will be travelling from far away. Here are the services we offer:
• New student orientation
• Academic advising and mentorship for your success
• Airport pick-up
• Immigration resources
• Health insurance for international students
To be considered for admission into one of our academic programs, please complete the online application.
You may upload the following documents through our online application portal:
1. Copy of passport
2. Official transcripts from high school or equivalent with date of graduation posted
3. Official college or university transcripts (if seeking transfer credit)
4. Proof of English proficiency. Students may submit one of the following:
5. Personal statement
6. Evidence of financial support
7. Application fee $100 (payable online by credit card or PayPal)
ICoHS accepts applications all year round. You are encouraged to apply at least 30 days before the first date of the quarter. For start dates, please review the Academic Calendar at: http://icohs.edu/academic-calendar/
The application Process
After you submit your online application, ICoHS will review all documents and if admission is granted, an SEVIS I-20 will be issued for you to request and M-1 Visa at the U.S. Embassy.
(Change status from B1-B2, F-1 or other visa status to M-1)
Students who are currently in the U.S. under other type of visa status such as B1-B2 or F-1 may apply to ICoHS at the same time they send petition for change of nonimmigrant status to USCIS. The following is information from https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/
You may have to change your non-immigrant status if you are already in the United States on a valid non-immigrant visa for a purpose other than attending school, such as for tourism, and are interested in studying at a U.S. school.
You have two options:
New student orientation
When planning your arrival, please give yourself at least one week before class starts to rest up and get oriented in your new surroundings. New student orientation is mandatory for all new students. The orientation date and time will be available in your acceptance packet. The orientation session will cover the following:
Academic advising and mentorship for your success
Students Come First! ICoHS provides academic support and mentorship to international students to given them the tools they need to have a successful academic experience. Services include:
We want you to feel at home during your stay in San Diego and we have many options for you to choose from. Living in a foreign country can take some adjustments. We’re here to help you find the spot where you’ll be most comfortable during your stay. We offer single and shared rooms in the heart of downtown San Diego
ICoHS can arrange airport pick-up service from San Diego International Airport (SAN) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Please provide us with your flight information at least 10 days prior to your arrival date. Include your arrival time, flight number(s), airline, and domestic point of origin. You will receive a confirmation email at least 5 days prior to your scheduled arrival date.
Once your plane lands, it may take 1 – 2 hours before you are processed through the Port of Entry (going through procedures required for entrance to the United States). After you are cleared through the Port of Entry, look for the ICoHS representative who will be holding a sign with the ICoHS logo and your name. For international flights, your driver will be instructed to arrive one hour after the scheduled flight arrival time to offset the entrance processing time. In all cases when you cannot find your driver, call the number provided in the acceptance package you received.
Cost: San Diego Airport $75; Los Angeles Airport $350
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you need to apply for an M-1 visa.
An M-1 visa is an immigration document that permits foreign citizens to come to the U.S. to study full-time at a vocation school for the duration of the academic program of their choice. For more details, please visit: : http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html