Applying from Outside the U.S.

Applying from outside the u.s.

For those that need a student visa (F-1 visa) to study English in the U.S.

UNC Charlotte can issue the I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) which is necessary to apply for a student visa. Generally, you should apply 2-3 months before your start date to have time to get accepted, get a student visa, and arrange transportation to Charlotte.

To join the English Training Institute (ELTI) using a student visa with an I-20 showing that you will study English, complete the following items:

  • Fill out the online ELTI application form. You will receive an automatic reply once you have successfully submitted the application. If you have difficulty completing the online application, contact us at
  • Send official bank documents showing that a balance of US$25,000 or more is available.
    • These are the total estimated expenses for one academic year of study, including tuition, student fees, health insurance, books, housing and meals, and incidentals. This is our best estimate of costs per student, and this is what you should be prepared to spend for one academic year. Proof of financial ability is required by the U.S. government for student visa applications. Keep copies of your official bank documents and letters of sponsorship to show embassy or consulate officials. Financial ability to pay is one of the most important factors in getting a student visa.
    • If your family will come with you, an additional US$6,000 per spouse and US$3,600 per child will be necessary. Only spouses and children (age 21 and under) are allowed to be dependents on the student visa.
  • If the financial documents do not show your own name on them, you must also send a Financial Sponsorship form completed by the person (or persons) providing your financial sponsorship.
  • Send a copy of the personal information page from your passport. If you do not have a passport yet, please be sure that you spell your name and enter your other information correctly – and also check that all other documents (Visa, I-94) have your name and other information correct.
  • Pay the $90 application fee (non-refundable). You can pay by credit card, check, or money order (in U.S. dollars, payable to UNC Charlotte). Use our online payment website.
  • Send all documents to the link provided on the application form. Do not send your documents via email as it is unsecured.

Applications will not be considered complete until all documents and payments have been completed.

NOTE: SEVP regulations require that the I-20 can be sent ONLY to the student/applicant. We can no longer send this document to Agents, or allow family members to pick up documents.