International Student Program Application Procedure

We strongly urge you to make your St. James International Student application procedure early for the best opportunity for enrollment.

The International Student Program Application Procedure is to review applications as they are received and decisions on acceptance are made as early as possible.

Please note—Very Important: St. James does not provide housing, transportation, health insurance, or English as second language classes for international students. Proficiency in reading and writing in English is required. 


Step 1:   Apply to St. James Lutheran School in Lafayette, Indiana

The following must be completed and included for application consideration:

  • Application for Admission Forms: Must include $200 non-refundable application fee.
  • Student Application to be completed by the parents.
  • Current photo of the student.
  • Recommendation to be completed by current School Principal or Headmaster.
  • Student Survey to be completed by the student and the parents.
  • Copy of Student’s Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Student Passport
  • Immunization, Medical Questionnaire, Emergency form to be completed by the parents.
  • School transcript from the last 2 years, translated into English.
  • Affidavit of Support (Form I-134): Please include a copy of bank statement showing parents’ ability to pay for at least one year of school in the U.S.
  • If applicable, a letter from the parents designating a guardian for the student while attending school. Letter must be in English, signed by the parents and notarized.
  • Students must be 15 years old or younger upon completion of the 8th grade.

Please note: An application will not be processed until all required documents have been received by St. James Lutheran School.


Step 2:      Application Review by St. James Lutheran School

After all documents have been received and reviewed, St. James Lutheran School will arrange for a Skype/Internet video interview with the applicant and the student’s parents. Appointments are made during school hours. Student testing may occur during this interview. Upon completion, the principal and admissions director will then review the application and if accepted, will send an email with the acceptance letter. Upon receiving the email, the student/family will send the US $600 enrollment fee to reserve a place in the program. Tuition and fees are non-refundable unless the Visa is denied. I-20 students are not eligible to apply for financial assistance. Please refer to our international tuition and fee schedule for details regarding fees and other payments.


Step 3:     Receive Acceptance Letter and I-20 Form

Upon receiving the $600 enrollment fee, St. James Lutheran School will send the following: The Acceptance Letter (original hard copy), the I-20 Form from St. James Lutheran School, receipts for any payments made, and instructions for your next steps. The I-20 is the document for receiving a F-1 Visa status from the United States Department of Homeland Security. 


Step 4:        Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Prior to applying for a visa, the SEVIS I-901 fee must be paid. This payment can be made with a credit card on the internet at http://www.fmjfee.com. Print your receipt. Proof of payment is required by the U.S. Consulate. 


Step 5:        Apply for a Student F-1 Visa

The documents needed at the U.S. Consulate of your native country for an F-1 Visa are:

  • The acceptance letter
  • The I-20 form St. James Lutheran School
  • Proof of payment of SEVIS I-901 fee
  • A signed passport (valid for at least 6 months after date of entry into the United States)
  • Transcripts from previous institutions
  • Proof of the family financial support (I-134) to cover tuition and living expenses for at least one year of study

Step 6:        Notify St. James Lutheran School in Lafayette, Indiana

When visa is granted, please inform St. James Lutheran School immediately. You can email this information to: international@stjameslaf.org

Inform St. James Lutheran School immediately when flight and arrival arrangements have been made. Students should arrive seven days before the 1stday of school.


Step 7:        Provide Proof of Medical Insurance

St. James does not provide medical/health insurance.

Email proof of medical/health insurance, which covers the students for 10 months beginning by the date of arrival. Email a copy of the insurance card before the arrival date. Proof of medical/health insurance must be made from a United States insurance company and cover the student beginning with date of arrival in the United States. St. James has partnered with ISO Insurance (https://www.isoa.org) to provide proof of Insurance for the applicant. This insurance meets and exceeds the requirements needed by the F-1 or J-1 immigration programs. Fees for insurance are included in the service fee section of the International Tuition and Fees Schedule. Contact the principal or admissions director for inquiries.

Within 2 weeks before starting school, the student is required to secure and show proof of medical insurance in the U.S.


Step 8:       Arrange Payment for Remaining Fees

The payment deadline for the remaining fees is August 1. Payment is to be made in U.S. currency in the form of a bank draft or wire transfer. In the case of late application, fees must be paid before the student arrives (7 days before 1st day of school for student). 

In the event the student’s F-1 Visa is denied, any tuition already paid will be refunded. The application fee and enrollment fee are non-refundable.

Students who enroll at St. James Lutheran School are committed to attending school here for a minimum of one semester. Students who withdraw or transfer before the end of the 1stsemester may request a refund for the 2ndsemester. If a student is asked by the Administration to withdraw for violation of Student Handbook policies, all fees for the current and rest of school year are non-refundable.