"At FIDM, we recognize that International Students represent an important part of our student body, bringing cultural influences from across the globe and further expanding our family of FIDM Alumni to the global markets. Our four campuses are located in California cities that are very appealing both culturally and professionally. Los Angeles, for example, is home to people from more than 140 countries.
The benefits of earning an education in a foreign country extend beyond FIDM's curriculum; a variety of cultural and professional experiences will enrich students and prepare them well for exciting careers."
-- Ben Weinberg, FIDM International Student Advisor
After acceptance to FIDM, we provide international students with I-20 forms for F-1 visas. If you have any questions about visas please contact your local U.S. Consulate.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: An International Student Financial Statement form (click to download PDF) is required before an I-20 student visa application can be issued. The information entered on this form must show an ability to finance college and living expenses, in US dollars, for one academic year (living expenses are currently estimated to be approximately $19,000 - $25,000, depending on the length of the program). This financial form may be submitted separately.
After an international student obtains a visa and enters the U.S. in F-1 status they must continue to maintain that status and follow F-1 regulations upon entry until final departure. The key requirements for maintaining F-1 status include, but are not limited to the following:
At normal conclusion of studies or practical training, F-1 students usually have 60 days (grace period) in which to prepare to leave the U.S., to move to a new academic program, or to transfer to another institution. However, certain factors may reduce that grace period.
An F-1 student may only work under the following conditions (any work not authorized by this section will violate F-1 status and serve as grounds for cancellation).
STUDENTS: Please see the DSO at your campus of attendance for a complete employment policy form. Refer to the FIDM Portal for more information regarding International F1 students.
Students whose first language is not English and who have not taken AND passed a regular (not ESL) English class at a U.S. accredited college or a US high school must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score - or a TOEFL equivalent - prior to acceptance. Students who have TOEFL scores of 207 computer-based / or 76 Internet-based and above are exempt from FIDM's Development Writing (ESL) classes.
The minimum TOEFL score or a TOEFL equivalent for acceptance to FIDM is a computer-based score of 183 or an Internet-based score of 65.
FIDM offers Developmental Writing (ESL), an advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) course, for students whose scores range from 183-205 computer-based, 65-74 internet-based.
FIDM students take the Developmental Writing (ESL) classes in conjunction with courses in their major.
The cost for the Developmental Writing (ESL) class is $850 (tuition, books, and supplies).
START HERE with the Step-By-Step Application Procedure page that guides you through the additional information required by FIDM to complete your application with choices to apply online or download the printable version of the application for faxing or mailing.
IMPORTANT NOTICES: FIDM has rolling admissions deadlines for each academic quarter. International Students are especially encouraged to immediately start the application process to ensure the desired start date at FIDM.
International Student application fee payment schedule:
|$25* paid upon application to FIDM|
|$200* paid upon acceptance to FIDM|
|$300* paid 30 days after acceptance to FIDM|
|$525* total - *All nonrefundable - For further details refer to the Tuition Section|
Yes! Each quarter FIDM holds a special International Student Info. Session before school starts. You'll learn important information about your visas and meet the people who can help you during your time at FIDM. All International students with F-1 Visas must attend.
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