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Ready to join our family? Applying to CWC is easy, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
We offer 4 convenient payment options to choose from:
After you receive your documents, you’ll need to apply for your F-1 student visa. The process is generally the same all over the world, but the exact details may vary from country to country. Here are the basic steps:
Student visa applications are given priority by the U.S. government, so the wait time for an interview appointment is usually very short, often just a few days. You can check the wait times for interview appointments and visa processing time information for each U.S. Embassy or Consulate worldwide here.
For more information on the visa application process, you can also visit the following websites:
After receiving your F-1 Student Visa, please keep in mind when you are making your travel arrangements that you may enter the United States up to 30 days before the course of study start/report date shown on your Form I-20.
Also, please be prepared to show the following documents to the Customs and Border Protection officer when you enter the United States:
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) no longer gives out paper Form I-94s (Arrival-Departure Record) when you enter the United States. Instead, CBP will stamp your passport with an admission stamp that shows the date of admission, class of admission and admitted until date. If you need your Form I-94 for any reason, you can get a copy at www.cbp.gov/I94.
We recommend that you visit the CWC campus at least seven (7) days before the study start/report date shown on your Form I-20 to complete the registration process. Please remember to bring the following:
During your visit, you will be completing the remainder of your enrollment forms and taking an English placement examination to assess your current level of English language proficiency. You will receive your test results during your appointment, and your class assignments will be based upon the scores you achieve on this examination.
You will also be participating in a student orientation before you begin your classes. The orientation is designed to familiarize you with our school policies, curriculum and activities, as well as to provide you with valuable tips and resources to help you make the most of your study abroad experience. Attending the orientation will give you a great head start on the road to success at Columbia West College and help you to adjust more quickly to life in Los Angeles.
We also work with agents in many different countries. If you prefer to have your application process handled by an agent, please contact us for more details.
For questions or assistance, you can always call the school at (213) 368-3900 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you have a pleasant trip to Los Angeles. See you on campus!