New Student Support

Welcome to the Roger Williams University (RWU) family! During your application process you have worked with the Admissions Office, after submitting all of your immigration documentation you will work directly with the Office of International Student & Scholars Services (OISSS).
Your immigration document will be mailed to you from the OISSS.

Visa Application FAQ

Who needs a visa?

All students planning on studying in the United States will need an F or J Visa unless you have a Canadian or Bermudan passport. 

Click Here to Learn About Student Visas

When Should I Apply?

What Do I Need to Apply?

  • A Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)
  • Form DS-160
  • A passport valid for at least 1 year.
  • One (51 x 51 mm) passport sized photo
  • Receipt showing proof of visa application fee payment
  • Receipt for SEVIS Fee 
  • Bring copies of the financial documents, transcripts, test scores, and diplomas you used in your application. 
  • Evidence of ties to your home country.

Click Here for Guide to Filling out the DS-160 Application

How to pay SEVIS Fee?

All students should pay their SEVIS Fee immediately after signing their I-20.

How much is the SEVIS fee?

  • F-1: $200 USD ($350 USD as of June 24, 2019)
  • J-1: $180 USD ($220 USD as of June 24, 2019)

How do you pay the SEVIS fee?

You may pay this fee with a credit or debit card online at

*Dependents do not require an additional SEVIS fee.

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International Orientation is mandatory for all international students; it is an opportunity for students to get to know their peers and the RWU community.  Each incoming student will receive an International Ambassador (IA) that will mentor them through out their first year at RWU.

During Orientation you will:

  • Learn about what it is like to live and study in the U.S.
  • Get tips on succeeding academically
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Receive class schedules
  • Receive information on your immigration status
  • Go shopping for your dorm room with the IAs
  • Meet faculty to discuss your course of study
  • Find out about getting actively involved on campus
  • Learn about campus policies and available student services

For more orientation information visit the Orientation Website, or email them at:

Preparing for your arrival:

For many students orientation is the first time they visit our campus in Rhode Island, the weather can be a challenge for packing.  Students have created a guide on what to pack

Additionally, students have questions regarding U.S. Health insurance.  Please what this intro to U.S. Health Insurance video for information regarding insurance in the U.S.