International Facts at a Glance

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does College of Western Idaho have on campus housing?

    We do not have on-campus housing.  It is important that international students have a place to stay before they arrive in Boise.

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  • Does College of Western Idaho offer health Insurance?

    We do not offer health insurance but have compiled a list of companies that offer health insurance to international students. These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the College of Western Idaho of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The College of Western Idaho bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.
    Health Insurance Options

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  • As an international student can I get financial aid?

    International students do not qualify for federal financial aid. Other forms of financial aid may be available through your home country or other various organizations and agencies.

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  • Can I submit an application online or do I need to submit a paper application?

    Online applications require a Social Security Number, so unless you have a social security number the paper application must be submitted.

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  • Do I need to take a math or English placement test?

    International students are required to take an English proficiency test before being admitted.  Once the student has arrived in country they will be required to take the math and English placement test. 
    Study guides for the placement tests

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  • I have an original copy of my High School Diploma from my country. Can I use this to get accepted into college?

    Students must submit the original high school transcript to a CWI One-Stop Representative.  The student will be contacted once the document has been reviewed for authenticity.

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  • What information does the school need?

    The forms ask for your personal information (name, birthdate, country of birth and citizenship, native language, and academic plans at CWI), financial support information (how you will pay for your classes), and additional information regarding your sponsor and dependents (people relying on you financially). If you are transferring from another U.S. college or university an International Student transfer form will be required.

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  • What do I need to get an I-20?

    An applicant must be 18 years old or older, and will need to be an admitted student of the College of Western Idaho. Apply Here

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  • Do you need my I-20 from my other university, and why?

    Yes, we need you to submit an International Student Transfer Form to verify all students transferring to CWI from another U.S. university for both identification purposes and that you are financially able to pay for your classes. The I-20 must be electronically sent from your previous university through the Student and Visitor Exchange Information System (SEVIS).

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  • Can an advisor look at my foreign college transcript and tell me how it will transfer?

    No, official transcripts from all foreign colleges must be received through any of the approved evaluation agencies listed on our website. All international post-secondary documents must go through an evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Students need to provide the official credential evaluation in addition to the official transcripts. In order for an evaluation to be considered official, it must come to us directly from the evaluation service.

    These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the College of Western Idaho of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The College of Western Idaho bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

    Educational Credential evaluators - http://wwwece.org 414.289.3400
    World Education Services - http://www.wes.org 212.966.6311
    Global Services Associates, Inc. - http:// www.globaleval.org 310.828.5709
    Global Credential Evaluators Inc. - http://gceus.com/contact 512.528.0908

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  • Do I have to be a full time student to keep my Visa valid?

    Yes, you must be enrolled on a full-time (12 credits per semester) basis and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

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  • Why do you need my information from my other university?

    We need to verify your identity, financial standing with the previous university, and your educational merits to determine which courses you may or may not need to take at CWI.

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  • How do I get my I-20?

    Once your student file is complete our Designated School Official(DSO) will review and issue the I-20.  The DSO will send a link to the student so they can arrange to have the I-20 sent to them.  The I-20 can also be picked up from the school during scheduled times.

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  • How long will it take to get my I-20?

    Once all the required documents have been received and processed, the I-20 can be available within 7 business days.

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  • Why can’t CWI evaluate my transcripts?

    Evaluation agencies have more resources to evaluate the credits and courses in your diploma and equate their transfer equivalency to our accreditation standards.

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  • What if I receive my I-20 and it is incorrect?

    Contact the Designated School Official, Kim Bettencourt at kimbettencourt@cwi.edu, immediately upon receiving the I-20 so it can be corrected.  Once you receive the corrected I-20, sign and date the bottom of the first page of the form.

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  • When can I register for classes?

    Once you have been fully admitted as a student of CWI you will be given a username and password. First-time students must complete the Mandatory Student, Orientation, Advising and Registration online orientation to be able to register for classes.  International Students will also be required to attend a Mandatory in-person Orientation before attending classes.

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  • My family member/friend is in another country and wants to come here. What do they/we need to do?

    They will need to meet the requirements for admission, submit all necessary forms and documentation.

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  • Why can't I turn in their paperwork?

    We cannot release any information about another student's account or accept any documents from someone else for them unless they fill out a Privacy Release Form and submit a clear copy of a valid government-issued photo Identification card via fax or email. Additional identification verification may be required.

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