Prerequisites To Study At Stratford: International Nursing Program

International Nursing Student

Earning a bachelor of science in nursing abroad in the US can be a strategic move for your nursing career in China. However, there are several nursing prerequisites you must meet first to start your journey as an international student. Let’s take a look at the steps necessary to begin your academic career in the US at Stratford University.

Prepare Your Documents

The first step in your journey abroad in the US is to gather documents to start the application process. You will need to collect copies of academic transcripts and diplomas for all high schools, colleges, and universities that you have attended. To attend an undergraduate program, you must have a minimum of a high school diploma.


You will have to provide proof of English language proficiency. There are two tests you can take: the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Our TOEFL score must be a minimum of 79 (IBT) or 213 (CBT). The cut-off score for the IELTS is 6.5-band. Of course, if you speak English as your first language or you have obtained a degree from an English-speaking country, you do not need to to meet this requirement.


In order to obtain an F1 student visa, you must provide proof of financial support. Official bank statements or balance certificates that verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program, as well as living expenses. Sufficient funds will be equal to or greater than $21,985 for a undergraduate program for nursing per academic year. If these financial statements are in the name of your parents or someone else, you must have them notarized.


Other documentation that you will need for your application package as part of your nursing prerequisites include a photocopy of your passport and two recommendation letters.


Once you have compiled all the necessary documentation, you are ready to submit your online application. All documentation can be uploaded and attached to your application or they can be submitted via email to, in PDF format please.

Apply for F1 Student Visa

After your application has been reviewed and accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance from Stratford University nursing schools, along with a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). This can take three to four weeks to process. Make sure your contact information is correct, including home address, email and phone, as this is sent via UPS. It is important that you apply early so that you have time to obtain a student visa.


Once you’ve received your acceptance letter and Certificate of Eligibility, you can apply for an F1 student visa. The visa application process requires that you pay the $200 SEVIS fee; complete the nonimmigrant visa application (Form DS-160); pay the F1 application fee; and schedule your interview. Don’t forget to include a photo with your application and print a copy of the application to bring to your interview.  


After you have your interview scheduled, you may contact our International Student Office to schedule a skype call with us for visa interview preparation. The Consulate will request a list of required documents for you to bring. Those may include documents such as, but not limited to, letter of acceptance, proof of financial support, Form I-20, proof of SEVIS fee payment, and other supporting documents.

Register For Classes

Now that your F1 student visa has been approved, you can prepare to travel to the US and begin registration at one of Stratford’s nursing schools. Our International Student Office is available for campus tours, orientation, and class registration. You should contact the ISO prior to traveling and let them know your plans to ensure a safe and timely arrival.

International Student Office

The ISO is a one-stop-shop that is prepared to answer all your questions and assist you with any topics related to your visa or your studies at any time. Our office is prepared to assist students with advice about academic options at Stratford, advice about the visa application, issuing a Certificate of Eligibility, providing pre-departure advice, issuing Curricular Practical Training, issuing recommendation to USCIS for Optional Practical Training, and providing information about transferring to Stratford’s nursing schools from another institution.

Stratford has flexible schedule options to fit the needs of any student’s schedule, with classes offered days, nights, and weekends. For even greater convenience, Stratford offers online courses as well and several start dates throughout the year. Contact our ISO with any questions you may have regarding your application process to study at Stratford University today.

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