The Global Education Office welcomes all new and continuing international students and scholars to Monmouth University. We have a long tradition of welcoming students and scholars from around the world to our learning community. They bring diversity of cultures and academic experiences which enrich the campus community and beyond. This page contains important information prospective and continuing international students and scholars. For a general overview of our office’s services, please consult our section of the International Admissions website.
All new international students and scholars MUST CHECK IN with the GEO upon arrival on campus. Every new international member arriving at Monmouth University has a set of arrival instructions and formalities based on their visa status that must be recorded and updated with Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). After students receive admission to Monmouth University, the GEO reaches out to each student to support them through the visa application process, pre-departure tasks, and on-site orientations (including the International Student Orientation, held before the Fall and Spring semesters). We encourage students to read what the GEO sends them for a lot of hints about “next steps.”
The Global Education Office (GEO) supports international students and faculty by providing a caring environment of advocacy, assistance with visas, and cultural programming to enable them to achieve their educational goals and realize their potential as leaders.
For more information, please visit the following web site:
A Service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Study in the States
A Service of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Questions? Here is our contact information:
BARBARA NITZBERG, M.A.
Assistant Director, Immigration and Visa Support
Global Education Office
COREY INZANA, M.B.A.
International Student Advisor
Global Education Office
Information on Obtaining Your Student Visa and I-901 fee
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires a one-time fee payment for new F-1/J-1 Students and J-1 Scholars. The fee helps cover operational costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which is a central computerized system that maintains and manages data of international students, exchange visitors, and their dependents during their stay in the United States. The fee is $200 for F-1 students and $180 for J-1 exchange visitors.
Who is required to pay the fee?
- Students who are applying for F or J status with an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 issued on or after September 1, 2004 must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
- Students must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee every time they start a new degree program that requires a new I-20 or DS-2019 with a different SEVIS ID number.
Students must have the Form I-20 or DS-2019 before they pay the fee. Although students are able to schedule a visa application interview before they make the SEVIS I-901 fee payment, the fee should be paid at least a few days in advance of the interview date.
Who is not required to pay the fee?
- Continuing students who received an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 dated prior to September 1, 2004, who have not completed their program and who have maintained status do not need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
- Continuing students with a change of level or transfer on the same SEVIS ID are considered to be in continuation of the current program and are not required to pay the fee.
- Even if students received a Form I-20 or DS-2019 from their school or exchange visitor program with updated information and the printed date is on or after September 1, 2004, they do not need to pay the SEVIS fee. Payment is determined by the original issuance date.
- Dependents of students and exchange visitors in F-2 or J-2 status do not have to pay the SEVIS fee.
Paying the SEVIS I-901 Fee
Students can pay the SEVIS fee online at www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/. You will need your SEVIS number to complete the online payment.
When paying online, please make sure to print the receipt directly after the transaction. Students must present the fee payment receipt to the officer at the visa interview and at the port of entry when entering the United States.