International students must provide complete and accurate documentation of sufficient funds in order to qualify for a student visa. The total of these funds must cover the cost of the first year of school, books and living expenses. Official bank statements as proof of liquid assets are required to document sufficient funds. A signed letter of support is required if the bank statement/account proving to required funds is not in your name.
The amount required to cover expenses for the first year is dependent upon the program of study and listed below. If you have dependents who will apply for F-2 Visas, the cost of living expenses for the spouse and/or children must be provided. The current cost of living per each dependent is listed on the 1-20 Financial Documentation Worksheet.
Federal laws require that international students maintain adequate health insurance while attending Bastyr University. All admitted F-1 students will be required to purchase coverage through Bastyr University or submit a waiver form providing documentation of comparable insurance coverage valid in the United States for the duration of study.
Estimated 2015-2016 First-Year Cost of Attendance
MA Counseling Psychology
AOM combined MS/BS
BS Exercise & Wellness
BS Herbal Sciences
BS Health Psychology
BS Integrated Human Biology
Official transcripts and diplomas from any college or university outside of the United States must be translated and evaluated, course-by-course, by an independent evaluation service. The service will issue a report equating foreign academic credentials to U.S. degrees, grades, credits and GPA. The service will forward the report to Bastyr University at the applicant's request. There is a charge for this evaluation, which varies depending on which evaluation service is used.
The evaluation report must be issued by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) accredited evaluation service. Please visit the NACES website at www.naces.org for a list of accredited members. Below is a list of NACES accredited services that are commonly used by students:
Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS)
505 5th Ave S, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 248-2255 fax: (425) 248-2262www.FIS-web.com
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400 fax: (414) 289-3411www.ece.org
World Education Services, Inc. (WES)Students planning to apply for any of Bastyr's Dietetics programs (MSN/DPD, BSN/DPD, or Dietetics Internship) are required to use an evaluation agency other than WES.
PO Box 5087 - Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311 fax: (212) 739-6120www.wes.org
International students who have attended other medical school programs and are requesting advanced standing in Bastyr University's naturopathic program should ask for additional information about advanced standing from the admissions office.
International students are not eligible for U.S. federal or state-funded student aid programs but may obtain private loans with a U.S. citizen or resident as a co-signer. Canadian students also have access to the Canadian federal student loan program and most provincial loans.
Documentation of sufficient funding is required for F-1 students because off-campus employment is prohibited by the USCIS during the first year of study. International students are limited to no more than 20 hours a week of on-campus employment while school is in session and may work full-time during vacation periods, as long as they have maintained status and intend to register for the following term.
Bastyr University has a very limited amount of international student employment money available and should not be considered a significant source of income.
International Students are welcome to apply to the Kenmore and San Diego campuses.
International students must enroll as full-time, degree-seeking students. To be eligible for enrollment at Bastyr University, all international student applicants must submit:
A non-immigrant student and his/her spouse/children may be admitted into the United States in the F-1 classification during their course of full time study. This does not include those applicants who hold dual citizenship, are lawful permanent residents (or have received confirmation from the U.S. Custom and Immigration Service [USCIS] of an adjustment of status to Lawful Permanent Resident), have a valid business visa, or, if by blood percentage, are 50 percent or more North American Indian. However, Bastyr University requires official documentation of such status.
Students with current F-1 visas transferring to Bastyr University must forward a copy of their current I-20.
All applicants for whom English is a second language must present evidence of proficiency in the English language in one of the following ways: