Spring Arbor University

International Students

Thank you for taking time to learn more about Spring Arbor University by visiting our website for international students! We welcome international students to our campus. Currently, enrolled international students hail from Canada, China, India, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, New Zealand and South Korea. We also have students enrolled who have lived in Spain, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Ghana, Kenya, Romania, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Zambia.

Acquaint yourself with Spring Arbor University and its many (over 70) academic programs. We greatly anticipate your presence on our campus and are here to guide you through the entire process—from applying for admission to arriving on campus.

Already enrolled? We look forward to meeting you in person!

SAU International Student Admission Policy

There are three (3) stages of admissions for international students:

Applying for Admission

Complete these four steps to apply for admission to Spring Arbor University:

When we receive all of the information listed above (either submit via this website or mail to Admissions Office, 106 East Main Street, Spring Arbor, MI 49283) we will be able to review your application file and make a decision about your acceptance to Spring Arbor University.

After being accepted…

Complete these forms and submit the information to SAU to continue the admission process  

Congratulations! We’re so happy that you have been accepted to attend Spring Arbor University. But, you are not done, yet. Please complete the following forms and submit the following information. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Foster at heather.foster@arbor.edu.

Health Forms

Health Care and Health Insurance

Both domestic and international students need to have health insurance if they plan to live and study at Spring Arbor University. (This is not provided by Spring Arbor University, so you will need to select a health insurance service and provide us with verification of your coverage. If you need assistance in selecting a health care policy, we do have a few recommendations we can provide to you that some of our international students have used in the past. Let us know and we can give you a few options.)

Visa Information

Read the following information about obtaining your visa.

I-20 Form

Spring Arbor University can issue your I-20 Form once you are accepted and have submitted your Affidavit of Support along with supporting financial documentation. Your original I-20 Form and official acceptance letter will be sent to you by express mail. Please refer to the Welcome Week information to plan for your start dates and Welcome Week schedule.

I-901 Form and and $200 remittance fee

Once you receive your I-20 Form, you will go online to FMJfee.com to complete the I-901 Form and pay the one-time $200 Remittance Fee required by the United States Department of Homeland Security. You must have your I-20 Form in hand to complete the I-901 Form. The required $200 will be paid to the U.S. government, not to Spring Arbor University.

F-1 Student Visa

Most international students are required to make an appointment with the United States Embassy in your home country to apply for your F-1 student visa.

Entering the United States to attend school

International students cannot enter the United States more than 30 days prior to the “program start date” that is indicated on the I-20 Form. This is a United States government regulation over which Spring Arbor University has no control.

Arriving on campus

Find out what you’ll need to do and know before you arrive on SAU’s campus


You’ll be required to attend two orientations once you are on SAU’s campus:

  • International Student Orientation
  • Welcome Week for all students

Opportunities for International Students

We have various resources and opportunities available for international students. Learn more about them by clicking on the links below.

Contact Us

If you have questions, we are here to help answer those questions. Phone or send an email.

Heather Foster

Assistant to the Director of Admissions
Office of Admissions
Phone: 517.750.6697
Email: heather.foster@arbor.edu
Fax: +1-517-750-6620