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International Students

Thank you for taking time to learn more about Spring Arbor University by visiting our website for international students! We have had students 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 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

Applying for Admission

Complete these 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

Congratulations! We’re so happy that you have been accepted to Spring Arbor University. Please complete the following forms and submit the following information. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Anderson at

Health Form


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.


Students are responsible for flight arrangements and securing transportation from the airport to campus. Flights are not covered in the cost of tuition, but an estimate is reflected on the Affidavit of Support. If you need transportation from the airport, we can discuss how we can assist you in securing a ride.

Visa Information

Read the following information about obtaining your visa.

Form I-20

To comply with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, all non-US citizens desiring to study in the United States must obtain the required documentation to do so. When you have been admitted to Spring Arbor University, we will begin the process of completing this documentation. You will be issued a Form I-20, which lists some of your personal information, and proves that you are enrolled at our university. This is a very important document that you will need throughout your time here. All I-20s will be sent to your email.

Form I-901 and $350 remittance fee

Upon receiving your I-20, you will go to to complete the Form I-901 and pay the one-time $350 remittance fee required by the United States Department of Homeland Security. You must have your Form I-20 in hand before completing the Form I-901. The $350 fee is paid to the U.S. government, not Spring Arbor University. You can learn more information on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

F-1 Student Visa

Most international students are required to schedule a VISA appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country. Please note: In some countries, the wait time for an appointment may be several weeks. Students are responsible for booking their own VISA appointment

Entering the United States

International students cannot enter the United States more than 30 days prior to the “program start date” that is indicated on the Form I-20. This is a United States government regulation over which Spring Arbor University has no control. Your arrival date needs to be communicated as soon as possible so we can ensure appropriate accommodations are made.

Arriving on Campus


Spring Arbor University provides orientation programming for international undergraduate students. Undergraduate students participate in New Student Orientations (NSO), including special NSO for International Students sessions. This in-person, on-campus orientation will cover these topics:

  • Academic and social life at SAU
  • Insurance, immunization requirements, and University Health Services
  • Campus resources and support services
  • Strategies to get the most out of your time at SAU
  • Working permissions and Tax information
  • Important immigration and contact information
  • Meeting with an adviser and scheduling courses
  • Make friends and connections with your peers and LINK Mentors
What Can You Expect

The fall International Student Orientation (ISO) is a program for undergraduate international first-year and transfer students. Through presentations and interactive activities, students will learn more about the SAU campus, connect with SAU departments, resources, and staff, and get matched with current SAU students. ISO is also an opportunity for students to make friends as they begin their SAU journey.

Resources for International Students

We have various resources and opportunities available for international students while at Spring Arbor. Learn more by clicking the links below.

Contact Us

If you have questions, feel free to call or send an email. We are here to help!

Christina Anderson Headshot

Christina Anderson

International Admission Representative
Phone: 517.750.6607
WhatsApp: 1.517.750.6607