There are several time sensitive steps to becoming an international student. It's important to start the process as early as you can. Visa wait times differ country-to-country and may impact the process of matriculating to Widener.
Your Widener account is a gateway to communications with Widener. Your account will connect you with Widener happenings and grant you access to your course schedule, tuition bill, online housing application, and much more.
Secure your spot as a Delaware Law School student by submitting your non-refundable admissions deposit on or before May 1 for fall enrollment and November 1 for spring enrollment. Enrollment deposits can be submitted online, by phone (302-477-2207), or by mailing a check. Checks should be made payable to Widener University.
Please note that it will take approximately 2 weeks for ISS to issue your I-20 and 1-2 weeks for you to receive it in the mail.
To get started, please complete Widener University's Request an Immigration Document electronic form.
To complete the form, please have the following materials available:
Once we receive your immigration record and all required forms, we can issue your I-20 or DS-2019s as well as your dependents, if applicable.
Visa wait times vary and can be as little as a few days or as long as several months. Please check the visa wait times for the latest information.
Now that you have your I-20 or DS-2019, you must pay the SEVIS fee and apply for a visa.
The SEVIS fee is $350 USD for F-1 students and $220 USD for J-1 exchange visitors. This fee is separate from and in addition to the visa application fee.
Once you have paid the SEVIS fee, you need to schedule your visa appointment with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate closest to your home. Be mindful of visa wait times. You need to schedule your appointment well in advance of your planned arrival date at Widener.
On your appointment date, be sure to bring:
During your appointment, the consular officer will review your documents and ask you about your academic plans. The officer will verify that you have the academic ability, English language skills, and financial resources to study at Widener University. They will also determine whether they think you have sufficient ties to your home country and intend to return home after your studies.
NAFSA offers a few tips and helpful reminders so you can feel confident for your Visa interview.
Students at the Delaware Law School may live on or off campus, and information regarding housing will be provided to you in your admissions packet. Learn more about housing at Delaware Law School.
Residence Hall Supplies
ISS has partnered with DormCo to provide you with a way to purchase in advance your bedding, towels, lamps, and any other supplies you may need for your room. Your items can be shipped directly to Delaware Law School and will be waiting for you when you arrive on campus! Best of all, shipping is only $2.95 for your entire order.
In order to ensure timely delivery, please purchase your items by July 31st for fall enrollment and December 1st for spring enrollment.
Use the address below as the ship to address:
Widener University Delaware Law School
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19083
Cell Phone Service through CampusSIMs
CampusSIMs provides reliable, no-contract cell phone service specifically designed for international students. The CampusSIMs mobile plans start at $25/month and work on any unlocked GSM cell phone. Sign-up is quick and easy, and plans include many features that are ideal for international students such as free unlimited international texting, multilingual customer support, and the ability to freeze your account (and stop payment) while you are traveling out of the country. Visit CampusSIMs to learn more and pre-order your SIM card.
As a Widener University Delaware Law School student, you are required to purchase the university health insurance policy. Your university account will be invoiced for the insurance fee schedule. Because you will be automatically enrolled in the university plan, it is not necessary to purchase health insurance prior to arriving in the United States.
You must complete the Health History Form and the Pre-Matriculation Certification of Immunizations Form before you begin your studies at Widener University. Please complete the forms thoroughly, including the tuberculosis (PPD) test administration and reading and all dates of immunizations. If you choose blood tests (titers) to document your immunization status, include a copy of each of the laboratory results.
The university prefers that immunizations be administered prior to your arrival in the United States. However, if you are unable to do that, Widener University requires immunizations be administered at the Student Health Services office within the first month of school. Note that Health Services charges a flat fee for any immunization.
Moving to a new country and starting school in a foreign language can be stressful. In addition to your physical health, it is very important to take care of your mental health. Widener has a number of resources to help you, including a Counseling & Psychological Center on campus. For more information on taking care of your mental health, watch this video on Mental Health Awareness.
In addition to your physical and mental health, it is important to consider your safety. Widener University is a very safe campus and provides many services including Campus Safety Officers, safe rides, and a well-lit campus. For more information on safety, visit the Campus Safety website and watch this video on understanding and preventing Sexual Assault.
For more information on how medical insurance in the U.S. works, watch this video on the U.S. Healthcare System.
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It is important that you prepare well in advance for your trip to the U.S. and for your studies at Widener University. The following information will help you in this process. Please read all sections thoroughly so that you do not miss important paperwork or deadlines.
Please review the appropriate Pre-Arrival and Orientation Guide for F-1 students or J-1 exchange visitors. International Student Services created these guides to assist in your preparation for arrival to Widener University and to ease your transition to a new culture.
In addition to the estimated cost of tuition, fees, books/supplies, medical insurance, and living expenses noted on your I-20 or DS-2019, you will want to bring money for the following expenses that you may incur upon your arrival:
If you are planning to pay your tuition by wire transfer, we recommend you do so in advance as your registration will be placed on hold if your payment has not been completed at the time of registration. The amount for the wire transfer should be approximately half the amount listed on the I-20 or DS-2019. For students living off campus: do not include the amount for living expenses. Note that the amount on your I-20 is for the whole year (DS-2019s include the amount for the entire program), and includes living expenses and other fees which may not be due directly to the university.
The Office of the Bursar can assist with wire transfers.
Do not book your plane ticket until you have received your visa. Keep in mind that you can legally arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date on your I-20/DS-2019; however, we do not recommend that you arrive early unless you have made prior arrangements. Widener cannot provide housing or airport pick-ups prior to orientation.
Carry your passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019, and I-901 receipt with you when you board the plane. Do no place these items in checked baggage. You will not be allowed to board the plane if you do not have all required immigration documentation with you.
At the port of entry, you will speak with a Customs and Border Protection Officer who will examine your documents and stamp your passport. If you have any problems at the port of entry, please contact ISS during regular business hours at 610-499-4498 or 610-499-4472 or Campus Safety after hours and on weekends at 610-499-4200. If the immigration officer has questions, provide the officer with these numbers to call. Keep all your immigration documents available, because you will need to present them to ISS at orientation.
Students will be contacted by their advisors for registration. Course schedules and textbook information can be found here.
After receiving your Visa and making your travel arrangements, please let us know when you will be arriving on campus. Complete this quick form to keep us updated.
All new international students are required to attend our comprehensive orientation program to explore Delaware Law School, learn about academic and immigration policies, and make new friends!
Information regarding orientation can be found in your admissions packet. Please contact the GICLS office at [email protected] for more information.