Four-Step Instructions for Euromasters Trans-Atlantic Track (TAT) students coming to the University of Washington
STEP 1: FILL OUT THE UW GRADUATE SCHOOL AND HOUSING APPLICATIONS
As a Visiting Graduate Student in the Spring Quarters 2015, you will need to apply for admission to the University of Washington Graduate School. Admission is guaranteed, but your application cannot be processed until it is complete with the following items: Graduate School Application Form, Certificate of Status, and Statement of Financial Ability, including a bank statement. Please save a copy of all the documents you upload during the UW application process.
A. UW Graduate School
Application Form. Graduate applications to the University of Washington can be filled-out and submitted online. You will need a credit card to pay the $75 processing fee. Click on the link to start your application. Please note that you need to create a profile before you can continue on with the application process. First you need to create a profile, then select "Visiting Graduate Student". Select "Political Science" (Ph.D. option) when asked to choose a program, then continue on with the application process.
Certificate of Status. This form must be signed by the appropriate representative from the POLIS department at the University of Bath.
Statement of Financial Ability. A special TAT version of this form can be printed-out through the link. Please note that any family member or other sponsor claiming to support you MUST sign the form. Also, along with the form, you MUST submit a bank statement or comparable document demonstrating that you have sufficient funds to support you at the University of Washington. The minimum amount of financial resources during the last school year was $6,735. In the event that figure increases, we recommend providing evidence of $7,000 in funds. This will suffice in any contingency.
Students who bring dependents (children or spouse) should contact the EU Center about filling out additional forms.
Please note that you will not be able to upload your Statement of Financial Ability or your Bank Statement until after the Political Science department has extended you an offer. Once you have been admitted you will be able to upload both documents and complete your UW application.
B. UW Housing Office
Optional Housing Application. Residence hall (dormitory) applications for the Spring Quarter become available in mid-winter. There is no application fee. Please contact the Housing and Food Services office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Many students in the recent past have had success finding their own off-campus housing. If you are interested in pursuing off-campus housing you can start your search here and here.
STEP 2: OBTAIN YOUR STUDENT VISA
The Graduate School admits you to the university by sending you a special form called an I-20. The form establishes your student status and allows you to apply for an Academic (F-1) Student Visa. You must have your I-20 from the University of Washington and a valid passport, good through the period of your intended studies, in order to apply for a student visa. We strongly recommend allowing two months for the application process.
How do I apply? Along with your I-20 and a valid passport, you will need a Non-Immigrant Visa Application DS-156. The application form can be printed out from the Visa Services page maintained by the U.S. Department of State. Most Euromasters-TAT students will submit their application to the US Embassy in London, which maintains a useful website on F-1 and M-1 Visas for Students. Please consult this site before sending in your application.
Where do I apply? Almost all Euromasters-TAT students (even non-EU citizens) have been able to obtain their visas at the U.S. Embassy in London. However, this has not always been the case. The US Department of State advises that students "should generally apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence." If you have any doubts, please contact the London embassy. If you do not intend to apply through London, you can look up other locations on the US Embassy and Consulate Link Page. Again, please check the specific website before sending in your application.
How much will it cost? The standard visa application fee is $100. You will also have to pay an additional $200 to the US Department of Homeland Security for its new SEVIS (Students and Exchange Visitor Information Service) program. Some foreign nationals may have to pay an additional fee based on a principle of reciprocity (i.e., your country charges extra, so we charge extra). This will not apply to UK / EU citizens. Non-EU citizens can check the Visa Reciprocity Finder maintained by our Department of State.
What do I do when I arrive? At immigration you will need to present your passport, your F-1 visa, and your I-20. You must pass through immigration before you arrive at baggage claim, so please DO NOT pack your documents in checked-through baggage!! At immigration you will be given an I-94 entry card. Keep this in a safe place, along with your passport, during your stay in Seattle. Be aware that the Department of Homeland Security may take your fingerprints in accordance with new regulations.
STEP 3: MEET HEALTH INSURANCE AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Health Insurance: All international students at the University of Washington are required to carry health insurance. Most purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), which costs $706 per quarter and provides up to $100,000 in medical coverage, as well as a limited dental plan. However, students on an official exchange program, such as Euromasters, can get around the requirement by demonstrating that they already carry an equivalent amount of health insurance in their home country. To qualify for this exemption, you must bring a copy of an active insurance policy and present it to our International Services Office by the end of the first week of Spring Quarter. For more information on how to waive the UW health insurance requirement please click here.
Measles Immunization Requirement: All students at the University of Washington are required to provide proof of measles (Rubeola) immunity, or to request a waiver for religious, personal, or medical reasons. Detailed information can be found at our Immunization Website. The campus Health Center will not allow you to register for classes until you have met this requirement. Therefore, we ask you to send us a completed Measles Immunity Verification Form before the first day of registration for Spring Quarter (you can find this form on the Immunization Website). Please follow the requirements on the Measles Immunization form carefully, and use the correct date format (mm/dd/year). You can mail your immunization form directly to the Center for West European Studies, send a scanned copy to email@example.com (preferred), or fax it to us at 1-206-616-2462. Pleas make sure you send us this form on or before March 2, 2015.
Center for West European Studies
Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
120 Thomson Hall, Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
STEP 4: REGISTER FOR COURSES
All Euromasters-TAT students need to enroll in the module core course "The United States and Europe in Comparative Perspective". The EUC will provide you with the required code to register for this seminar. You'll choose your second, third, and fourth courses from a menu of classes on American politics and society offered during the Spring Quarter 2014. The new list of menu courses for 2014 will be emailed to you and posted online in the winter. You will also be sent a formal registration packet, which contains instructions on how to obtain a UWNetID and open a personal webpage called MyUW. Once you have a MyUW account, you can register for courses directly on-line. Courses fill up quickly, so it's important to register as soon as possible. Your registration start date is March 2, 2015. You can change your schedule at any time, but there is a $20 fee for every change made after the first week of the beginning of the quarter.
Tuition and Fees. Students on the Euromasters-TAT program have a full tuition waiver. Like all students, you receive a tuition bill some time after the first day of classes. However, you will only be responsible for two mandatory charges. The first is a charge (currently $76) billed for a student bus pass, which provides unlimited use of Seattle public transportation through the Spring Quarter. The second is a fee (currently $45) billed for orientation activities sponsored by our Foundation for International Understanding Through Students. As Spring Quarter approaches, please see the FIUTS website for a schedule of orientation and other activity dates. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of your membership in this organization. If you purchase UW insurance, you will receive a bill for it at this time.
Note: All fees must be paid by April 17, 2015. Spring Quarter classes end on June 12. Please do not plan to leave Seattle before this date.
Questions? Call 206-616-2415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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