2016-2017 Academic Catalog: International Student Services

Jeanmarie Ambrose, Director
Student Service Center
Phone: 617-989-4391

International Student Services (ISS) staff members are available to assist international students in maintaining their legal non-immigrant status in the United States (U.S.) and strive to ensure that students experience a smooth transition to life in the U.S. through International Student Orientation and other programs throughout the year. ISS is available to assist students individually in their personal, social, and academic adjustment to Wentworth and the U.S.

ISS is the source of information at Wentworth regarding the regulations and policies of the U.S. government as they pertain to international students. Any international student with questions regarding his or her F-1 Student status should contact ISS to obtain an analysis of, and recommendations for, his or her specific situation. ISS will address questions related to employment, maintaining valid status, obtaining a new visa or Form I-20, or any other related topic.

It is the responsibility of each student to maintain his or her valid status in the United States. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records of international students are maintained through ISS in order to provide information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on each student as required by law.

Visiting/Exchange Students

Students pursuing degrees abroad at institutions with a signed articulation agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology may apply to enroll at Wentworth for one or two semesters as a non-matriculating/exchange student with the approval of their home institution.

Visiting/exchange students are required to live on campus and to purchase health insurance through Wentworth.

Applications for enrollment will be reviewed for academic eligibility by the appropriate academic department and by International Student Services for eligibility for non-immigrant student status.

For a student to apply to enroll as a visiting/exchange student and receive documentation needed to obtain the appropriate U.S. non-immigrant status, the following application materials must be received by International Student Services by March 15 of the year in which a student applies:

  • Completed Enrollment Application for international exchange students
  • Complete official transcript showing all grades received at the home institution and any other institution of higher education the student has attended
  • Essay from the student describing his/her interest in the particular program he/she is applying for and why he/she would like to study at Wentworth in and the U.S.
  • Letter from an official at the home institution stating that credits earned at Wentworth Institute of Technology will count toward the student’s degree program
  • Proof of English proficiency. Please refer to Wentworth’s website under Admissions for details on acceptable forms of proof
  • Financial documentation showing the student has enough readily available money to pay for living expenses, books/supplies, etc. during their studies in the U.S.  Specific amount is updated by ISS each year. Tuition is paid to the home institution
  • Copy of passport pages showing name, date of birth, country, and expiration date
  • Students applying to study in the Wentworth Architecture or Design & Facilities Departments may also be required to submit a portfolio, for example drawings made for classes

Visiting/exchange students are regarded as members of the Wentworth community and as such are encouraged to participate in campus life through engagement in student club activities, etc. Visiting/exchange students are also responsible for adhering to the Student Code of Conduct as well as any other rules set forth by the Institute.