Becoming an ELI Student
Step 1: Application and acceptance.
Follow the application procedures on our "How to Apply" page.
Let us know if you are interested in living on campus. Campus housing is not always available, but we will assist you in finding an apartment if necessary.
Wait for your I-20 and acceptance letter to arrive via FedEx or another carrier.
Step 2: SEVIS fee and F-1 Visa Interview
Contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate to schedule an F-1 visa interview appointment. You will need your I-20 and acceptance letter.
Pay the Sevis fee here - - - https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.jsp
Take your I-20, acceptance letter, Sevis payment receipt, passport, financial documents, and any other important information to your visa interview.
Step 3: Confirm Your Arrival
Contact us to let us know you have been awarded a visa.
Tell us your arrival information so we can arrange to pick you up from the Valdosta airport.
Step 4: Arrival
Fly into Atlanta with a connecting flight to Valdosta. We will pick you up at the airport in Valdosta.
If you do not fly into Valdosta, you will need to arrange transportation to Valdosta via bus.
Step 5: Housing
If you have not found housing, you can arrange to stay in an extended stay hotel. Contact us for more information.