Immigration support for International Students is offered through International Student Services. Services are tailored to the individual student’s needs with emphasis on adjustment to the campus and surrounding area and academic success. International Student Services and support in immigration related matters include, but are not limited to:
Coordinate the check in, orientation and registration for new student and returning international students.
Explain the benefits and restrictions of F-1 visa status through immigration advising.
Serve as a liaison for international students on campus and in the community.
Advise international students on matter relating to their academic programs that may impact their F-1 status in the U.S.
Provide information on authorized employment opportunities, including practical training.
Aid in the securing of legal documents available to international students.
Assist with outreach activities on campus and in the Lindsborg community.
Work closely with students to assist in acculturation to campus life and American culture.
Bethany College require international students on F-1 visas to carry health insurance while enrolled in school. The cost for the insurance will be added to your financial statement. The insurance for the 2015/2016 academic year is with United Healthcare through EIIA and the cost for the 12 months is $1,100. This includes coverage for athletic accidents.
International Student Perspective:
My name is Arman Hoque and I graduated from Bethany College in January 2016 with a major in psychology. I came from Stockholm, Sweden, to the United States in the fall of 2011 but transferred to Bethany College in the spring of 2013.
It has been an amazing experience to be an international student at Bethany. I’ve gotten to know people from all over the world. Everyone at Bethany is super nice and accepting. I have made friends for life at this lovely place.
Compared to Sweden everything regarding university studies is different here, such as the culture, the people and the whole school system. One of the biggest differences is the fact that the majority of the universities in my home country don’t have sports, other than perhaps intramurals. At Bethany most students are student-athletes, which is awesome! I have enjoyed my time on the soccer team tremendously.
The Lindsborg community is very friendly; everyone says “hi” and helps out with anything as you need. Many of the Lindsborg people have been there for me as mentors, shown me around and made me feel welcome!
I chose to study in the United States to get a different experience and meet new people. I have always loved to travel around and experience different cultures and eat different kinds of foods. Study abroad teaches you to take responsibility. Since Bethany is a residential college I received valuable experience as a Resident Assistant. I also had an opportunity to do an EBE, an internship of sorts, at the Central Kansas Foundation for Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, which was a phenomenal experience when you have psychology as a major.
The best part of my Bethany experience was, however, being able to play the sport I love, which is soccer, and of course meeting people from all over the world.