Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, you will find frequently asked questions related to international students. For other questions, please navigate on side menu.
What is the importance of a Designated School Official (DSO)?
- The Designated School Official (DSO) is your main point of contact for any questions about the I-20, the F1 student visa, and your legal status in the USA as an F1 student.
Your program director will connect you with the DSO after your full admission to the program.
How do I get a US Student VISA if I am an international student?
- Step 1:Apply for full admission to Touro College and be accepted into the program.
Step 2:Read the Touro College international office information about the I-20 and visa HERE
Step 3:Fulfill all the requirements of eligibility to receive your original I-20 certification of eligibility with your SEVIS number.
The International Student Office will provide you with instructions about receiving your I-20.
Step 4:Use your SEVIS number to pay and book your F1 student visa interview appointment at your closest U.S. consulate
Step 5:Prepare for the visa interview, reviewing the material from the Touro international office.
What kind of evaluation do I need? Which agency can I use?
- You will need to get a course-by-course evaluation if your degree comes from outside of the United States. Please find our recommendations for the course-by-course evaluation on our international admissions page here.
What is the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility?
- An I-20 is issued by a Designated School Official (DSO) from the International Student Office at Touro College after you have been admitted to Touro College and you have demonstrated that you or your sponsor have sufficient financial resources for you to be an eligible student in the USA at Touro College.
Is New York City safe for International Students?
- Yes, when students follow common sense advice to stay safe. Crime rates have dropped dramatically in New York City in the past two decades, sometimes by more than 700 percent in certain neighborhoods. While New York City is much safer than in the recent past, it is still a large American city.
Therefore, we recommend common sense safety measures like "avoid deserted streets at night" and "keep your cell phone secure and your bags and belongings in front of you and visible on the subway". Our advisors will talk to you about different neighborhoods, give you common sense safety tips, and help you to find a neighborhood for housing that is safe and relatively affordable.
What is it like to study in New York City?
- New York City has hundreds of diverse neighborhoods to explore for food and art lovers, thousands of companies and organizations for networking and enrichment, and unlimited options for entertainment. NYC is so big and diverse that students can choose to seek out a specific culture or can choose to spend a day avoiding your home culture (even the Americans can do this).
Yet, despite being the biggest city in America, it is also the easiest to get around. New York City’s subway system boasts 27 subway lines and 472 stations, and the overall public transportation system covers everywhere including Northern New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester County, and Southwestern Connecticut (together, with NYC, this total area is known as the Greater New York City Area).