Willamette University’s Early Career/Career Change Full-time MBA program welcomes admitted international MBA degree students who will be on an F1 or J1 Visa while studying at Willamette. We also welcome admitted international exchange students from our partner schools.

Admitted international students who attend the Willamette MBA program will study at Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) on the Willamette campus in Salem, Oregon. Here, you will be an important part of a program known for providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities, excellent faculty and teaching, and a collegial atmosphere that challenges and supports students as they build new knowledge, experience and tools. You be considered for merit-based scholarships programs awarded at admission and you will have the rare opportunity to participate in up to three semesters of internship.

International students who have been admitted to any program in the United States have a few steps to take after admission to ensure a smooth arrival process. Below is a short description of those steps with links to resources to help you on your way. If you have questions, be sure to contact us.

A prerequisite to these steps is to make sure you have a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months into the future from the date you apply for your visa, and from the date you will be entering or re-entering the United States. Contact your local embassy or consultant if you need to renew your passport.

Steps for Admitted Students Who Will Be on an F1 Visa

  1. Provide the Willamette MBA admission office the financial documents required to qualify of an I-20. These documents include official bank verification of funds (written in English) and a photocopy of the name page of your passport. Contact us if you have questions. See more information at Study in the States – Financial Ability.

  2. When your documents qualify you for an I-20, the Willamette MBA admission office will mail your I-20 to you. The Form I-20 is an important document that you should keep safe, as you will need it throughout your life as an international student.

  3. After you receive your I-20, the next step is to pay your I-901 SEVIS Fee and print a receipt. Save the receipt. See more information at Study in the States – Paying the I-901 SEVIS Fee

  4. After you receive the receipt for your I-901 SEVIS Fee, the next step is to make a visa appointment. A visa can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start-date listed on your I-20. See more information at Study in the States – Applying for a Visa.

  5. You are now ready to plan your arrival. You may enter the United States up to 30 days before your official program start date listed on your Form I-20. Remember, even though you have a visa, you must have a passport that will be valid for six months beyond your date of entry to United States. See more information part way down the page at Study in the States – Arrive at US Port of Entry.

Steps for Admitted Students Who Will Be on an J1 Visa

  1. Students who will be on a J1 visa are generally working with an exchange sponsor organization or fellowship program who will help then with the process. Contact us if you have questions.


Willamette MBA international students receive the same quality education and benefits as U.S. students, including eligibility for scholarships and internships.

Studying in the U.S.

Learn about every step in the process for an international student to study in the U.S on an F1 visa at "Studying in the States."

Contact Us With Your Questions

We are here to help you explore Willamette University's MBA programs and answer your questions. Email, call 503-370-6167, participate in our online chats, visit us on campus or meet our representatives at MBA events around the world.

Willamette University

Early Career and Career Change MBA

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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