International students are valued members of the Antioch student body. The Department of Justice provides approval to Antioch University Santa Barbara for attendance of non-immigrant students. Students from other countries who are studying at Antioch University Santa Barbara on F-1 student visas are obligated to follow designated federal requirements in order to stay in compliance status with the United States Department of Homeland Security.
A select group of staff members in the Admissions Office and the Student Services Office serve as Designated School Officials (DSOs) who are empowered to issue and sign I-20s for admission and for travel outside the United States. Visa services are not provided, but the institution will vouch for student status. F-1 visa students are not eligible to apply for financial aid through state and federal government agencies. However, F-1 visa students are able to research external grants and scholarship programs that may be available through privately funded sources outside of and independent of the University.
In addition to following the advice of the F-1 visa student’s advisor, the F-1 visa student must consult the Student Services Office, who serves as principal foreign student advisor, in several important instances. These situations include reporting to a Designated School Official:
- After initial admission or re-admission to the University;
- Before considering any registration status other than full-time;
- When seeking assistance and information in cases of financial or medical emergency;
- When contemplating travel outside the United States;
- After the conclusion of the student’s program of study;
- Regarding any questions about visas, extensions of stay, curricular or post-degree completion practical training, transfer of school academic programs, or change of immigration status; and,
- For change of address.