International Students

International students seeking admission to LMU-CVM must meet all of the same criteria and submit the required documents. If English is not his/her native language, the international student must submit her/his official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable scores are either 550 on the paper based version, 79 on the internet based version, or 213 on the computer based version. The candidate must also display proficiency in English during the interview.

LMU-CVM will consider international students for admission based on the following policy:

New Students Applying to Enter the Country

In order to apply for an F-1 Visa, you will need to have received an I-20 from the college. After receipt of your official acceptance to LMU-CVM, you must submit the following before an I-20 will be issued:

  • Proof of financial support for the cost of attendance ($60,058) for one year at LMU-CVM; this may be satisfied by submitting one of the following documents:
  • An actual bank statement or official notarized statement from a bank showing proof of support in U.S. dollars; or
  • A completed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support;
  • If bringing dependents (spouse and/or children), you must furnish complete information on each and additional documentation of support ($5,000) for each dependent.

All documentation required to issue an I-20 should be submitted to: Conrad Daniels, Lincoln Memorial University, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate TN 37752. It must be received by May 1 or within 30 days of your receipt of official acceptance to LMU-CVM if accepted after April 30.

The college reserves the right to request additional information if not satisfied with any information received. An I-20 will be issued only after receipt of the items mentioned above and the college is satisfied that you have sufficient financial support to see you through four years of veterinary school.

In addition to your I-20, you will be required to submit a deposit equivalent to the 2017-18 tuition ($46,584). This deposit is due no later than June 15 and will be held on account at LMU until the beginning of your fourth year of studies; (see NOTE below) Exceptions to this policy may be made for students who have already established a good financial history as undergraduate students at Lincoln Memorial University.This deposit is in addition to payment of your fall semester tuition.

Obtaining a Student Visa

Once you have received an I-20, you should make an appointment with the U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for the F-1 visa. In most countries, first time student visa applicants are required to appear for an in-person interview. However, each embassy and consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding student visas. You should consult Embassy web sites or call for specific application instructions.

Your application for an F-1 visa must include:

  • Letter of admission from LMU-CVM;
  • completed I-20;
  • a recent 2×2 photograph;
  • passport valid for at least six months after your proposed date of entry in the United States;
  • form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-158;
  • an MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee, a visa issuance fee if applicable and a separate SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.

You should also be prepared to provide:

  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended;
  • scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution such as the TOEFL, MCAT, etc.;
  • financial evidence that shows you or your parents who are sponsoring you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period of your intended study;
  • If you are applying to bring dependents, you must also provide proof of your relationship to your spouse and/or children (e.g., marriage and birth certificates).

F-1 Transfer Students

Regulations permit students on current F-1 visas to transfer from one SEVIS approved school to another. To comply with this regulation, both schools must update the student’s records.
After receipt of official acceptance to LMU-CVM, as a transfer student you must submit the following information so that a transfer of schools in the SEVIS system can be processed:

  • Completed F-1 Student Transfer form;
  • Proof of financial support for the cost of attendance ($60,058) for one year at LMU-CVM; this may be satisfied by submitting one of the following documents:
  • An actual bank statement or official notarized statement from a bank showing proof of support in U.S. dollars; or
  • A completed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support;
  • photocopy of the I-20 from the school you are currently attending;
  • copy of your passport and I-94 card.
  • If bringing dependents (spouse and/or children) who are not US citizens or permanent residents, you must furnish complete information on each and additional documentation of support ($5,000) for each dependent.

The above information should be submitted to: Conrad Daniels, Lincoln Memorial University, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate TN 37752.

The college reserves the right to request additional information if not satisfied with any information received. An I-20 will be issued only after receipt of all items mentioned above and the college is satisfied that you have sufficient financial support to see you through four years of veterinary school.

In addition to your I-20, you will be required to submit a deposit equivalent to the 2017-18 tuition ($46,584). This deposit is due no later than June 15 and will be held on account at LMU until the beginning of your fourth year of studies; (see NOTE below) Exceptions to this policy may be made for students who have already established a good financial history as undergraduate students at Lincoln Memorial University.This deposit is in addition to payment of your fall semester tuition.

NOTE: Interest will accrue on this deposit annually. If you fail to complete the first three years of study due to academic dismissal or death, the advance deposit plus interest will be returned to the original depositor. If you should drop out or do not return for any other reason, the advance deposit will be returned to the original depositor but the college will retain the accrued interest.

Candidates with Foreign Coursework

Candidates who wish to use coursework completed outside the United States must submit their transcripts for evaluation to one of the following services:

World Education Services
P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
212.966.6311
www.wes.org
Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
305.273.1616
www.jsilny.com

A course-by-course evaluation is required and all course work must be designated as undergraduate, graduate or professional. LMU-CVM will only honor evaluations from one of the above services. The evaluation must be included with the admissions packet.

Student’s Responsibilities Once on Campus

  • You must make an appointment with Conrad Daniels, your DSO at Lincoln Memorial University, within seven days from the first day of class to complete the SEVIS registration process. When you go for your appointment, you must take all visa information including your I-20, I-94 and passport.
  • During your enrollment at LMU-CVM, you must notify your DSO within 10 days of any change of address.
  • You must remain a full-time student.
  • Your I-20 must be endorsed by your DSO every 365 days.

Office of Veterinary Admissions
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Email: veterinaryadmissions@lmunet.edu
Harrogate, TN 37752
Office: 423-869-6676; 800-325-0900 ext. 6008
Fax: 423-869-6393