After Acceptance – Next Steps

CONGRATULATIONS! You now have been accepted to Bellevue College, (BC).

Please complete the following steps to prepare yourself and get ready to study at BC.

*** NOTE: If you are transferring from a US school and already obtained your F-1 visa, it’s okay to skip the “Obtain F-1 Visa” step.

Student visas are issued by US Embassies and Consulates located outside the United States.

  1. Pay your SEVIS Registration Fee: fmjfee.comSEVIS
    • You must have your passport and your I-20 (immigration document) from BC before you pay the SEVIS fee.
    • You MUST print out the receipt from your SEVIS payment.
    • You need the SEVIS receipt to sign up for the visa interview.
    • You also need your SEVIS receipt at the visa interview.
  1. Find a US Embassy or Consulate near youConsulate General Hyderabad
    • Go to this website: http://www.usembassy.gov/
    • Click on your area of the world.
    • Click on your country.
    • Click on Visas.
    • Follow the instructions to sign up for a visa appointment.
  1. You must contact your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for the required documents for your visa interview.
  1. For more information about F-1 visas, please see this website: http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students
  2. Receiving a decision:envelope-vector
    • If you are approved for a student visa, Congratulations!
    • If you are denied a student visa:
      1. Politely ask the consular official why the application was denied.
      2. Also ask when you may reapply for a visa.
      3. If you would like to re-apply for the student visa, please contact your BC admission specialist: oie@bellevuecollege.edu.

Tips – How To Prepare for Your F-1 Visa Interview

Click here to view useful tips.

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Off Campus Housing

It is best to secure your housing option before you leave your home country. BC students and scholars live in a variety of housing arrangements including BC Student Housing, apartments, homestay, and hotels depending on their needs and interests.

Four common options to find a place to live while studying at Bellevue College:

  1. Live in BC Student Housing, (which opens in September 2018)
  2. Live with your relative or friends
  3. Live with a local host family or homestay
  4. Live in an apartment

Visit our Housing webpage to get more detailed information for the BC Student Housing, the Host Family/Homestay, Apartment, and short-term temporary (i.e., hotel) options.

Studying in the US can be exiting and stressful. However, your health is a priority. We strongly recommend YOU arrive healthy & ready to enroll full-time. A Check-Up for general health, dental, & vision BEFORE you leave your home country is extremely important.

You might wonder:
* Why do you have to do all of these “Health Check-up”?
* Do I have to buy a BC Student health insurance while I am studying at BC?
* What does BC Student Health Insurance cover?
Click here to view answer for these questions and more information.

You might have been wondering how much money would be enough and what type of monetary you should bring to help you in settling down at the beginning. Click here to view more information and helpful suggestions for you.

Important Dates to remember:

 Summer '18Fall '18Winter '19Spring '19Summer '19
Arrive in the U.S.Credit and Bridge:May 20-June 18, 2018


ESL: May 20 - June 17, 2018
Credit, Bridge, and IBP: August 7 - Sept 5, 2018


ESL: Aug 11 - Sept 9, 2018
Credit and Bridge: Nov 21 - Dec 18, 2018


ESL: Nov 22 - Dec 18, 2018
Credit, Bridge, and IBP: Feb 27 - Mar 25, 2019


ESL: Feb 29 - Mar 25, 2019
Credit and Bridge: May 25 - Jun 23, 2019


ESL: Feb 27 - Mar 23, 2018
Check-in & Orientation REQUIRED!Credit and Bridge: June 19, 2018


ESL: June 18, 2018
Credit, Bridge, and IBP: Sept 6, 2018


ESL: Sept 10, 2018
Credit and Bridge: Dec 20, 2018


ESL: Dec 21, 2018
Credit, Bridge, and IBP: Mar 26, 2019


ESL: Mar 28, 2019
Credit and Bridge: Jun 24, 2019


ESL: Jun 25, 2019
Classes StartCredit and Bridge: July 2, 2018


ESL: June 25, 2018
All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, IBP, and ESL): September 17, 2018All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, and ESL): January 2, 2019All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, IBP, and ESL): April 3, 2019All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, and ESL): July 1, 2019
Classes EndCredit and Bridge: August 16, 2018


ESL: August 9, 2018
All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, IBP, and ESL): December 6, 2018All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, IBP, and ESL): March 22, 2019All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, IBP, and ESL): June 21, 2019All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, and ESL): August 15, 2019

Important Notes

  • Dates are subject to change.
  • Make sure your visa appointment is early, so you can be at orientation!
  • You MUST attend orientation. Students who miss orientation will NOT be allowed to join y. Students who miss the orientation will have immigration problems.

 

What MUST be packed in your carry-on luggage?

* Valid Passport A Photo of Passports
* Valid F-1 Visa A Photo of Visa page
* I-20 form A Photo of an I-20 Immigration form

And:

  • I-901 Receipt
  • A complete local address (where you will be staying in the US)

Before Orientation and Check-in date, create your BC Student Email and NetID.
You will need:

  1. SID – Student ID Number (950-xx-xxxx). You can locate this SID from your BC acceptance letter via email from your BC Admission Specialist.
  2. PIN – Personal ID Number. It’s your date of birth MMDDYY. For example: if your birthdate is September 7, 1996, your pin is: 090796.

Click here to get detailed information, steps by steps, of how to create your BC Student Email and NetID.

Orientation and Check-In Dates:

QuarterCheck-in & Orientation REQUIRED! Placement Tests Classes Begin
Summer 2018 Credit and Bridge: June 19, 2018


ESL: June 18, 2018
Credit and Bridge: Students must attend Orientation to get a testing & registration appointment


ESL: June 20, 2018
Credit and Bridge: July 2, 2018


ESL: June 25, 2018
Fall 2018 Credit, Bridge, HS Completion, and IBP: September 6, 2018


ESL: September 10, 2018
Credit, Bridge, and HS Completion: Students must attend Orientation to get a testing & registration appointment


ESL:September 11, 2018
All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, HS Completion, IBP, and ESL): September 17, 2018
Winter 2019 Credit, Bridge, and HS Completion: December 20, 2018


ESL:December 21, 2018
Credit, Bridge, and HS Completion: Students must attend Orientation to get a testing & registration appointment


ESL: December 27, 2018
All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, HS Completion, IBP, and ESL): January 2, 2019
Spring 2019Credit, Bridge, HS Completion, and IBP:March 26, 2019


ESL: March 28, 2019
Credit, Bridge, HS Completion, and IBP: Students must attend Orientation to get a testing & registration appointment


ESL:March 29, 2019
All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, HS Completion, IBP, and ESL): April 3, 2019
Summer 2019Credit, Bridge, and HS Completion:June 24, 2019


ESL:June 25, 2019
Credit, Bridge, and HS Completion: Students must attend Orientation to get a testing & registration appointment


ESL:June 26, 2019
All Programs, (Credit, Bridge, HS Completion, IBP, and ESL): July 1, 2019

Important Notes

  • Dates are subject to change.
  • Make sure your visa appointment is early, so you can be at orientation!
  • You MUST attend orientation. Students who miss orientation will NOT be allowed to join their applied program. Students who miss the orientation will have to defer to a future quarter. Please contact us at accepted@bellevuecollege.edu to request for a new I-20 for your future quarter.

 

Bring the following documents with you to the Orientation and Check-in date:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20
  • A complete local address (where you are staying) and telephone number
  • A complete local emergency contact: your relative’s or friend’s or guardian’s name, phone number, and email address
  • Money to pay for your tuition, ORCA bus-pass card or parking permit, and/or books
  • Any update admission documents (e.g., proof of high school graduation, final O-level test results, final SACM Guarantee Financial letter, update TOEFL/IELT test result, etc.)

Transportation

You can use many types of transportations to/from Bellevue College, such as driving a car, riding a bicycle (bike), or taking a metro bus. Each type of transportation you choose has different requirements. For example, you need a valid driver’s license and a parking permit if you drive a car; you need to purchase an ORCA (bus-pass) card if you ride a bus, etc.

Click here to view more detailed information about Transportation and its requirements.

Other Recommended Documents to Bring with You to the US

1. Bring official transcript(s) from your previous college or university:

2. Bring several sets of recommendation letters and resume in English. You may need these when you are eligible to do an internship or work on-campus.

Last Updated May 25, 2019