International Student Services

Over the years, MCU has welcomed students from more than 50 countries. We’re proud our diverse campus attracts future leaders from all around the world.

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Welcome to our global community

As an international student, you are a special addition to Marymount and contribute to the diversity of our university. The Office of International Services is here to support you in your academic, professional, social and cultural integration into college and the United States. We can advise you on immigration issues, address your concerns and enhance your experience.

We can help with:

  • Making the admissions process as smooth as possible
  • Understanding and maintaining your visa status
  • Preparing for your arrival
  • Adjusting to American culture
  • Navigating the resources at MCU and in the community

For new incoming and transfer international students

It is my greatest pleasure to welcome you into the MCU global community. Your choice to step out of your comfort zone and join the robust and ever-growing population of international students here at Marymount sets you apart as an independent, motivated individual whose goals align with ours; to receive a real-world education in an environment that challenges students of all backgrounds to pursue lives of leadership and service.

The Office of International Services is here to support your immigration needs and to help you adapt to your new surroundings in your home away from home.

Please feel free to visit the Office of International Services! We truly look forward to seeing you on campus!

Cheers, and welcome to MCU!

Ryan O’Connell
Assistant Dean of International Services & Enrollment

One of the most important steps in preparing to study in the U.S. and at MCU is securing the correct type of visa. MCU hosts students in the F-1 Student Visa category. Below, please review the “Preparing for Study in the U.S.” packet of information, designed to take you step by step through the F-1 visa-seeking process.

Be sure to upload all the required documentation into the MCU application Status Portal to start the process. Once these documents are uploaded, the Office of International Services will review your documents and create for you the Form I-20, with which to seek your F-1 visa.

For more detailed information and the step-by-step process, review the “Preparing for Study in the U.S.” packet.

You’ve paid your deposit, you’ve received you F-1 visa, purchased your airplane ticket… now what? Not to worry! The Office of International Services has you covered! In the “Pre-Arrival Information Packet” you’ll find all sorts of great information about some of the things you may not have even thought about! This includes links to New Student Orientation, things to pack, and how to get to MCU once you land in the U.S.!

Download the Pre-Arrival Information Packet

If you are applying to MCU as an international student and you are currently in the U.S. in another visa category besides the F-1 Student Visa category, it may be required of you to change your status. Generally there are two ways to do this, depending on your current visa type;

  • Request an Official Change of Status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
  • Travel out of the U.S. to Gain F-1 Status

Alternatively, if you possess a visa status that allows you to study at the University (post-secondary) level, you may not need to change visa categories currently.

For more details on which process may be right for you, or if you have other questions related to your current visa status, contact the Office of International Services.

The following forms are required as an international student seeking the F-1 visa. Please download each form and upload them back to the MCU Application Status Portal in the “International Student Visa Requirements” section.

Confidential Statement of Financial Support Form 19-20

SEVIS Transfer Verification Form

International Services

Ryan O’Connell
Assistant Dean of International Services & Enrollment
ROconnell@marymountcalifornia.edu
+1 (310) 303-7382

Office Hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Campus location
AD 106