Coming to Clark
Obtain Your Visa Document
To come to Clark to study, work, or conduct research, you will need a visa document from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). This document (I-20, DS-2019) will allow you to apply for a visa and enter the United States in your intended visa category. Important terms and steps for obtaining your visa document are discussed below.
I-20 Frequently Asked Questions
After you deposit the enrollment fee you will receive an email inviting you to the ISSO Portal to submit your I-20 request. Keep in mind it can take 2-3 business days for you to receive your invitation to the ISSO Portal once I-20 processing has opened for your admissions term.
All communication regarding your I-20 will go to your Clark email address. It is VERY important to set up your Clark email and check it every day. You should also check your Junk or Spam folder and ensure your email security setting is not blocking emails from Clark University.
You can find the Estimated Costs here.
Keep in mind it can take up to 5 business days for your request to be reviewed. Business days are Monday-Friday. Check your Clark email for all updates.
The Affidavit of Support is a sworn statement by your sponsor to guarantee payment of your tuition and fees to Clark University. This document is needed for any financial document you provide that lists the account holder as someone other than yourself. You must use Clark’s Affidavit of Support form.
All documents must be no more than 6 months old and must represent liquid assets.
Examples of acceptable financial documents include:
- Savings and checking bank account statements
- Loan approval notices (including conditional approvals)
- Private scholarships
If you have a question about a document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ISSO reserves the right to request any submitted document, such as a bank statement, to be officially translated into English.
The International Center provides a Visa Success Guide available here.
In the first two semesters, international students are permitted to obtain on-campus employment only. CPT is only available after completing two full-time semesters and requires prior approval. OPT is generally completed after graduation.
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Yes! We have ZOOM DROP-IN ADVISING HOURS: FRIDAYS 9:30-11:00AM EDT.
Your I-20 Major/CIP Code will not always match the name of your Clark degree program. The CIP code indicated on your I-20 is the government code designated for your major. The National Center for Educational Statistics provides the following explanation of CIP codes:
“The CIP is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications and is used in a variety of education information surveys and databases.
The CIP titles and program descriptions are intended to be generic categories into which program completions data can be placed, not exact duplicates of a specific major or field of study titles used by individual institutions. CIP codes are standard statistical coding tools that reflect current practice, and are not a prescriptive list of officially recognized or permitted programs. The CIP is not intended to be a regulatory device. CIP codes, for the most part, are not intended to correspond exclusively to any specific degree or program level. In most cases, any given instructional program may be offered at various levels, and CIP codes are intended to capture all such data.”
For more information on CIP codes please click here.
The I-20 document is for the purpose of obtaining a visa. It shows the Consulate that you have the necessary funding to pay for the academic year, which is a nine-month period.
The ISSO issues your I-20 based on your admissions letter. If you have questions regarding your program of study, please contact Graduate Admissions at email@example.com.
If you successfully complete your Pathway Program, the ISSO will issue you an updated I-20 with your degree program.
The financials listed on the I-20 are the estimated costs of funding needed for the first academic year. The ISSO uses the Estimated Cost of Attendance chart when issuing your I-20. Your actual costs for tuition, fees, and living expenses may not exactly match the I-20. If you have questions about our bill, please contact Student Accounts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every US Consulate and Embassy has its own process and the documents required may vary. For a general guide, visit Study in the States.
Please see the information below on bringing dependent family members with you. Please note that H-1B employees have the responsibility for obtaining and ensuring immigration compliance for any dependents in H-4 status. The ISSO can provide general advice or refer you to an immigration attorney for assistance on specific matters relating to the legal affairs of family members.
Apply for Your Visa
Planning Your Arrival in the U.S.
The following information is meant to help you prepare to enter the United States and have the smoothest trip possible.
Travel to Clark
Clark is in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is about 40 miles west of Boston. Read below for directions to Clark and arrival information.
The main port of arrival in the Greater Boston area is Logan International Airport (BOS), which is served by all major U.S. airlines and many international airlines. From Logan, Worcester can be reached by public transportation (commuter rail), shared van service, taxis, and private car services such as Uber or Lyft. Please note that if you use Uber or Lyft, your pick-up will not be directly outside the terminal, but rather in a designated pick-up place for Ride Apps in the Central Garage. Please visit click here for more information. Peter Pan bus company offers a daily bus service from Logan Airport to Union Station in Worcester.
The most convenient way to get to Worcester is to use a shared van service. The service will pick you up outside of the airport terminal and bring you directly to Worcester. Knight’s Airport Limousine Service provides a shared van service to Worcester.
You can use public transportation to reach Clark. This may be the least expensive option, but it requires you to take multiple forms of public transportation, which can be difficult when you have luggage with you.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), or the “T”, operates an extensive network of subways, buses, commuter rail and ferry lines. From the Airport station, take the T’s Silver Line bus to South Station or Back Bay station where you will take the commuter rail to Worcester. Visit the MBTA web site for fare information, trip and route planners, and schedules.