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Accepted Students

La Roche University offers educational opportunities for students from around the world.

Next Steps

Sign Your I-20

Make sure to sign your I-20 in blue ink.

Pay Your SEVIS Fee

The SEVIS fee is a $350 USD payment required to process your visa application. All foreign nationals must pay this fee in order to come to the United States to study at a college or university.

This fee is paid to the United States Government, not to La Roche University. Students should pay the fee after they receive their Form I-20 in the mail from La Roche University.

Students must fill out the Form I-901 and pay the fee before scheduling a visa appointment. To find more information about Form I-901, pay the SEVIS fee or check the status of your payment, please go to

Payment options include credit card, debit card, check or money order. For information and directions on fee payment options, please visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.

Students need a copy of the receipt for proof of payment at the visa interview.

Apply for a Student Visa

Make an appointment to visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Collect the following documentation to submit at your appointment:

  • A valid passport
  • Appropriate visa applications (available at the embassy/consulate or online)
  • Acceptance letter from La Roche University
  • Supporting documentation detailing employment, reason for travel and financial status
  • Proof of payment of SEVIS I-901 fee

The application procedures and supporting documentation can differ from one region to another. Please check with the U.S. Embassy in your country for specific requirements.
Submit your application, passport and supporting documents to the U.S. embassy or consulate. The application will be reviewed, and the consular officer will notify you of any additional steps required.

Learn more about applying for a student visa.

If You Received Your Visa

If you received your visa, congratulations!

  • Pay your deposit. LRU offers two secure payment portals for our International Students to submit admission deposits and tuition payments online:
    • Flywire – Pay in your local currency, and Flywire will deliver your funds directly to La Roche.
    • CIBC – Pay in your local currency with one of Canada’s largest banks, and CIBC will deliver your funds directly to La Roche.
  • Complete Immunization Record form—to be completed by your Health Care Provider.
  • Book your flight to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Complete the Flight and Arrival Information form and email it to International Admissions.
  • If you are living on campus, complete the online Housing Application. Airport pickup is available Monday and Tuesday before the first week of classes for students living on campus only. Tell International Admissions if you need to be picked up from the airport.
  • When you arrive in Pittsburgh, check in with Dr. Natasha Garrett in International Student Services within 48 hours.
  • Take the ESL Placement test at orientation, if necessary. Bring your passport, I-20 and official academic transcripts to the test.

Take the Academic Placement Test (If Necessary)

Students who do not need ESL and are ready to register for academic courses will take a placement test during orientation.

Attend International Student Orientation

All new international students are required to attend the International Student Orientation prior to the start of classes.

Orientation sessions cover important topics including:

  • Academic policies
  • Course registration
  • Immigration responsibilities
  • Health insurance
  • Campus employment
  • Personal banking
  • Safety and security
  • Student organizations
  • American culture

You also will complete English language or academic placement testing. After receiving your test results, make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your program of study and register for your classes for the semester.

We’re Here to Help

If you have questions or need assistance during the application process, our International Admissions team is here for you. Contact us today: or 412-536-1279.