Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in applying to La Verne.

Click HERE to see information for international applicants interested in Applying to La Verne.

How much does it cost to study at La Verne?

Tuition rates for graduate and undergraduate programs are available here.

What are the minimum English Language requirements for study at La Verne?

All international students are required to submit proof of English Proficiency from either a test of English language or college entrance exam. For more information click here.

I have been admitted to study in a program at La Verne, I have received my letter of admission, and I have paid the $200 non-refundable confirmation fee. When will I get my I-20?

Applicants will receive an email with a link that has the I-20 application and how to upload their supporting documents.

Applicants in the U.S. will need to submit a copy of our Transfer form completed by an international adviser at the school you previously attended. It is important that your previous school fills out this form and returns it to OISE. If you must travel home before the first day of classes, we issue the I-20 for your travel.

Applicants in their home country will need to apply for the F-1 visa in the nearest U.S. consulate. Please check this website to find information about applying for a visa in your country. Find information about the visa process at the U.S. Consulate in your country.

I am transferring to La Verne from another institution in the U.S. How do I do this?

After you have been admitted and paid your non-refundable tuition deposit notify your current school that you intend to transfer to La Verne. Fill in your portion of the transfer clearance form and give it to the international adviser at the institution you are transferring from. The Transfer form can be found here. The form will be sent to the OISE by email, or it can be hand-carried. Remember that you must complete the transfer within two weeks of the first day of classes.

When may I register for classes?

All first year undergraduate international students will do necessary testing and registration during orientation week.

Undergraduate international students transferring from another U.S. college or university (but not a language school) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for appropriate placement. Undergraduates, if you have questions, please contact the Advising Office at (909) 448-4510.

Graduate International Students should contact the advisor in your respective department.

I am in my home country and I have been admitted to La Verne. How will you send my I-20 to me?

We will normally send it by express mail (such as Federal Express or DHL).

What are my options for housing while I am a student?

You may live in:

  1. The university residence halls (if available);
  2. Stay with an American family (home stay);
  3. Live in a room or apartment

Please go to the housing page to find more details.

Do I need inoculations/immunizations or a physical health exam?

Prior to enrollment a Physical Examination Form and Immunization Record is required. Failure to submit these forms will create a hold on your account which will prevent you from registering for future classes. These documents provide us with a history of previous medical care and are the basis for your continued medical care in college. Please return these forms as soon as possible.

Instructions for Completing your Health Requirements

All completed health forms must be submitted to Student Health Services. These forms can be accessed here; scan the completed form(s) and either e-mail them to or mail them to:

University of La Verne
Student Health Center
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750

The Physical Examination Form and Immunization Record must be completed and signed by a health care provider. It cannot be completed by a parent or student. The Health History Record and the Summary of Notice for Privacy Practices must be completed by the student. If you are a minor (under 18) at the time the forms are being completed, they must be co-signed by a parent or guardian.

The Physical Exam and TB Skin Test must be completed within the past year prior to the 1st day of classes. If you have a history of a positive TB Skin test, you will need proof of a chest x-ray within the past year.

The Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine must be given within the past 10 years. Td will not be accepted.
Immunization records are required to prevent outbreaks of communicable diseases on campus as well as to help recognize students who may be at risk. If your immunization records cannot be located, you have two options:

  1. Re-immunization
  2. A blood test to determine immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella and Hepatitis B. If the blood test indicates no immunity to MMR or Hepatitis B, re-immunization will be necessary.

If you had chicken pox (Varicella) as a child, please make sure your provider indicates the month and year you had the disease. A positive Varicella titer will be accepted if no records are available. If you have NOT had chicken pox in the past, you will need to provide written documentation of two doses of the Varivax vaccine at least 28 days apart.

To fulfill the meningococcal requirement, you must have received the Meneveo or Menactra vaccine (MCV4) within the past 5 years.

For any additional questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact Student Health Services at 001 (909) 448-4619. Additional resources can be accessed through our website.

Must I be a full-time student during all of my studies at La Verne?

International students are required to be enrolled full time throughout their course of study. Each year a student may take a vacation. Students in semester-based programs take a vacation during the traditional summer (June-August). Students in term-based programs must be registered for 3 consecutive terms in order to qualify for a vacation. There are only a few conditions under which you may take less than a full course of studies. Please contact OISE if you have questions.

Is there other financial assistance or financial support for international students?

For more information on this topic, click here.

What do I do if I am planning on going home for a holiday break?

Contact the OISE at least 2 weeks before leaving the U.S. so we can review your record and your I-20. If needed, we will provide you with a travel signature on your I-20.

I need to take a Leave of Absence what do I do?

A “leave of absence” from study is not a vacation. It is a period-of-time that a student takes to return home for compelling personal or family reasons, such as illness, death in the family, or a financial emergency. The following describes the procedures for students who cannot take a vacation—students who are not entitled to receive the benefit of the vacation period–but need to take a “leave of absence.” Note that F-1 students who will be outside the U.S. for 5 months or more are not eligible for a “leave of absence.”

Requesting a “leave of absence”

  1. Contact the Office of International Services and Engagement (OISE) to request a leave of absence before you leave school. If the DSO allows you to withdraw from school or take a leave of absence, you will be allowed a 15-day period for departure from the United States and your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record will reflect Terminated status for Authorized Early Withdrawal. This departure period only applies to a student who talks to a DSO about leaving school. If you do not tell your DSO, you will not qualify for an additional 15-day period for departure. Once you are ready to return to your studies, contact the OISE at least 6-8 weeks in advance to either re-activate your I-20 (if your leave has been less than five months) or to issue you a new I-20 (if your leave was more than 5 months).
    1. Obtain a travel signature on your I-20 if you plan on returning within 5 months to the university.
    2. Email your airplane ticket showing your exit date to the OISE.
  2. Contact your professors and inform them that you are taking a “leave of absence.”
  3. Contact your academic advisor.