This information is for international students who are planning to travel to the U.S. to attend CTY’s On-Campus Summer Programs. Contact the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) at [email protected] or 667-208-7001 if you have visa- or immigration-related questions.

Detailed information specific to an enrolled student’s site location can be found in MyCTY under "On-Campus Programs."

Obtaining a Student Visa

Non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents who are not already in the U.S. with an immigration status that allows study must request a nonimmigrant F-1 student visa to attend our on-campus programs.

First, you must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for a student visa (Form I-20) from the JHU OIS. Within five business days of receiving confirmation of your summer course assignment, the OIS will send you an email with a link and instructions to complete a web form, along with the necessary documentation. Complete the OIS web form as soon as you receive the link.

Students attending the first or both on-campus summer sessions must apply for the I-20 visa certificate at the earliest possible date, no later than April 1. Students attending the second session only must apply no later than April 15. After these deadlines, OIS cannot guarantee that you will receive your immigration documentation in time to secure your visa before the program. To allow time for the visa process, families should submit their I-20 requests no later than May 15. Requests submitted after May 15 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if I-20 issuance is possible. Learn more.

Health and Travel Insurance While Abroad

CTY does not provide medical or travel insurance for students. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to arrange for coverage while attending CTY On-Campus Programs. The parent or guardian who signs the CTY Medical Form is responsible for all costs incurred as a result of medical care provided, including the cost of prescription drugs. CTY will invoice families through their CTY student account for any charges that result from medical treatment received during the session.

Transition to CTY and the English Immersion Classroom

Non-native-English-speaking students participating in CTY’s summer program for the first time should know it involves a transition into a new academic and social setting that they may find new and challenging. This includes small classes where active student participation is expected; limited access to internet and mobile phone; speaking English inside and outside the classroom at all times; sharing living spaces with others; encountering students with different opinions, living styles, and cultures; and participating in a learning environment where students do not receive grades. We recommend families discuss these expectations with their child before enrolling in the program.

More Student Visa and Travel Information

Families of international students who are planning to attend CTY on-campus programs in the U.S. can find information about the student visa process and more tips for travelers here.