All students in the TAM program will need to consider visa issues and begin to make arrangements well in advance. Students who are not permanent residents of the United States will need to acquire a student visa (F1) in advance of the fall semester at UNC, which usually starts at the end of August. Students who are not permanent residents of an EU country will need to arrange their student visas for the appropriate European country (countries) early in the fall semester after they have passed their language screening at UNC and/or over the summer.
The UNC office of the TransAtlantic Master’s program will advise and assist you when possible, but ultimately it will be necessary for you to take full responsibility for acquiring your visa documents. You will need to contact the embassies/consulates of each country in which you intend to study and ask for the necessary requirements and paperwork. In general, you will have to provide documentation in the following areas: (1) Financial resources (2) Health insurance & Immunizations (3) Proof of admission to an academic program; (4) Police record / FBI background check. For the details of each country’s requirements, again, you must contact the consulate directly. Once you begin the TAM program, you will receive copies of an admission letter addressed “To whom it may concern,” which outlines your proposed course of study. You will need this letter at virtually every step of the visa process.
Immediately after admission, students who are not legal residents of the United States will need to begin the application process for the F1 visa which will allow them to study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Financial Certificate for International Applicants should be accompanied by:
• 3 original letters of guarantee from all scholarship sources
• 3 original letters of financial guarantee from any relatives providing financial support
• 3 original bank statements for the student’s and/or relatives’ bank account showing financial resources which will be used during the year in which you are enrolled
All documents must be originals, in English, in US dollars, in triplicate.
If these items are completed correctly, the UNC Office of International Student and Scholar Services will produce an “I-20” for you. You must take this I-20 to a US embassy or consulate when applying for your student visa. You cannot enter the United States to begin the TAM program on any other visa. Before your arrival in the United States, you will also need to arrange health insurance for the length of your stay in the United States and provide documentation of that health insurance to the TAM office at UNC-Chapel Hill.
New students should not arrange visas or purchase tickets for travel to the sites of their European modules until they have passed language screening in the fall semester at UNC if required.