My application to OTC has been accepted. Now what?

What should you do after acceptance and before arrival? After OTC has accepted you as an international student, there are still several important steps you will need to take before arriving in the U.S. Use the checklist below to ensure that you are ready!

Please review your Certificate of Eligibility, also known as the I-20 form, to be sure that all information is correct and up to date.

The U.S. government requires the payment of a non-refundable $350 SEVIS fee for all international students before issuing a visa. The two methods of payment include:

(1) electronically completing a Form I-901 obtained from website, using a credit card and

(2) through the mail by submitting the Form I-901 with a check or money order drawn on a US bank and payable in US currency. Go to for more information concerning SEVIS.

Prospective students must submit the fee at least three business days before the scheduled visa interview either electronically or by mail to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security address listed on the Form I-901. Students should bring a paper receipt (Form I-797) with them to the visa interview.

You should apply for a student visa at the US Embassy or Consulate that represents your country.

*OTC does not have a student health center

Medical Insurance is mandatory for all F1 and M1 international students attending OTC. We recommend using the pre-approved insurance plan available to OTC students. While you are here, you will need to have year-round insurance coverage. Proof of insurance (which must include full medical, repatriation, and evacuation services) through the end of the upcoming semester is required to be eligible to register for classes. We recommend having your insurance coverage begin on the date you travel to the United States. You can access the International Student Health Insurance brochure here. If you have questions about the medical insurance plan for international students, please reach out to use at

To pay for your health insurance, please click here.

To see information regarding Springfield area hospitals, click here.

A negative TB test obtained within the United States must be on file with OTC before OTC will authorize you to enroll in classes. TB skin tests are valid for exactly 12 months. TB chest X-rays are valid for five years. If expired, you must retest before enrolling. Bring your immunization records with you to OTC.

Review all of the Port of Entry to the U.S. Information Available Here

OTC is does not have dorms, so it is your responsibility to make housing arrangements either before or after you arrive in Springfield.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of apartments and living accommodations in the Springfield community. The following websites might be helpful in your search for housing:

Make your Travel Arrangements

You will need to arrange your own flight and transportation to OTC. Be sure to arrive in time for International Student Orientation. Please refer to the communication from the International Programs Office (IPO) at OTC to verify the date(s) for the International Student Orientation.

Find out More about Springfield

There’s lots to love about our town. You can learn more about Springfield history, shopping, dining and more on the city’s website.

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You can also find information on living in Springfield in OTC’s International Student Welcome Guide.