International Students

International Students

Preparing to Attend BYU-Idaho

U.S. immigration law requires that international students provide proof of their ability to pay for college before BYU-Idaho can issue an I-20 form (students will need an I-20 to apply for a non-immigrant student visa and enter the United States). Students are responsible for documenting their own funding
- this can be completed by filling out the BYU-Idaho Admissions application.

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For additional resources and information about attending BYU-Idaho as an international student, contact the International Services Office (Kimball 120).

Financial Resources

International students are often faced with financial challenges while attending school; however, with some advanced planning and hard work, most students should be able to provide for most if not all of their school expenses. We have listed some potential sources of support below.


Consider part-time employment as a possible resource to pay for college education. Employment opportunities are available on and off campus. BYU-Idaho endeavors to equally consider and fairly employ international students. Visit the Human Resource office Student Employment page for employment opportunities.

Practical Training

Another option available to international students, after they have finished their first school year, is practical training. This comes in two types: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). To be considered for either option, or to find answers to your questions students will need to apply through the International Services Office (Kimball 120).

  • CPT allows students to find jobs off campus that are related to their major to gain practical experience. This is often used to authorize students for an internship or other academic program, but it also allows students to work off-campus and earn money while gaining experience in their major field of study.
  • OPT is mainly used after a student's graduation, but can be used before you complete your program of study
Financial Aid Options

There are limited financial aid options available to international students at BYU-Idaho. The two primary sources of available financial assistance are University Aid and Outside Aid. The available options for University Aid and Outside Aid are available through the Scholarship pages for the respective classification of the students.

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