Applying to BYU-Idaho

International students that want to attend BYU-I can find information about how to apply online through  Admissions. Questions about applying and admission to BYU-I should be directed to the Admissions office.

Admissions E-mail Address -  admissions@byui.edu
Admissions Phone Number - (208) 496-1411

Pre-Arrival Guide for New International Students

  1. Apply to BYU-Idaho. Before beginning your I-20 application you must first be accepted to BYU-I.
  2. Apply for an I-20. Log on to Sunapsis and fill out the Application for Form I-20. You must provide a copy of your passport, proof of financial support, and pay the international deposit.
  3. Apply for a U.S. visa. Before making travel arrangements you must apply for a student visa with a U.S. embassy near you.
  4. Search for housing. Once you have received your visa, begin searching for appropriate housing.
  5. Understand regulations. Learn about basic immigration regulations in order to maintain your status while studying in the U.S.
  6. Register for classes. You are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits. It is important to register early in order to enroll in the classes you need.
  7. Find the best way for you to travel to campus and book your travel!

Congratulations! We are looking forward to meeting you!
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Form I-20

After international students (transfer students included) have been admitted to BYU-Idaho, received a track assignment, and accepted their offer, they can begin their application for Form I-20. 

The Form I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status issued to F-1 international students who have been accepted into a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school. This form is issued by International Services at BYU-Idaho from a Designated School Official (DSO). 

Students must also obtain a Form I-20 for any eligible dependents (spouse or children) they plan to bring to the U.S. F-1 students must be issued an I-20 before scheduling a visa interview. The Form I-20 is required for international students to obtain a student visa, to enter the U.S., and to study in the U.S. The Form I-20 establishes that a student meets the criteria for non-immigrant student status. See the I-20 Application Process page for more information about the I-20.