Adjustment to living in the United States
Off Campus Housing:
does not operate any student housing. The International Student Office has a
list of many of the apartment complexes near Moutain View
College, we will be glad to
email you this list upon your request; however, this list
does not represent the endorsement of
According to a collection of
different sources, we have estimated that the average rent for a one-bedroom,
unfurnished apartment ranges from $600 to $900 a month. For two bedrooms, the
average is $800 to $1100, and for three bedrooms, $1100 to $1400 per month.
This does not usually include utilities.
Be prepared to pay deposits for
utility services (electricity, internet access, telephone,
International Student Insurance
ISO Student Health Insurance
Travel and arrival information:
The Student and Exchange
Visitor Program (SEVP), an office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (USICE) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in
cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and the
Department of State, provides an information sheet to assist you in your entry
into the United
Very Important: Please read BEFORE you arrive in the United States.
Nearest Hospital facility:
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
(DART) gets you around 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, HOV lanes and rideshare
Information on our city:
Dear International Student you must
- Maintain a valid passport throughout your stay in the
- Attend the school you are authorized to attend by US Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS). This is the school whose name appears on the I-20
- Be registered as a full-time student (12 credit hours per semester).
You cannot drop below this except under specific circumstances which must be
authorized in advance by the international student advisor at Mountain View College.
- Keep your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 form) valid at
all times and apply for extensions of stay one month before the document
- Keep local and permanent address information current while in the
US. Students on post-completion work
authorization should email address updates directly to the international office
- Complete necessary immigration transfer procedures when changing from
one school to another in the US by consulting the international
student advisor at the new school and informing the international student
advisor at Mountain
View College of your intent to transfer.
- Try to maintain valid health insurance coverage even if not required.
- If you are in F-1 status and intend to engage in Optional Practical
Training (OPT) after the completion
of your program, apply for OPT
prior to your program completion.
- Do one of the following within 60 days of completion or termination
of the program of study:
- Leave the US.
- Change to another immigration status.
- Get a new Certificate of Eligibility for a new school or program and
enroll in the next possible semester (consult the advisor for details).
- Students in
F-1 status must apply for employment authorization before the completion of
You Must Never:
- WORK OFF CAMPUS unless you have
the necessary authorization from the international student advisor (consult the
foreign student advisor for details).
- WORK ON CAMPUS more than 20 hours
per week while school is in session.
- Take a leave of absence, withdraw from classes, or drop below 12
credit hours without receiving advance permission from the Office of
Note that once you have completed or terminated your program, or have
failed to maintain legal student status, you can no longer legally enter the
US with your I-20 or DS-2019 form and
the staff of Mountain
View College can no longer sign those