Adjustment to living in the United States
Off Campus Housing:
Mountain View Collegedoes 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 these accommodations.
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, etc.).
International Students Insurance:
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 States.
Please read BEFORE you arrive in the United States.
Texas Driver’s License/Texas State ID Information
Information regarding a Texas Driver's License/Texas State ID (PDF - 292 KB)
Nearest Hospital facility:
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, HOV lanes and rideshare services.
Information on our city:
Dear International Student you must always:
Maintain a valid passport throughout your stay in the US.
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 or DS-2019.
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 expires.
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 their program.
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 International Students.
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 forms.