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How to ApplyAll students attending programs at the International Dance School / Peridance Center must be in active F-1 status at the time of study in order to be enrolled in one of our programs. If you do not currently have a valid F-1 visa and you are outside of the United States, you will need to obtain a new F-1 visa in order to enter the United States and study in one of our programs. For more information on F-1 visas and study, please visit the FAQs section of our website here.
Note that if you are applying for the Certificate Program, you must audition for, and be accepted into the program before starting the process described below.
Students who are extending their current studies at Peridance do not need to complete the below steps again and should instead complete the Program Extension Form here.
STEP 1:Fill out the International Student Application registration form by clicking here. This form will ask you to fill out some basic information about yourself and will require you to pay a $350 non-refundable registration fee. This fee is not a deposit and is not included in the tuition costs listed in the Peridance tuition table here. Once your International Student Application registration form and registration fee payment have been completed, you will automatically receive the ISP Admissions Package.*
STEP 2:Complete the ISP Admission Package. Submitting the ISP Admissions Package will involve uploading a number of documents necessary to process your application including a color copy of your valid passport, a one page essay describing why you would like to study at Peridance, a medical form to be completed by a licensed medical doctor, and information regarding your scholarship (if you have been offered one). Certificate Program applicants will also be required to submit two letters of recommendation, a resume/CV, and proof that they completed a high school degree, or equivalent high school-level program. If you are a transfer student, you will need to upload a copy of your current I-20, and a color copy of your F-1 visa.
All students are required to demonstrate proof of funds from a financial sponsor (or multiple financial sponsors). Ideally, the best financial sponsors are close family members. Financial sponsors must submit a financial affidavit, as well as two types of financial evidence from the list provided on the form. Financial sponsors must be able to demonstrate enough funds to cover the full costs of the student’s intended program as listed under “TOTAL” in the tuition chart here. All financial documents that are not originally in English must be accompanied by a professional English translation.
When submitting the form, you will be asked to pay a minimum of half of your tuition balance (except for students enrolling in the 3-Month Independent Study Program course who must pay their full tuition amount when submitting the ISP Admissions Package). Payment can be made either by card, check, or wire transfer.** For check and wire transfer payments, please refer to the payment instructions on the form. We recommend that students submit their ISP Admissions Package and minimum tuition payment no later than three months prior to their intended start date. For more information on visa processing times during COVID, please see the FAQs page here.
For more information on the international student cancellation/refund policy, please see below.***
STEP 3:New Students
Once your ISP Admissions Package has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an Acceptance Packet (containing your letter of acceptance and information on the visa application process) and your initial I-20 document. Both will be sent to you at the official email address listed in your application. Please make sure that you check your email regularly to ensure that you receive these important documents.
Once your ISP Admissions Package has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an Acceptance Packet containing your letter of acceptance and an F-1 Transfer Form to be completed by you and your school’s DSO. This form must be returned to the International Office at email@example.com. The Acceptance Packet will be sent to you at the official email address listed in your application. Please make sure that you check your email regularly to ensure that you receive this important document.
STEP 4:New Students
After receiving your I-20 document, you will need to go to the I-901 Fee, Department of Homeland Security website here and pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee using your SEVIS ID number found in the top left-hand corner of your I-20 (remember to print a copy of your receipt). When you are ready, you will then proceed to the next step in the F-1 visa application process, which will include completing a DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form, scheduling an F-1 visa interview appointment at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and paying the applicable visa application fees. Please note that, as is the case with the $350 non-refundable Peridance registration fee, the I-901 SEVIS Fee and any applicable visa application fees paid to the U.S. government are not included in the tuition costs listed on Peridance’s website here.
General information on the student visa process can be found on the U.S. Department of State website here. It is advised that you do not make definitive travel arrangements until your F-1 visa has been approved, as F-1 visa approval is not guaranteed. If your F-1 visa is approved, you will be permitted to enter the United States up to 30 days prior to your program start date. It is up to the student to make sure that they are admitted in F-1 visa status when entering the country, and not in another nonimmigrant status such as B-2.
After your DSO has released your record to the International Dance School/Peridance Center, we will have access to your SEVIS record and can then issue you a transfer I-20.
* If you do not receive the ISP Admissions Package after submitting your International Student Application registration form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that your application has been received.
** Please note that credit card payments carry an additional fee of 4% and wire transfers carry an additional fee of $30.
*** Please be advised that no refund will be issued unless you have been denied an F-1 Visa by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at which you applied. Peridance must receive official documentation of this denial and your initial I-20 document before a refund will be issued. The registration fee of $350 and any applicable credit card, wire transfer, or other fees paid, are non-refundable.
If a refund is due, payment will be made by check only and will be addressed to the original party that made the initial tuition payment, minus a 10% administrative processing fee and any other fees incurred (shipping, credit card etc.). Absolutely no refund will be given for any other reason once the student has entered the United States of America or, in the case of transfer students, after the start date written on the I-20 document. For students who have been admitted with reduced or waived application fees, the amount of the registration fee ($350.00) will be deducted from the amount of tuition already paid before a refund is issued.