Lyndon Institute
An independent day and boarding school for grades 9 - 12 located in northeastern Vermont

International Boarding Students

Apply:
You can download our application or request an electronic copy of our application by contacting the Director of Admissions, Tiaan van der Linde, at tiaan.vanderlinde@lyndoninstitute.org. Submit your completed application to:

Admissions Office
Lyndon Institute
P.O. Box 127
Lyndon Center, VT 05850 U.S.A.

Be sure to include the following in your application package:
  • Completed Application
  • Transcripts
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Student Essay
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Financial Statement
Please allow 3 weeks for the Admissions Committee to reach a decision regarding your application.

Decision:
Once you have been accepted we will email you the following acceptance documents:
  • Acceptance Letter (copy)
  • Tuition & Fees Statement
  • Enrollment Contract
Deposit:
Return deposit (payable by check, credit card or wire transfer), signed Tuition & Fee Statement, and completed Enrollment Contract to Lyndon Institute at:

Admissions Office
Lyndon Institute
P.O. Box 127
Lyndon Center, VT 05850 U.S.A.

Information Packet:
Once Lyndon Institute has received your signed enrollment contract and deposit we will send:

  • Acceptance letter (original - may be necessary when applying for student visa)
  • Form I-20
  • Signed contract (copy)
  • Information packet: academic schedule, important dates, vacation/travel information
Form I-20:
You must use the Form I-20 provided by Lyndon Institute to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for the correct student visa. Be sure to check your Form I-20 against your passport information to make sure your name and date of birth (DOB) are spelled and listed correctly.  If any of this information is incorrect, you should notify the Lyndon Institute Admissions office and a corrected Form I-20 will be issued to you.  The SEVIS  I-901 fee is a requirement for all students seeking to enter the United States under F visas (Lyndon Institute students are issued F1 visas).

For more information regarding visas please visit travel.state.gov.

Visa:
After being accepted by Lyndon Institute and getting a receipt for payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee, you can apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or consulate. The following information is to serve as a guide, however, you should check the U.S. Department of State's website for the most current information.
 
Students should note that the student visa can be issued by the U.S. Embassy or consulate 120 days or less in advance of the date you will attend Lyndon Institute. You may apply more than 120 days in advance of your start date but the issuing agency will hold your visa until it is able to issue it to you.
 
Students should also note that the Department of Homeland Security regulations prohibit students coming to the United States for their initial time from entering any earlier than 30 days before their start date.  This is important when making travel arrangements.
 
An interview is part of the application process for obtaining a student visa. Early application is encouraged as the waiting time for interviews can vary.
 
The required documents that must be submitted in order to be issued a student visa are:
  • Form I-20
  • DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application
  • Passport (valid for 6 months beyond your expected stay)
  • One (1) 2”x2” photograph
  • Receipt to prove payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee
 
All applicants should also be prepared to provide your Lyndon Institute Acceptance Package, containing:
  • Transcripts
  • Scores from standardized tests such as TOEFL
  • Financial evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of tuition
  • Letter of Acceptance from Lyndon Institute
Medical Forms:
While waiting for your student visa to be issued this is a good time to complete and return all of the documents required by Lyndon Institute.  The forms include the Medical Release Form and the Medical Information and Parental Permission for Athletes Form. You may download all the forms here.

Travel Arrangements:
Once you have made your travel arrangements you should submit your arrival information to our International Student Coordinator, Sara O'Connor, at sara.oconnor@lyndoninstitute.org.  Airport pick-ups and departures scheduled within the dates and times noted in the information pack are included in the fees.  Any travel scheduled outside of dates and times noted in the information pack may result in additional travel charges.

Travel:
Before you depart for the United States, you should familiarize yourself with your important travel documents.  You should also make a minimum of two copies of each of these documents: one to give to Lyndon Institute Admissions Office and one to leave with your family.  These documents should always be on your person, do not pack them into a checked bag. Here is a list of the vital documents:
  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • Visa
  • Lyndon Institute Phone Numbers (last page in your Information packet)
It is also good practice to travel with the following documents:
  • Financial statement
  • SEVIS I-901 receipt
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Any other documents necessary for issuance of visa
 
You will receive a Form I-94 onboard your flight entering the United States. This document will be stamped at entry and proves that you entered the United States legally. It also states how long you can legally remain in the United States. It is very important to present your I-94 to the Lyndon Institute Admissions Office upon your arrival so Lyndon Institute can have a copy on file.

Welcome:
With the proper planning, your arrival should go smoothly.  If there is a problem along the way make sure to contact Lyndon Institute immediately so we can help you.  It has been a lengthy process but now you can relax and enjoy being a student at Lyndon Institute!

Contact

Lyndon Institute
168 Institute Circle
P.O. Box 127
Lyndon Center, VT  05850
844-277-1645 (toll-free)
802-535-3636 (local)
info@lyndoninstitute.org
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