International Students

St. John’s College is committed to building a multicultural community where all Johnnies learn from their peers’ backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

We’re here to provide information and assistance to prospective and current international students in dealing with federal immigration regulations as well as to support them academically, culturally, and personally. We encourage you to contact the many offices around campus, but when in doubt, our Student Support Coordinator is dedicated to accompanying our international students throughout their time at St. John’s College.

Thinking about applying to St. John’s? Visit our Prospective International Student page or contact an admissions counselor at admissions(at)


Pritzker Promise Bridge Program

New international students are invited and encouraged to participate in the Pritzker Promise Bridge Program in August before the general New Student Orientation. It’s a chance to connect socially with other international students, learn about campus resources, dive into the academic experience, and meet representatives from campus offices. The Bridge Program includes a campus tour and information about the U.S. academic system, health and counseling centers, athletic center, dining hall, and support offices.

International Student Association

The International Student Association is a student group led by international students, dedicated to building multicultural community and promoting cultural awareness and competency on campus.

Immigration Regulations and Laws Assistance

We familiarize international students with immigration, employment, and tax obligations at orientation and throughout the year. If you have any questions on these topics, please contact the Executive Director of Campus Health and Wellness, as acting outside the confines of the immigration regulations can result in serious legal consequences.


St. John’s provides part-time student employment opportunities during the academic year and during the summer break. Summer work off-campus related to your interests or career aspirations is also an option. The International Work Study program is awarded to qualifying international students who apply for financial aid by the priority deadline of February 1.

The work-study award shown on the aid notice represents the maximum a student may earn under the program. Students may work up to 10 hours per week during the academic year. Work-study funds are limited and some students may be placed on a work-study wait list.

If you have been offered a job in the U.S, you must first obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) through the United States Social Security Administration. Please contact the Student Support Coordinator to begin the process. In order to apply for a SSN you will need the following documents:

  • Your official letter of hire
  • Form SS-5
  • Form I-20
  • Passport and F1 Visa page
  • I-94

Additional Resources

The International Student Handbook contains information on:

  • Health Care
  • Visa Information
  • Where to go for support on campus
  • Frequently Asked Questions for International Students
  • General Immigration Information
  • Maintaining F-1 Status
  • Social Security
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee Information – updated June 2019
  • International Student Association

Graduating International Students

As seniors finish their senior orals and prepare for life after St. John’s College, our Student Support Coordinator and Executive Director of Campus Health and Wellness can assist with navigating changes to visa status as well as Optional Practical Training (OPT).