page is designed to cover the most frequently asked questions. However, there
are always questions that are not covered or that need further clarification.
In this case, we strongly recommend that you contact your Academic Advisor for
Q. As a new/prospective student,
what documents must I submit to the office?
In order for
the Cultural Office to begin work on a new or prospective student's case/file,
the office must have the following (for more information you can e-mail Reggie
De La Cruz:
- An official decree/correspondence from a sponsoring
agency indicating a student's name, classification, and intended program of study
- Documents required for a student's file:
- Official transcripts (high school, post-secondary, certificates
of training, etc..)
- Official test scores: TOEFL, SAT, GRE/ GMAT.
documents: copy of passport, birth certificate.
- Medical records
statements, essay, letters of recommendation (if required)
sponsored students must have a financial deposit decree from the Ministry of Higher
Education in their file.
there limits on how many times I can take the TOEFL test?
You have to take the TOEFL test within your first term of Intensive English.
You are expected to earn a score of 500 or better since this is the minimum score
required by most universities' academic admissions standards. Keep your scores,
cancelled checks or other receipts as proof of payment for reimbursement (reimbursement
is allowed up to five times).
Q. How do I know
which school and program I should apply to?
The Ministry of Higher Education has information that
will help you decide which school you should apply to. If you are
applying for Intensive English, you are expected to enroll at a
university that also offers your assigned field of study (major)
and that is on the list of universities approved by the Ministry.
It is best to refer to the information provided by the Ministry
before applying to any institution. You may also refer to our List
of Approved Universities.
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How long does it take to make an admission decision?
Once an application has been submitted to a school, it takes about 3 to 8 weeks
for an Intensive English Program admission and a minimum of 3 to 6 months for
an Academic Program admission. Please note that this time frame is based on the
fact that a student has completed all documents and application requirements.¬†Any
missing documents will delay the application process.
Q. I have received my admission package
from my university. What should I do next?
The I-20 form should
be taken to the American Embassy to obtain a student visa. Also included in every
admission package is information about campus arrival, housing, and accepting
your admission. Documents such as housing contracts and admission contracts may
also be included. If it is required by the school, these documents should be filled
out and returned immediately to the school to avoid missing any deadlines.
Q. When should I arrive in the U.S.?
It is recommended that students first come to the Embassy of Kuwait in Washington,
D.C. for orientation and registration two weeks before a school's starting date.
Embassy orientation takes about 1 to 2 days.
Q. Can I enroll in
any school once I come to the U.S.
To avoid immigration
problems, you must attend the school whose I-20 you used to enter the United States.
Also, do not change schools or majors without the permission of the Cultural Office.
Q. I have arrived in the U.S. directly
at my school. What should I do now?
You should contact the embassy
and provide the following information in order to be registered and receive orientation
information, salaries, health insurance, etc.:
- Copy of your passport
of your I-20
- Copy of your I-94
- Official letter of enrollment from
- Three ID-sized photos
- Permanent (Kuwait) and U.S.
addresses, email address and phone numbers
- Copy of voided check
Q. What should I send to
my academic advisor and when?
to have your home school send your official Fall transcript to the Embassy.
your Verification of Enrollment Form
for Winter or Spring, including a list of courses for the term (form must be signed
and stamped by the Registrar's office).
to have your home school send your official Spring transcript to the Embassy.
- Send your Verification of
Enrollment Form for Summer, including a list of courses for the term (form
must be signed and stamped by the Registrar's office).
- Fill out and
send your Ticket/Summer
Salaries Form. Form must by signed & stamped by the Registrar's
- Request to have your home school
send the Spring (if it has not already been sent) and/or Summer official transcript
to be sent to the Embassy.
- Send your Verification
of Enrollment Form for Fall, including a list of courses for the term
(form must be signed and stamped by the Registrar's office).
- Study Plan - is required by the
end of the second term for students enrolled in a four-year school/university.
Also see the Study
Plan Form in the Rules and Regulations Section.
Q. Can I change my major during
the course of my scholarship?
Requests for a change of
major must be done in writing and supported by relevant documents (request letter
should include the reason for the change, a study plan, transcripts, etc.). This
is a one-time request only. Also
see: Changes of Major in the Rules and Regulations Section.
Q. Is summer registration required?
Summer registration is optional if a student has completed 30 semester/45
quarter credits during the regular school year. Also
see: Summer Credits in the Rules and Regulations Section.
I take independent studies or on-line (Internet) courses?
In accordance with Ministry correspondence WTA/10/R/12522, dated July 31, 2000,
students are allowed to take a maximum of two courses through independent study,
on-line (Internet) format or a combination of both provided the following conditions
are met: Prior to enrollment in these courses, students must provide a comprehensive
description of the courses and the format in which they are offered by the university
Also, the credits earned from the on-line (Internet) or independent study courses
must be accepted by the student's home school. On-line (Internet) courses
may be earned at any university that is on the list of approved universities.
Independent study courses must be earned at the student's home school.
In both the case of independent study and on-line (Internet) courses, students
must have the written consent of this office prior to enrollment in these courses.
Correspondence study is not allowed. Exception: You are NOT allowed
to take English or Mathematics courses through on-line (Internet) or independent
I register for courses during the same term but in two different schools?
Concurrent registration, or registration at two different schools for the same
term, is not allowed. Also see: Concurrent
Registration in the Rules and Regulations Section.
Q. Can I attend a
community college and, if so, for how long?
allowable period of study in a community college is two years for supervised special
scholarship students. However Ministry of Higher Educationsponsored
students are NEVER ALLOWED to attend a community college.
Q. What is
the minimum number of credits I need to take each term?
You are expected to register for and complete at least 12 credit hours per term.
Also see: Required Credit in the Rules and
Q. What is the minimum GPA
I need to maintain?
You are expected to maintain at least
a 2.0 average (based on a 4.0 scale). A GPA below 2.0 will warrant an academic
warning letter. Accumulating 3 consecutive or 4 non-consecutive warning
letters is grounds for suspension/dismissal.
I drop a course after the drop/add period and refund date?
To answer this, consider the following:
Also see: Dropping
Courses in the Rules and Regulations Section.
- The number of credits that will
be earned after the courses are dropped. Remember that you are required to maintain
an enrollment of 12 credits per semester or 12 credits per quarter. Also
see: Required Credit in the Rules and Regulations Section.
- The total number
of credit hours that will be earned at the end of the academic year. Remember
that regulations require the completion of 30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits
per academic year . Also see: Required Credit
in the Rules and Regulations Section.
- The financial penalty (if it applies).
See: Deduction in the Rules and Regulations
independent study or special topics approved?
A total of
two courses (6-8 credits) for any combination of Internet, Independent study,
and Special Topics courses over the entire undergraduate study of the student
provided that the following requirements are met:
- All Internet and
independent study courses must be approved by this office before the student
enrolls in the course.
- Internet courses may be taken at any university
approved by the office.
- As before, independent study courses may only
be earned at the student's home university.
- All requests for Internet
or independent study courses must be accompanied by a letter from the student's
home university describing the courses.
Exception: You are
not allowed to take English or Mathematics courses through the Internet or independent
Q. I'm a private, unsupervised student.
How do I certify my degree/transcript upon graduation?
The requirements for transcript certification for private, unsupervised
student are as follows:
- All transcripts must be official; i.e., they must bear the
official seal of the university and must be received directly
from the university. Under no circumstances will transcripts be
certified if they are hand-carried or mailed by the student. You
may send the Transcript Release Request
Form to the Registrar's Office of your college or university
to authorize the release of your transcript to this office.
Click here to print the Transcript
The final/official transcript must have the degree posted on the transcript.
- Official transcripts are required for all colleges and universities
attended. The certification will not be done until official transcripts are received
from all colleges and universities for which transfer credits were awarded towards
the students degree.
- Certification will only be done for students
enrolled in recommended colleges, universities.
- Colleges and universities
should mail all transcripts to the following address:
Embassy of the State of Kuwait Cultural Division
3500 International Drive, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20008
Q. I lost my health insurance card.
What should I do?
Contact the Health Office immediately
at (202) 686-4304. The Health Office is responsible for all health insurance related
Q. My passport has expired? What should I do?
First, inform your Academic Advisor at the Cultural Office. Then contact the main
Embassy at 202-966-0702 for instructions on renewing your passport.
Q. Can I claim an allowance
for my dependent(s) if he/she is not present with me in the U.S.?
Students can only be eligible for an allowance for their dependent(s)
if he/she is present with you in the U.S. (You should send a copy of your dependent's(')
I-94 to your Academic Advisor once he/she/they enter the U.S.). Any allowance
claimed for a dependent not present in the U.S. will be subject to salary deduction.
Q. I did not
receive my salary or I need a check replacement? What should I do?
First, you should contact your Embassy Advisor to find out if there was a hold
on your check for any reason. Second, please be aware that all address changes
must be reported to your Embassy Advisor no later than the 15th of the month.
In addition, it is advisable that you file an Address Forwarding Form with your
local post office. It usually takes longer to receive your mail if forwarded by
the post office. Therefore, you should always inform your Embassy Advisor of any
changes in your address. Third, please note that no replacement check
will be issued until the first of the month it is due (i.e., March salary will
be replaced on or after March 1st).
Q. Are Co-op / Internship credits counted
towards summer salaries and tickets?
Students must provide
a letter from the university listing the equivalent semester/quarter credits recognized
for the Co-op/Internship program.