If you are intending to study abroad and will be staying for a certain period of time, you will need to look into applying for a visa. In your case, it is likely going to be a student visa. But what are the requirements, and do you actually qualify?
FindLaw takes a look at the requirements for a non-immigrant student visa, which can be used by people who intend to attend some type of school. This can include being a university student, an academic high school student, being enrolled in a conservatory, or joining other forms of educational institutions or language training programs.
In order to be eligible for a student visa, you must first be able to show proof of three things. First of all, you must show proof of acceptance into the educational program in question. You cannot apply for a visa if you have not yet been accepted, even if you think acceptance is likely.
Next, you need to prove that you have taken the preparation steps necessary to apply for the course or college in question. You also need to show a proficiency in the English language, unless the purpose of your educational visit is to attend a language school and improve your linguistic capabilities.
Finally, you must prove that you have the financial resources necessary to fund your trip. This includes all educational and living expenses. You must also be able to show that you have the funds at the time of the application, and not just that you will have it eventually or in the future.