International Graduate Student Bridge Program Studying in a foreign country can be both challenging and exciting. International students often experience a period of cultural adjustment when they first arrive to the United States and Johns Hopkins University. The Graduate Affairs and Admissions Office in collaboration with various offices on the campus launched the International Graduate Student Bridge Program to better support this transition process for new international graduate students. 1. Student Visa Information The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OIS) assists all international students who have been accepted for full-time graduate study. Upon admission to the University international graduate students will be contacted by OIS to verify that they have adequate financial resources to meet the costs of living and graduate study in the United States. Following this verification and a review of the graduate student’s application for proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS score), international students will be sent the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility. International graduate students will also receive instructions for filing a visa application, and general information to prepare them for study in the United States. For more details please visit, this link. 2. Finances Financial aid for graduate study is very limited. Awards may made on the basis of academic achievement. Qualified international graduate students may apply for departmental support. However, they are not eligible for federal and state government funds used to provide scholarships or loans. A graduate student must be prepared to make arrangements for all possible financial needs before leaving his/her country, and should not count on obtaining scholarships, fellowships, employment, or other financial assistance after arrival in the United States. 3. Preparing for Departure There are a lot of valuable resources available to help you prepare for your arrival and success at JHU. Below are some links that provide information regarding on-site pre-departure orientations, US visa information, travel tips and resources to improve your English prior to arrival. Education USA Pre-Departure Info China NAFSA Education USA Student Orientations