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Universidad CEU San Pablo Students

in Clinical Trials, International Political Economy, and Business of Biotechnology

Universidad CEU San Pablo Students in Clinical Trials, International Political Economy, and Business of Biotechnology

Move-In Day: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Language Requirement: TOEFL 104 or IELTS 7
Coordinator: Mario McHarris
Program Dates: September 17 – December 9, 2017
Quarter: Autumn
Status: Full-time student
Accomodation: The Flats

Students in the certificate programs in Clinical Trials, International Political Economy, and the Business of Biotechnology will find the University of Chicago to be an interdisciplinary community of scholars that takes ideas seriously. Working closely with faculty at the forefront of their fields, students will be pushed to expand their capacities for research and analysis. They will be aided in these pursuits through access to the breadth of the University of Chicago’s robust interdisciplinary scene of centers and institutes, focused on global issues. Welcome to the University of Chicago! 



Students travelling to Chicago will need an F-1 student visa. Plan to complete the visa process in the following order:


  1. I-20: The document showing you are eligible to apply for an F-1 student visa. To qualify for an I-20, you will need to provide the following documentation to the Graham School: 
    • Your TOEFL score should be uploaded to the Slate application system 6 months before travelling to the U.S.
    • A copy of the personal photo and information page in your passport.
    • Proof of sufficient funds, in the form of a completed Financial Resources Statement (FRS) and financial documentation to prove the funding stated in your FRS. You will be notified when the FRS is available.
    • After we receive these materials from your academic unit, it will take 10-14 business days for the University of Chicago Office of International Affairs to review your application and create your I-20.
    • The Graham School will FedEx the I-20s to CEU program directors along with individual letters of admission to the program.


  1. SEVIS (I-901): Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee, paid to the Department of Homeland Security.
    • Your SEVIS ID number will be displayed on your I-20.
    • Go online to https://www.fmjfee.com/# to pay the SEVIS fee.
    • You must pay the fee before applying for your F-1 visa.


  1. DS-160: The online nonimmigrant visa application.
    • When you have your I-20 and have paid your SEVIS fee, you can apply online for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv
    • You should allow approximately an hour and a half of uninterrupted time for this step of the application process. You will need a laptop, a reliable WiFi connection, and a passport-style photo.
    • The DS-160 application form contains several sections; it is important that you save your progress often.

      Section Tips

      Travel: select the following:

      • Purpose of trip to the U.S: Academic or Language Student
      • Specify: Student (F1)
      • Intended Length of stay: 4-5 months
      • Location of stay in U.S: 1427 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
      • Person/Entity Paying for Your Trip: Company/Organization
      • Name of Company/Organization: CEU Universidad San Pablo

      US Point of Contact Information:

      • Contact Person: Mario McHarris
      • Organization Name: University of Chicago
      • Relationship to You: School Official
      • Address: 1427 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637
      • Phone Number: 773-795-2915
      • Email Address: mmcharri@uchicago.edu

      Work/Education/Training Information:

      • Primary Occupation: Student

      SEVIS Information:

      • SEVIS ID: Displayed on your I-20.
      • Name of School: University of Chicago
      • Course of Study: IPE, Clinical Trials, or Business of Biotechnology
      • Street Address: 1427 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637
  1. U.S. Consulate Appointment
  • Attend your U.S. consulate appointment with the following documents:
    • Valid passport (6 months validity beyond the scheduled date of return)
    • DS-160 confirmation page
    • Color passport photo (see specific requirements https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html)
    • I-20 original form
    • SEVIS (I-901) fee payment receipt
    • Program admissions letter from the University of Chicago.


  • Request official transcripts from your home university. To ensure authenticity, make sure you receive them in a sealed envelope with the Registrar’s office (or equivalent) stamp across the seal.
  • Complete immunization form and obtain doctor’s signature. Bring your completed and signed immunization forms with you to Chicago. Before leaving for Chicago, scan and upload the documents to your email account, and also save the documents on a flash drive. Students will not be able to register without submitting a signed immunization form.


  • Travel to U.S. no more than 30 days before September 18, 2017.  Plan to arrive the day of Sunday, September 17. Please book your tickets round trip to O’Hare International Airport.
  • To enter the U.S. you will need to present the following documents immediately upon arrival. Be prepared to present the documents upon exiting the plane.
  • Passport
  • Visa Stamp (if applicable)
  • SEVIS Form 1-20 (F-1)
  • SEVIS Fee receipt

Packing Tips

What to Bring?

What Not to Bring?

Any medication, prescription and non-prescription, which you may need.




Laptop and Electrical Converters


Phone and Charger


Clothing Appropriate for the Different Seasons (see chart below for average temperatures)


Comfortable Walking Shoes



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