Information for International Students

The William Alanson White Institute (WAWI), is approved by the Student and Exchange Visitors Program, (SEVIS), part of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Upon acceptance to our program, our Designated School Officer (Meghana Giridhar, will complete the initial SEVIS forms and issue a signed I-20.

After receiving the Form I-20 from the Institute, the student applies to the United States Consulate or Embassy for the F-1 Visa. Students must enroll and enter the country within 30 days of the program start date. If a student does not report within the 30-day period, their SEVIS record is cancelled.

An F1 student can maintain their status for as long as they continue to be enrolled in a full-time educational program. For questions regarding CPT or OPT status or other questions regarding SEVIS eligibility, please contact Richard Herman,

Applicants need to demonstrate proficiency in spoken English, which will allow them to work with English speaking patients.

Applicants whose undergraduate and/or professional training was done outside of the United States must submit their educational credentials to the:

New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professionals, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Psychoanalytic Unit.
89 Washington Avenue
Albany New York, 12234-1000

WAWI uses no other service for the purpose of certifying equivalence to American degree programs. However, school transcripts in English are required prior to admission to a program.

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