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International Students Interested In Aviation Degree Programs

International Students Interested In Aviation Degree ProgramsLiving, studying and working in a foreign country permits students to become more independent and cultured, while also fostering their cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills. There are hundreds of colleges, universities and flight schools in the US that offer international students degrees, certificates, ratings or diplomas in aviation. International students can have their pick of which to go to.

Some future college students pick a school based off location, cost and size. But the number one criteria that future college students should base the school of their choice off of is whether or not it has the aviation degree program of their choice. Before even applying to a college or university, make sure that the college or university has the aviation degree programs you want to study. There are many different types of aviation degree programs out there depending on what kind of career you want to have in aviation.

While most pilot positions do not actually require a college degree, airlines prefer to see that applicants have the focus to complete college-level work. A degree in aviation can be obtained at the graduate level, which is a good qualification for researchers and teachers in aviation. An aviation maintenance degree is quite different from a degree that includes flight time, but this can be a good program for people interested in the technical aspects of flight.

Bachelor’s degree programs in aviation can take the form of a bachelor of science or a bachelor of applied science. Some schools offer an associate’s degree, but a bachelor’s degree is preferred. In these types of aviation degree programs, learning how to fly planes is often a major part of the curriculum. Other courses may be taken, but gaining experience and flight time is usually one of the most important parts of the degree. Depending on the program, student loans and financial aid may be available.

Aviation Degree Programs

Before even applying to a college or university, make sure that the college or university has the aviation degree programs you want to study. There are many different types of aviation degree programs out there depending on what kind of career you want to have in aviation.

Applying To College for Degree Programs

Applying to college, career school, or graduate school means more than just filling out forms. For a successful college application, you first need to understand each school’s admission requirements, gather information, meet deadlines, and pay any necessary fees. Plus, each school has different application requirements and deadlines, so it’s important to get organized.

Narrow Your Application Choices

There’s no magic number when it comes to how many school applications you submit. One isn’t enough, because that school might not admit you. More than 10 might be too many because applications take a lot of work and you need to do a great job on each one. Also, most schools have application fees, so costs can add up.
NOTE: Applying to a few schools that really interest you is better than applying to as many as you can.

Consider Applying Early

If you are confident that you are academically prepared and want to get into a particular school, you might want to consider early application programs for undergraduate admissions. When you apply early to a school, you’re speeding up the entire application process. Instead of submitting your application in November or later in your senior year, you usually need to begin the application process in September.

Applying early can sometimes give you an advantage. At some schools, a higher percentage of early applicants are accepted. And if you do get early acceptance, you can skip a couple of months of stress and uncertainty. You also can get a head start preparing for your freshman year. Source

Aviator College Enrollment Guide for International Students
  1. Complete the Online Application & Deposit Form, Your deposit will be held on your student account and will secure your enrollment date.
  2. Submit all required eligibility documentation including, an “official transcripts” translated and certified to be at least the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. You must use one of the following providers listed in http://www.naces.org/members.htm for certificatin of your educational diplomas. Copies of any pilot certificates received, college entrance examination scores (ACT, SAT, CLAST or equivalent), TOFEL scores (if required), a 500 word essay entitled “Why I Want To Be A Pilot” and any material that will help the registrars office determine eligibility for enrollment and transfer credit. Note you may send an unofficial transcript for planning purposes, however the college must have an official transcript on file before the start of classes. You may email, fax or mail these documents. For a list of transcription services see below.
  3. When you recieve the I-20 form from us you will also need to register with SEVIS http://www.fmjfee.com – see their website for details. You will need to fill out the I-901 Form and Payment
  4. Contact your local US Embassy to make an appointment, and ensure you have the required documentation and follow the correct procedure for the visa interview. Read your local US Embassy website extremely carefully!
  5. Contact Admissions at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to coordinate start date and arrival details. FAA Medical & Fingerprints can be completed on arrival at Aviator
  6. Register with the TSA for all courses – http://www.flightschoolcandiates.gov

Information you will need about Aviator for TSA registration:
  1. Training Provider: Ari Ben Aviator, Inc.
  2. You will be a category 03 request with course codes as listed below: (Professional Pilot Program will need all three)
  3. Private Pilots License or (Initial Rating) – 01 Aircraft to be used “Cessna 172”
  4. Multi Engine Rating – 02 Aircraft to be used ” BE-76 Beechcraft Duchess
  5. Instrument Rating – 03 Aircraft to be used ” BE-76 Beechcraft Duchess, Cessna 172, or PA-28 160 Piper Warrior” List all 3 aircraft on the training request.
  6. Pay the TSA a $130 processing fee for each course (Directly to the TSA, credit cards accepted)
  7. If you hold a foreign license and ratings you will also need to complete the FAA foreign license verification process – http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/
Information you will need for the forms:

Section 2 please have your verification letter mailed to:
3800 St. Lucie Boulevard
Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Section 10 ensure you verify all your applicable ratings, night qualification, and medicals
Section 11. Our nearest FSDO address is:
5950 Hazeltine National Drive, Suite #500
Citadel International, Orlando, FL 32822-5023

Enclose copies of your licenses, including ratings page, and medicals, and either fax to +1 (405) 954-9922 or mail to the Federal Aviation Administration
Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082
(Ensure correct postage get it weighed at the post office and tracking is recommended)

Upon arrival in the United States an instructor will guide you through the application process which involves meeting the local FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), who will need to see your foreign licenses, medicals, and passport along with your verification letter. This process currently costs $50.
You will be issued a temporary airman certificate, which will later be replaced by a FAA Pilot Certificate based on your foreign licenses. This certificate will not be valid until a bi-annual flight review has been conducted as part of your check out before flying solo.

F1 VISA Program for Professional Flight Training Program

F1 Visa program is for aspiring International Students who wish to enroll in our Professional Flight Training Program and then stay with us as Flight Instructors to help build their time toward the ATP Rating. (Airline Transportation Pilot Rating, 1500 hours). The Program takes 24 months for completion. Phase one of your training takes approximately nine months to complete. Phase two is the OPT program where you stay on as a flight instructor to build your time towards the 1500 hours. Our Flight Instructors typically flying 70 to 120 hours a month of which approximately half of the hours are multi-engine.

Degree seeking students enrolled in the College will complete twelve months of instruction, 8 months of CPT (Internship), and then be offered an opportunity to stay on as an instructor in the F1 OPT Visa program.


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