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What To Know About Flight Training Degree For International Students

What To Know About Flight Training Degree For International StudentsChoosing a flight training school or college is a process that requires a thorough research. After looking at a variety of brochures and websites, they all start to look the same. It becomes difficult to separate good a flight school from those who are simply good at selling themselves.

Besides the obvious items such as location, type of flight training aircraft, and availability of student loans, there are many other items to consider when selecting your flight school. Often these items are not in the brochures aviation flight training colleges send out to you.

Regardless of which aviation flight training college you choose, you still will leave with the required FAA certificates for your career in aviation. That’s assuming that the flight school uses a structured syllabus, you apply yourself and never forget your part of that equation. However, choosing a good flight school can make your flight training experience enjoyable, as opposed to a tedious task.

Review List To Select Aviation School for your Flight Training
  • Size of your classes
  • A list of charges not included in the package price – and there always are items like this. That’s normal, because not everyone learns at the same rate.
  • Average age and experience of the educational team.
  • The general weather conditions in the area. This means you should watch for words like “365 days of sunshine.” Is the weather comfortable to learn in and how much time each day is really flyable?
  • Are you paying for flying time only, and if not what are the other costs that will impact the total expense and speed at which you complete your training?
  • Many career schools claim to have connections with an airline or even several airlines. This is something that often is not valuable to you.
  • The airline industry is in a state of constant change – it is nearly impossible to tell who will be hiring when you are done with your education and finished building your flight experience.
  • Be careful of the guaranteed interview, and never pick a school for the so-called guaranteed job. This may not be a wise investment of your money; it may just be a marketing effort by the school. Be sure to ask how many students got interviews, jobs and how long it took them to get hired.

There are over 300 two- and four-year colleges with aviation programs and aviation schools in the United States and world-wide that offer various aviation programs (including non-engineering programs) to students interested in pursuing a career in aviation. Many of the aviation programs will allow you to either earn an aviation diploma, certificate or rating, aviation degree, an Associates and/or Bachelors degree (which is dependent on the type of school and their aviation programs).

The process of preparing and applying to an aviation college can be an intimidating and confusing process. This is why it is very important to learn as much as you can about the basics of preparing and applying for college. The more you know about your options and the application process; you can make an informed decision about your educational and aviation career goals.

Why an Aviation School or Aviation College?

Aviation schools and aviation colleges provide the best learning and training environments for students to succeed and prepare for a career in aviation. You may already be aware of the many benefits of going to college such as better paying jobs, access to a wider range of career choices, and exposure to a wide range of people and cultures. Going to an aviation school or aviation college also has many benefits.

An aviation school or aviation college will allow you to:

  1. Gain greater knowledge and expand your skills in a specific aviation career field.
  2. Earn an aviation degree, an associate’s degree, and/or bachelor’s degree in an aviation program.
  3. Access a wide range of aviation resources and tools to help you with your aviation career.
  4. Participate in various aviation internship programs.
  5. Increase your chances of networking with aviation employers to gain employment. Source
F1 Visa Requirements For International Students

If you are planning to come to the U.S. for the Aeronautical Science Degree Program (including flight training), you must enter on a Student Visa.

To be eligible for an F1 visa, foreign students must possess all of the following:

  • An offer of study from an approved educational institution in America
  • Intent to travel to America for the purpose of enrollment in a full course of study (as certified by the academic institution in postgraduate or postdoctoral level study or at least 12 semester hours on the university level or equivalent)
  • A valid passport
  • Ability to prove they have sufficient funds to pay for tuition and costs for the duration of the program, although in certain circumstances the student may be given permission to work
  • Fluency in English or enrolled in an immersion course or other course that will lead to proficiency
  • Intent to return to their country of abode after expiration of the visa

Although the F1 Student Visa for the USA does not have an insurance requirement as part of the visa regulations, most F1 students who are studying in the USA will have to meet certain levels of coverage as set out by their school. To learn what requirements schools impose on international students please contact flight training school of your choosing for more information.

Once you know what your school requires in terms of insurance coverage, you can purchase your insurance plan right online through our website. The most popular and applicable plan for students on an F1 Visa is the Student Secure Health Insurance http://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/student-health-insurance/
plan. The Student Secure provides monthly international student health insurance coverage with benefits that will meet most schools requirements.

Aviator College is approved by the INS to issue paperwork for visas under the Foreign Student Exchange Visitor Programs.

Aviator College provides a certificate of eligibility (I-20) to all admitted international students. The form is used to apply for the F-1 or M-1 Visa. The form verifies to U.S. immigration officials the student is academically qualified to attend the College, and has sufficient funds to cover the required period of study, and that subsequent funds will be available for the future. Students must demonstrate proof of financial support at the time of application.

Aviator policy states that students are required to attend for one full semester when entering the United States on a College provided I-20 form. Aviator College will not release a student to another educational institution until the student completes one semester.

Upon receipt of your deposit and the Application for Enrollment, you will receive the original I-20 or IAP-66 student visa form via overnight mail at the address provided. Remember you must provide a complete physical address in order for delivery to occur.
You must take the original visa form to the U.S. Embassy in your country for approval. Please inform admissions of your tentative arrival date and your flight information so a representative may meet you at the airport to welcome you to the USA and Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you have applied for a visa you will also need to register with S.E.V.I.S . at http://www.fmjfee.com – see their website for details.

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!


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