Graduate Studies

Frequently Asked Questions


The Major on My I-20 Doesn't Match the Major Listed on My Acceptance letter; What Should I Do?

WIU has assigned majors  specific CIP codes  that do not always exactly match the name of the degree.  Consulates are aware of this and there should not be any issues.

The total costs and total funding on my I-20 do not match.  Will this be a problem?

No.  The amount listed on your I-20 is the amount listed on the WIU Affidavit of Support.  If the amount is equal to or more than the total costs, it is fine.  

What is My SEVIS Number? (Does This Number Change?) 

Your SEVIS number will be located on your I-20 and will not change if you defer semesters (e.g. from spring 2023 to fall 2024).  There are some instances where you will receive a new SEVIS number if your record has been inactive for a certain amount of time.

I Have Received My I-20 and Acceptance Letter, What Are the Next Steps?

You will need to pay the SEVIS fee and then schedule a visa appointment.

I have a B-2 visitor's visa.  Can I study in the U.S.?

No, you cannot study while you are on a visitor's visa.  If you are interested in pursuing a degree at WIU, it is recommended to depart the U.S. and apply for an F-1 student visa.