Instructions for International Students Joining the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Once an international student has been formally admitted to the Laboratory Schools (commonly called Lab Schools), the student's parents/guardians must provide a number of documents to the Office of International Affairs to obtain a Form I-20, which is required for an F-1 student visa.

Please submit the following to the Office of International Affairs (contact information follows below):

  • Clearly legible photocopy of passport identification page/s of the student
    (If the student does not yet have the passport, provide an official document showing the student's complete, formal name which will appear in the passport.)
  • Completed/signed Financial Resources Statement. Please request this form by sending a message to tfelden@uchicago.edu; you will receive this form via e-mail after the student has been formally admitted to the Lab Schools. Please do not attempt to use the on-line form.
  • If FedEx or DHL delivery is being requested, please visit instructions for expedited mailing
  • Statement indicating that the person handling the documentation on behalf of the student is a parent. This can be a brief statement providing the name and date of birth of the student and the name and full contact information of the parent and student OR: Formal document showing guardianship, if the person handling the documentation is not a parent; if there is no formal document available, a statement by the parents of the student, stating the name and date of birth of the student, the name and full contact information of the parent, and the name and full contact information of the guardian.
  • Financial documents that show that the sum to be paid on behalf of the student is available to the party making these funds available; Funds must be documented for the first year of attendance or for the entire period, whichever is shorter. If the name of the student's financial sponsor and the name on the financial documents is not the same, we need a letter from the individual named in the financial documents, stating that the funds will be at the disposal of the student's financial sponsor. (For example, financial documents provided are bank statements in the name of the husband, but the documents are being handled by the wife.)

All documents must be sent by mail to the

Office of International Affairs
The University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street, Room 291
Chicago, IL 60637
Attn: Tamara Felden

Or: Via fax to (773) 702-3058,

Or: As attachments to tfelden@uchicago.edu (we advise against using this method, as e-mail attachments are inherently unsafe).

Both the student and those assisting him/her with the visa application process should carefully review the information provided at the following web sites (please note that the website is primarily intended for post-secondary students, so some differences between the instructions there and what is shown here apply):

F-1 versus J-1 status

Qualifying for your I-20 or DS-2019 Please do not attempt to use the Financial Resources Statement found at that site. The form will be sent to you via e-mail once we are informed that your student has been admitted to the Lab Schools.

If the student is currently attending another school in the U.S.

All items under 2 and 3 at the admitted student page.

Lab School students do not have to attend the mandatory orientation but will receive a hand-out when checking with OIA that provides information they require to remain in lawful status.

Questions should be directed to the Office of International Affairs at international-affairs@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-7752.