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FAQs: International Students

Massage Therapy Schools frequently asked questions

Questions:

Do massage schools in USA accept international students?

Can NHI issue I-20 documents for M-1 student visas?

Where are NHI massage schools located?

How do I qualify for an M-1 visa?












Answers:

Q: Do massage schools in USA accept international students? Back to Top

A: Yes! National Holistic Institute is a massage school for international students in California, USA. This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions about becoming an international student. With only a handful of approved international massage schools in the USA, we hope the following information will help you have work you love.


Q: Can NHI issue I-20 documents for M-1 student visas? Back to Top

A: Here at NHI, one of the international massage schools in the USA, we believe that the healing touch of massage can be universal. Our school welcomes students from across the nation as well as around the world. We are authorized to accept international students and can issue I-20 documents for M-1 student visas. Come and experience massage therapy education with us: Put your hands in ours.


Q: Where can international students attend NHI massage schools? Back to Top

A: We are currently approved to accept international students at our San Francisco, Emeryville (San Francisco Bay Area) and Studio City (Los Angeles County) campuses. These international massage schools in the USA offer a wealth of potential places to see and things to do.


Q: How do I qualify for an M-1 visa and begin working towards my massage therapist diploma? Back to Top

A: We are currently approved to accept international students at our San Francisco, Emeryville (San Francisco Bay Area) and Studio City (Los Angeles County) campuses. These areas offer a wealth of potential places to see and things to do.

    • Contact our International Student Department to apply and enroll in the National Holistic Institute. Please email fisherb@nhi.edu for further information.
    • Once enrolled, we can issue you an I-20 form so you can apply for an M-1 student visa from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    • Apply for your M-1 student visa.  To apply, you will need to:
    • Pay a $200 SEVIS fee (I-901) through the US Immigration and Customs web site. The site is available at http://www.fmjfee.com.  Keep the receipt—you’ll need it for your visa interview.
    • Schedule a visa appointment with your embassy. At your appointment, you’ll need the following:
      • A passport
      • A 2 x 2 inch photograph
      • Financial evidence showing you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds available for self-support during the entire course of study. This can take the form of a bank statement or a letter from a sponsor.
      • Consult the http://www.ice.gov website for further requirements
    • Once you are approved for AND receive your M-1 visa, please contact your DSO visa email or phone.
    • Arrive in the United States to study no more than 30 days before your class is scheduled to start. Carry your I-20 and passport with you, since both will be checked when you come to a port of entry.  Please note that I-20 documentation may only be provided for the time in which you are registered in school.
    • Report to your DSO no more than 30 days before you are scheduled to start classes, so we he/she can “activate” your record in the SEVIS system.

International Massage Therapy Student Profile: Daniela Wiesenaecker - Heidelberg, Germany

Massage Therapy Degree - International Student Profile: Daniela Wiesenaecker

At National Holistic Institute, a massage school for international students in California, USA, we are fortunate to have many wonderful and inspiring massage therapy students join us from all over the world. We are pleased and proud that they regularly have great experiences while with us as well. Below is a heartwarming letter written at graduation time in July 2009 by one such student:

Massage Therapy Degree - Graduation Letter

"At the National Holistic Institute, a massage school for international students in California, USA, we are fortunate to host a diverse student population which encompasses the nation as well as the globe. We welcome and value your participation in our program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have; I look forward to helping you."

Beth Fisher
National and International Admissions Coordinator
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Massage Therapy Degree - Beth Fisher
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