Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

If you are in the United States on a visa other than an M-1 visa, you may still be able to study with us. There are restrictions on each type of visa though. Please submit your contact information using the form on this page and an International Admissions Officer will contact you to discuss this in more detail.

An M-1 student is a nonimmigrant student attending a non-academic trade or vocational school, which has been approved by INS to offer such training.

Only after all documentation is received and verified by us. We will then send you an official Acceptance Letter to take to the Embassy.

  • Original Financial Affidavit (with sponsor information matching the bank statements)
  • Original Bank Statement(s) showing sufficient funds for the entire 18 months
  • International Passport
  • Acceptance Letter
  • I-20 Form
  • Documentation proving you have a vested interest in returning to your home country after completing your studies.

International applicants must meet all of the general admissions requirements listed above. In addition, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must provide verification of English language proficiency by meeting one of the following requirements:
    • Minimum TOEFL Paper and Pencil test score of 475
    • Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 55
    • Minimum IELTS score of 5.5
    • Minimum Pearson PTE score of 42
    • Both a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 and a minimum Standard Assessment of Functional English (SAFE) Exam score of 15 out of 20
    • Minimum Duolingo score of 80
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet tuition and other financial obligations or the ability to qualify for financial aid as an eligible non-citizen.
  • Applicants must obtain the proper visa.

The FAA requirement for successful A&P certification mandates the candidate read, write, and speak in the English language. Not all campuses are accepting international students at this time. Please see individual campus for details.

  • The International Student Application Form.
  • The Financial Affidavit. This should indicate you have sufficient funds available to cover the first academic year as well as your living expenses (which includes lodging, meals, transportation, etc.)
  • Current original bank Statement(s).
  • TOEFL or IELTS exam results (unless your school transcripts show you passed five or more years of English).
  • A copy of your International Passport.
  • A completed Enrollment agreement which will be given to you by your Admissions Officer

Yes, you can fax or e-mail all your required documents to us. You will need your originals with you when you go to the Embassy and when you arrive at the school.

No, there are no fees taken until a student visa has been issued. Once approved, an Orientation Fee of $500 is collected which covers the admissions fees, first night lodging and meals, before touring the campus the following day.

No. We do not offer scholarships or grants for international students. A loan is possible if you have someone in the U.S. who is a citizen, has a "Green Card", or has political asylum. This person must have good credit and be willing to sign a student loan for you.

No. You will have to pay for that separately. Again, the cost will vary depending on which location you choose and how you intend to live. Example: with or without a roommate.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance does not have dorms for its students. Each student must attain lodging in the area of the campus in which the student plans to attend.

Each campus will arrange for housing international students before their arrival. You are expected to pay for at least 6 months' rent in advance. If you have family or friends you can stay with, that will clearly help you with your finances.

Each campus presents a different situation. Some cities have public transportation (trains or buses) that stops at or near the campus. Other cities do not require that you have a car to get around. Many of our students share rides with one another from nearby apartments.

No. Each campus has a wide variety of hands-on training aids and full-sized aircraft of different types. However, we do not have large commercial jets onsite at our schools. You will learn on different engines and other cross-sections of aircraft.

Yes. We have contacts with hundreds of companies throughout the country, and many of these visit our campuses throughout the year to interview students and recent graduates. Our Career Services department can help you prepare your resume, practice interviewing and help you make connections with these employers.

That depends on many different factors. We offer initial training for those seeking their FAA A&P License. Your best course of action is to contact the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at their website (www.faa.gov ) and let them tell you if your training and experience is acceptable toward the A&P License. Based on their answer, we may or may not be able to help you.

Yes. If you would like to take the Airframe or Powerplant program separately, we can assist you.


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