International Students

Welcome! 

We understand the magnitude of your decision and are honored that you have placed your trust in us. We look forward to helping you achieve your dreams. 

To simplify the process for you, we created a checklist. Download your copy of the International Student Registration Checklist here.  Download your copy of the Application here.

Please note: To confirm space in your requested course, you will need to complete your registration three months prior to the starting date. 

About the USATS’ International Student Pilot Program 

“Perhaps the greatest power of educational exchange is the power to convert nations into peoples and to translate ideologies into aspirations” 

Senator J. William Fulbright 

For almost three decades, our flight school has had the privilege of hosting international students for flight training here in the United States.   

The M1 and F1 Student Visa programs that our students participate in are the result of the efforts of US Senator J. William Fulbright, which were realized when the US Congress passed the Fullbright-Hays Act in 1961. 

The purpose of the Fulbright-Hays Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange.  Participation in daily life and immersion in a new culture fosters understanding.  With this understanding comes the realization we are more alike than different, and we develop an appreciation of our differences. 

The M1 and F1 Student Visa programs are an expression of this purpose. 

What is Allowed with an M1 Student Visa? 

The M1 Student Visa allows an international student to participate in a full-time course of study at an SEVP-approved institution for a specific amount of time.  At USATS, the M1 Student Visa is used for international students pursuing a short course of study, or something other than our full Professional Pilot Program. 

What is Allowed with an F1 Student Visa? 

The F1 Student Visa also allows an international student to participate in a full-time course of study at an SEVP-approved institution for a specific amount of time. However, the F1 Student Visa requires a student to be enrolled in an approved academic course of study, such as our full Professional Pilot Program.   

 F1 Student Visa Benefits 

One of the unique benefits of the F1 Student Visa is the opportunity to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). This option becomes available as soon as you complete our training program.   Successful graduates can apply for both Flight Instructor and Commercial Pilot positions anywhere in the US. This allows new pilots a chance to gain experience and flight hours before they return home.  

Our graduates benefit tremendously from the opportunity to return home as experienced pilots. 

Please note, immigration and labor laws in the United States are very strictly enforced. You will need to have proper authorization to achieve your career goals.  

Do you have questions? Please contact a member of our Student Services Department. 

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