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Center for International Programs
West Chester University
320 Mitchell Hall
675 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3515
Fax: 610-436-3426

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

International Student Advising:
Make an appointment.
Limited availability for walk-ins.

Study Abroad Advising:
Make an appointment.
Limited availability for walk-ins.

Interview Tips Suggested by NAFSA: Association of International Educators

In addition to providing the required documents and showing ties to home country, making a positive impression on the consular officer is critical in the visa interview process.

  • Be brief - It is important to understand that interviews are typically about five minutes in length; because of this, it is best to keep answers and explanations short and to the point.
  • Speak in English - Practice interviewing in English with a native English speaker - being fluent and confident will help present the case. However, avoid preparing a speech.
  • Speak for yourself - Make the case independently. Having parents or others speak on a student’s behalf does not make a good impression on the consular officer.
  • Be positive - Do not argue with the consular officer or come across as rude and sarcastic, even if the visa application is denied.
  • Review this page if your visa application is denied.
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