Most students coming to the United States to study in either F1 or J1 status must apply for a student visa. The visa is a stamp in the passport which permits an individual to apply for entry at the US Port of Entry. The visa only needs to be valid for when you are entering the US. It does not need to be valid for the entire duration of your studies.
Visa Exceptions: Canadian Citizens
Canadian citizens do not need an F-1 or J-1 visa stamp to enter the United States. However, Canadian citizens are required to carry the following when entering in student status:
1. I-20 or DS-2019;
2. Proof of SEVIS fee (I-901) payment; and
3. A valid passport.
Make sure to have your IIT (Chicago-Kent/ Institute of Design) Admission letter
Canadian Landed Immigrants need to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.