I'm currently on H4 and a citizen of India. My husband is working on a H1b visa. I've an admit for a reputed university with a full scholarship and assistantship. To qualify for the scholarship, I need to be on F1 status before my course starts (Aug 26, 2013). If I apply for Change of Status now, it may take anywhere between 3-5 months and if I don't get it on time, I lose my scholarship. Should I just go to India to get it stamped or can I apply for F1 in Canada, Mexico of Bahamas?