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Our classes can be taught in person, online or in a hybrid mix. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for all future deadlines of the university.
Immigration regulations require undergraduate international students to enroll for a minimum of 12 credits/hours during each academic semester. Only one of those classes (3 credits/hours) can be online. Hybrid courses will count toward in-person credits.
Graduate international students are required to enroll for a minimum of 9 credits/hours during each academic semester. Only one of those classes (3 credits/hours) can be online.
Please be aware that to maintain lawful F-1 status, you must:
Attend the Mandatory Immigration Orientation as stated on your Form I-20.
Be in good academic standing and make progress toward completing an academic program.
Extend your I-20 prior to its expiration date if you are unable to complete your academic program by the original expiration date.
For any changes made to your academic program or level, update your I-20 in a timely manner in accordance with immigration regulations.
Maintain full-time academic enrollment during the academic year.
Limit on-campus employment to a maximum 20 hours per week during the academic year.
Understand that you may NOT be employed without specific authorization from the Center for International Studies.
Keep a valid passport at all times. Your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months into the future on the day you return to the U.S. from a trip abroad.
Maintain health insurance coverage.
Update your current and permanent address information with the Center for International Studies within 10 days of moving.
Please ask your academic advisor or department chair to submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming these two items:
Which semester and year you are scheduled to graduate from ASU; and
Approximately how many classes/credits you have remaining in your degree plan in order to graduate.
The Center for International Studies will not be able to issue your updated SEVIS Form I-20 until we receive the requested documentation to extend your program of study.
All international students and their accompanying dependents are required to have health insurance coverage that meets the university’s standards. You will be automatically billed for the ASU Student Health Insurance Plan when you are registered for your classes and bills are distributed.
For more information and details on how to access or activate your insurance plan, please send an email to email@example.com.
Students who apply independently and are not part of a Partner Program arenot exemptfrom purchasing ASU Student Health Insurance.
If your home institution or program is providing you with health insurance, you may apply for a waiver of the mandatory ASU Student Health Insurance by submitting a copy of your health insurance policy to firstname.lastname@example.org as a PDF attachment only. Be sure to include your full name and Campus ID Number in your email. In order for a waiver to be granted, you must have this submitted before the deadline to pay your bill.
Please check with the Center for International Studies before you purchase your own policy. There are mandatory requirements that must be met, and not every policy will be accepted.
F-1 students must complete at least one full academic year at ASU to be eligible for annual summer vacation. Additionally, students must intend to register for classes in the academic term following their annual vacation. Students that enter ASU for their first academic semester during the Spring Term must enroll full time during the following summer term. An undergraduate student must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits/hours during the summer term to meet full time requirements, and a graduate student must enroll in at least 9 credits/hours during the summer term. Students that do not enroll full time that are not eligible for the annual summer vacation risk complications to their F-1 visa status for failure to enroll.
An annual summer vacation is an authorized break in a student’s studies that is taken once per academic year and lasts one term. F-1 students are eligible to take an annual vacation after completing their academic year requirement at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)- certified school and once every year after that. Before taking annual vacation, F-1 students should speak with their designated school official(DSO) at the CIS Office. Their DSO can confirm their eligibility for vacation and should sign the student’s Form I-20, if they plan to travel outside of the United States.
Please note that students that are eligible for Annual Summer Vacation may take as many, as few or no courses as they want. SEVP considers all study during an annual vacation incident to status.