Being an International Student
There is a lot to be aware of when you first arrive on campus as an international student. We hope the information here helps you adjust to your new way of life.
Always maintain your immigration status.
As an international student, it is your priority and responsibility to maintain your immigration status, including:
Keep your passport and I-20 up-to-date.
Update your residential address using the change of address form on the IGU website no more than 10 days after you move.
Inform International Students Office if you wish to change your program, concentration, or degree level.
Maintain a full-time course load (9 credit hours for graduate and 13.5 for undergraduate).
Contact ISO before taking any trip outside the U.S., and make sure that all travel documents are in order.
Refrain from unauthorized employment.
File timely requests with ISO for a program extension, CPT, OPT, transfer, withdrawal, and other requests.
Be aware of immigration law. Always ask DSO if you are in doubt.
Keep the Records safe
Please keep all of your previously issued immigration documents (I-20s); you may need them again if trying to change to another status in the U.S. or applying for work authorization.
If you have lost or damaged your I-20, request a new one using the I-20 request form.
Cannot pick it up and want it shipped? Please provide us with a shipping label.
Plan ahead and give the ISO 2 to 4 business days to process your requests.
Learn about Academics
Types of employment for international students
Registered Students associations
It is possible to commute easily to the IGU campus using public transportation. Please visit https://www.wmata.com/