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Immigration Regulations

International students are subject to strict immigration regulations. In order for international students to maintain their visa status, they need to comply with all immigration regulations. The two most frequent areas of concern for international students are full-time enrollment and advance authorization for employment.

Enrollment Requirement

In order to meet the full-time enrollment requirement, undergraduate students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 credits each semester (except in the summer) and graduate students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 9 credits each semester (except summer).


International students interested in off-campus employment (including practical experiences for the purpose of internships, field research, field work, etc.) must receive prior authorization.

In all instances of concern related to their status, international students should consult the Office of International Programs (OIP) which is located on the 2nd floor of Job Hall.  We can be reached at 274-3306, or by email at intlprog@ithaca.edu.