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International On Campus

Overview

An F-1 visa allows an international student to enter the United States to study in a language and/or academic program. If you are studying at WSU on an F-1 visa, you must comply with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements, as well as University requirements.

Enrollment Requirements

F-1 students are required to maintain full-time student status.

In certain situations, you can request to drop below a full course load. For example, if you are in your last semester before graduation, working on a dissertation, or have a qualifying emergency.

Inform WSU of any Change in Program

Your Form I-20 must accurately reflect your current status as a student. You are responsible for keeping it up to date. If you change your academic program in any way, please inform the Office of International Programs.

Your I-20 will need to be changed and updated before any of the following:

  • Change of major
  • Graduating from your academic program
  • Change of level (e.g., from undergraduate to graduate study)
  • Extending your F-1 immigration status
  • Dropping below full-time enrollment
  • Cancelling enrollment

Check the detailed status requirements to be sure you follow proper procedure and meet U.S. government requirements.

F-1 status requirements

Travel

If you will be traveling outside the United States while your F-1 visa is in effect, you will need to follow certain procedures.

Travel information

Change of Address

If you move to a new local residence, you must update your address within 10 days of your move. Your new address will be sent to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security automatically via the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Update your address

Medical Insurance

Washington State University recommends you have medical insurance for you and any dependents you bring with you. WSU will automatically enroll you in its international Student Health Insurance Program (iSHIP), but you will need to purchase separate coverage for anyone else who comes with you.

Finding the policy that is right for your dependents

Evaluate different insurance products to find one that best suits your dependents’ circumstances.

If you have questions about the WSU iSHIP policy, please contact WSU Health and Wellness Services (HWS).

Resources

For quick questions, stop by Bryan Hall Room 108.

Monday: 1 – 3 p.m.

Tuesday: 1 – 3 p.m.

Wednesday: 1 – 3 p.m.

Thursday: 1 – 3 p.m.

Friday: 1 – 3 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for personal advising, call 509-335-4508.

International Student Portal

The Washington State University Office of International Programs Global Services Department now offers many of its services online. International students can conveniently request new I-20s/DS-2019s, Reduced Course Loads, Optional Practical Training, Visa Support Letters, and many more services through our online portal. Students may still meet in person by appointment or coming in during walk-in hours of 1 – 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday in Bryan Hall 108.

Email Advisories

The Office of International Programs will email you important reminders and immigration updates on Thursdays throughout the academic year. If you are not receiving these messages, please contact International Programs’ Global Services department ip.globalservices@wsu.edu to verify your correct email address.

Health Care Services

WSU Health and Wellness Services (HWS) provides low-cost medical services for minor illnesses and injuries. The clinic is located in the Washington Building on Stadium Way.

Extracurricular Activities

Get involved through volunteer opportunities, cultural sharing, and student government and organizations.

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