F-1 Rights and Responsibilities

Full Course of Study

International students must be registered for a full course of study during fall and spring semesters. Full course load is 12 credits.

Maintaining a valid I-20

It is essential to maintain current, accurate immigration documents. Please consult with the International Student Institute if you:

  • Change your address
  • Change your program of study
  • Experience a change in your financial situation
  • Are going to travel outside the U.S.
  • Will need more time to finish your degree.


F-1 visa holders are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week on campus. F-1 visa holders must obtain work authorization through the International Student Institute (ISI) and/or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Off-campus work authorization options are:

To learn more about any of these employment options, please consult with the International Student Institute.

Grace Periods

  • 60 days: F-1 students who complete an academic program or OPT have a 60-day grace period.
  • 15 days: F-1 students who have received prior authorization to withdraw from classes have 15 days to depart the U.S. after the withdrawal date.
  • 0 days: Students who withdraw from classes without prior authorization do not have a grace period, and must leave the U.S. immediately.