International and Postdoctoral Services Office newsletter for F-1 international students. 
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The Frontier

A newsletter for F-1 international students
April 2019

Enrolling in online courses for fall semester?

F-1 students may count only one online or distance course toward their F-1 full course of study requirement. If the one course is more than 3 credit hours, only three of those credit hours will count towards meeting the full course of study requirement.

Full course of study requirements

  • Graduate students: at least 9 credit hours
  • Undergraduate students: at least 12 credit hours

F-1 students may take more than one online or distance course, but only one of the online or distance courses (at a maximum of 3 credit hours) will count towards the full course of study requirement.

If you're not sure if you have enough credit hours to meet the full course of study requirement for your F-1 program, please contact Beverly Tarver at or 706-721-0670.  

Schedule your appointment now for summer travel 

If you are planning to travel outside the U.S., you may request a travel endorsement appointment as early as 60 days in advance. When you come to our office for your appointment, remember to bring your passport, visa, I-94 and travel letter from the appropriate office. If you have questions about getting your travel letter, please contact IPSO at or 706-721-0670. 

Request an Appointment

Check your passport

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months at all times.

Please check the expiration date on your passport. If you are close to having only 9 months left on your passport,  you should apply for a new one through your embassy or consulate.

Moving? Update your address

If your address changes, please let us know by filling out our Information Change Request Form.

You are also required to notify USCIS of your address change within 10 days after you move - even if you change from one room to another in your residence hall - by filling out the Form AR-11 online.

Graduating? It's time to apply for OPT

If you're graduating in May, the time to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) is between now and July 1.

OPT allows you to work in the U.S. for at least one year after graduating. Your job must be related to your college major.

You do not have to have a job offer to apply for OPT. You may travel abroad and re-enter while your OPT application is pending once you have received a Form I-797 Receipt Notice. 

Please read the complete instructions on preparing your OPT application packet. 

When you are ready, you can request an appointment with Ms. Beverly Tarver. 

International Community Lunch in April to feature special Chinese folk music performance

The next International Community Lunch is scheduled for April 30 and will feature a performance of Chinese folk music by visitors from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Free food for the first 40 people.

Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: noon
Location: Lee Auditoria Center, BC 1400 (small auditorium)

Upcoming Events 
Jazz & American Music Week: Russell Gunn featuring Dionne Harris
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Maxwell Theatre, Summerville

Noon Arts: Live at the Lee
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Lee Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus

Burgers & Bikes Night
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 5 to 11 p.m.
Location: Farmhaus on Broad Street

Jazz & American Music Week: AU Jazz and Conservatory Jazz Ensemble
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Maxwell Theatre, Summerville

Too Darn Hot
Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Maxwell Theatre, Summerville
A Day of International Cinema
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Location: Maxwell Theatre, Summerville

Earth Day Celebration
Date: Monday, April 22
Time: 10 to 2 p.m.
Location: In front of Science Hall, Summerville

Los Amigos Hispanos Bake Sale
Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: JSAC Breezeway, Summerville

University Singers
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Maxwell Theatre, Summerville

Spring Concert hosted by The CREW
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Christenberry Fieldhouse
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