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Current International Student FAQ

  1. I plan to travel during school breaks. What should I take with me?

    You will need to bring your I-20 with a current signature, visa, and passport. Each signature on your I-20 is valid for one year. It is your responsibility to ensure that your signature does not expire before traveling. Bring your I-20 to Donna Patterson in the admissions building to sign if the signature is no longer valid.


  2. I am not able to finish my program by the completion date noted on my I-20. What should I do?

    If you are not able to finish your degree program by the end of the date noted on your I-20, you can request an extension of your program. Contact Donna Patterson for assistance. There has to be a legitimate legally acceptable reason that you cannot complete your studies.


  3. I have changed my major. Do I need a new I-20?

    Yes, you will have to notify Donna Patterson if there is a change in your major or minor. You will then receive an updated I-20. Do not discard any old I-20 forms or documents.


  4. I moved. Do you need my new location?

    For any type of relocation, even if you moved to another dorm, contact Donna Patterson so she can update your information.


  5. will be graduating soon. How can I receive authorization for employment after I graduate? 

    You should begin the process of applying for employment authorization at least 3 months prior to your graduation date. You must submit your employment authorization application prior to graduation; however, you may request that employment begin up to 60 days after the final date of your studies.


  6. Is it possible for me to take classes part-time for a semester?

    Students with an F-1 are required to be full-time students. Only in very limited circumstances you can take fewer classes than full-time status requires. You must receive prior approval before dropping below full-time status or you will be considered out of status. See Donna Patterson if you are considering dropping below full-time status so your case can be evaluated.


  7. Is health insurance required while I am a student in F-1 status? 

    Yes, North Carolina Wesleyan College requires that all international students carry health insurance throughout their education here.