• What is a full course load?
    • If you are an undergraduate student, you are required to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per Fall/Spring semester.
    • If you are a graduate student, you are required to be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per Fall/Spring semester.

 

  • Am I allowed to take on-line courses?
    • Only one on-line course will count towards your full course load hours.  If you’re in your final semester before completing your program, you must be enrolled in at least one classroom course.   

 

  • Can I drop a course?
    • You are required to see an International Student Advisor to request a Reduced Course Load if you cannot be registered full-time.  A Reduced Course Load can only be approved under certain circumstances.  Permission from your academic advisor is not enough. You MUST get permission from your International Student Advisor!

 

  • Am I required to have health insurance?
    • Yes, each semester a HOLD is placed on your Marshall University record that will PREVENT you from registering for classes until you provide PROOF of health insurance.  

 

  • What if I already have health insurance from my home country?
    • Insurance purchased in your home country will usually not be sufficient.  CIP recommends that students buy insurance through Insurance for Students, Inc.  (add link)  This plan meets all the requirements set by CIP.  

 

  • What do I do if I lost my I-20?
    • Contact the CIP office and fill out the “Action Request Form” so a new I-20 can be issued. (add link to form here)

 

  • What do I do if my I-20 is about to expire I need to extend the time period for my program of study?
    • In order to receive an extension on your program, you will need to seek permission from your academic advisor and the CIP Office. Your academic advisor needs to sign the “Program Extension Form.” (add form link)

 

  • What do I do if I change my major area of study?
    • You must report any change of major to your International Student Advisor after you have been accepted into a new program. A NEW I-20 will need to be generated to reflect this major change. After you submit the Request for Change of Major form for graduate students (available in the graduate office) or your academic advisor’s office (for undergraduate students) and are accepted into the new area of study, you need to contact the CIP office to request a change of major on your I-20. This also requires you fill out an “Action Request Form.” Please bring your acceptance letter with you.

 

  • Can I transfer to another school?
    • F-1 students are eligible to transfer to any DHS certified school within the United States. You are eligible to transfer as long as you have maintained your status at MU. In order to transfer to another school, you must first apply to and be accepted at the school you wish to transfer to and contact the international student advisor at that school and ask them for a Transfer Release Form. Once you have received the acceptance letter and transfer release form, please stop in the CIP Office to discuss your transfer with an international student advisor at MU.

 

  • How do I change my visa status?
    • See an International Student Advisor in the CIP office.  

 

  • What if my passport is about to expire?
    • You must maintain a valid passport at all times.  It is your responsibility to contact your embassy or consulate to have your passport renewed.