International Student Services

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR F-1 STUDENTS

It is essential that you carefully follow the regulations set forth by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The following responsibilities apply to students who are in the U.S. with F-1 status for study at Purchase College.

*You must be registered full time in a degree program. For undergraduates, full-time is a minimum of 12 credits each fall and each spring semester. For graduate students full time is 9 credits. Students are not required to enroll during the summer.

*You must be in possession of a valid, unexpired passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months into the future at all times.

*You may not seek or accept paid employment off-campus without permission from the International Student Advisor.

*You must follow the correct INS procedures for transferring from one U.S. school to another or from one educational level to another.

*Changes of address must be reported to the International Student Services and Registrar’s Offices within ten days of a change. Reporting a change of address to the Registrar’s Office is not enough. It is extremely important for you to report it to the International Student Advisor as well.