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International Student Policies


The key to successfully maintaining your international (F-1) student status and navigating through your program at USU is by abiding by both federal regulations [8 CFR 214.2 (f)] and University policies.

In addition, all USU students must follow the Student Code of Conduct.  Students should refer to the Student Code of Conduct Handbook for more information.

Good Academic Standing

Undergraduate Students:

  • Must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 units (full-time) at the university each semester with satisfactory grades
  • Who wish to register for more than 12 credits per semester must obtain approval from the Provost’s Office.  Students must be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.5 GPA for the session completed prior to the session the increased course load is being requested.
  • Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better

Graduate Students:

  • Must enroll in and complete a minimum of 9 units (full-time) at the university each semester with satisfactory grades
  • Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • Are not currently permitted to take more than 9 units per semester

Students who fail to meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) are at risk of being put on academic warning/probation or being dismissed from the University.  See the University Catalog for more details on the SAP Policy.


In compliance with federal regulations, international (F-1) student may be registered into ONLY one (1) online course per semester.

Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled weekend classes.  Failure to attend classes is in violation of the University’s attendance policy listed in the University Catalog.

Financial Responsibility

By signing the Enrollment Agreement, students agree to the financial obligations incurred while attending the University.  Students who fail to meet their financial responsibilities to the University risk being dropped from their courses.  This, in turn, will result in their administrative withdrawal from the University for an unauthorized drop below full course of study.

Updating Your Information

Students must notify the Department of International Affairs of any changes in their status  or information including, but not limited to, change of home country or local addresses or phone number, transfer to another college, or return to their home country permanently.  Failure to do so may risk their student status.


As international students get close to successfully completing their program and graduating from the University, there is a 60-day grace period following students’ program end date where students can transfer out their SEVIS record to another if school if admitted, prepare to depart the United States, apply for Optional Practical Training, or even start a new program at USU.

  • Transferring to a new school
    • Students planning to attend a new school will need to request to have their SEVIS record transferred to that new school. USU requires an international student to submit an Acceptance Letter from the new school and must notify the DSO at USU of their intended transfer date.
    • Students requesting a transfer to another college or university must be current on their financial obligations to USU. If student is transferring prior to completing the program, the student will be required to pay the published transfer fee.
  • Continuing at USU
  • Applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Departing the United States