International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars provides a variety of services to nonimmigrant students and scholars at the university. Students and scholars are advised on personal and immigration matters, as well as admissions issues. Cultural adjustment programs and informational workshops are sponsored on an ongoing basis. Social and cultural programs are also sponsored on campus and in the community to foster interaction between international students and Americans, as well as to help develop greater awareness and understanding of cultural diversity.

New international students and scholars are required to check in at this office immediately upon arrival at the university. Students must bring their passports and I-20 or DS-2019 forms. Students holding F-1 and J-1 visas must be aware of the following regulations:

  1. Enrollment in a full course of study is required for each semester during the student's entire program of study (at least 12 credits for undergraduates; at least nine credits for graduate students);
  2. Financial obligations must be met in a timely manner;
  3. Enrollment in the Student Health Center service and supplemental health insurance plan is mandatory;
  4. Authorization must be obtained from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the OISS before the student can procure off-campus work authorization.

The Office of International Students and Scholars is located in Fitzgerald Student Services Building, Room 120. For additional information, please call (775) 784-6874, via email:, or visit their website at

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