International students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester. Many students feel that they can vary the number of units taken each semester as long as the total units average 24 per year. Immigration regulations clearly require 12 units per semester.
Medical leave from college must be confirmed in writing by a physician at the time of illness. The statement must give the nature of the illness and the period of time the student is expected to be out of classes. A student returning from a medical leave must obtain a release from the attending physician. The release must be submitted to the International Student Office before the student is permitted to resume classes.
VISA DOCUMENTS & LETTER OF CERTIFICATION
Contact the International Student Center for information and assistance on immigration matters including replacement of lost visa documents, extension of stay, or change of visa status. You may also request letters of certification regarding enrollment, eligibility to transfer to another college or university, employment, and other matters which may require the preliminary approval of the International Student Center.
Students must have their I-20s signed before leaving the United States for vacation or any short holidays. Failure to do so may result in a student being denied readmission to the United States.
EMPLOYMENT & PRACTICAL TRAINING
While enrolled, international students are eligible to apply for part-time, on campus employment. International students are not permitted to work off-campus without a valid work permit. The College maintains an employment service to assist students seeking on-campus and off-campus employment. There are a variety of jobs offered throughout the college in areas such as Registration, the library, cafeteria, departmental offices, maintenance department, Tutorial and Learning Center, and the Student Lounge. Most jobs are 12-15 hours per week, pay $8.75 an hour, and fill quickly. If you are interested in a campus job, make an appointment for an interview with the Placement Officer after you have registered for classes. The Job Placement Office is located on the first floor of the Johnson Center.
International students are eligible to apply for one year of full-time training upon completion of the program. Practical training offers students hands-on experience in his/her major – experience that would not normally be available to the student in his/her home country. Students may apply for on-campus or off-campus employment on a part/full-time basis upon completion of their program of study.
For more information, contact our Immigration Specialist at the International Student Center, at (714) 564-6047 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org