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Information for Faculty and Staff

International students have certain immigration responsibilities and regulations that do not apply to native students. Please note the following:

There are two types of student visas:

  • F-1 - Students who are in the United States to complete a degree program
  • J-1 - Exchange students who are typically at Tarleton for one semester or one academic year

Regulations for F-1 Students

Full-time Course Load Regulations

Undergraduate Students 

  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per long semester (Fall and Spring). 9 of these credits must be face-to-face courses.
  • Do not need to enroll during Summer, unless:
    • Summer semester is the student's first semester at Tarleton. Student must enroll in a total of 7 credit hours, which is considered full-time enrollment during the Summer.
    • Summer semester is the student's last semester at Tarleton. Student must enroll in at least one face-to-face course.

Graduate Students

  • Must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per semester (Fall and Spring). 6 of those credits must be face-to-face courses.
  • Do not need to enroll during Summer, unless:
  • Summer semester is the student's first semester at Tarleton. Student must enroll in a total of 6 credit hours, which is considered full-time enrollment during the Summer.
  • Summer semester is the student's last semester at Tarleton. Student must enroll in at least one face-to-face course.
Dropping Courses
  • An F-1 international student must speak with an international student advisor before dropping a course if it will cause him/her to fall below full-time enrollment of either the number of overall credits (12 undergraduate, 9 graduate), or the number of face-to-face credits.
  • Students may be authorized by an international student advisor to drop below full-time enrollment under special circumstances.

Regulations for J-1 Students

Full-time Course Load Regulations

Undergraduate Students 

  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per long semester (Fall and Spring). 9 of these credits must be face-to-face courses. Students are encouraged to take all face-to-face classes, if possible.

Graduate Students

  • Must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per long semester (Fall and Spring). 6 of these credits must be face-to-face courses. Students are encouraged to take all face-to-face classes, if possible.
Dropping Courses

J-1 international students may not drop a course if it will cause him/her to fall below full-time enrollment of either the number of overall credits or the number of face-to-face credits. 

Curricular Practical Training (F-1 Students Only)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is temporary employment authorization directly related to the student's major field of study, usually as internship or practicum for course credit, located off campus. Students with questions regarding CPT, or any kind of employment on or off campus, should be directed to an international student advisor at the International Office.

Eligibility

  • Unless the student is a graduate student who must participate in a required internship to satisfy a degree requirement, a student is not eligible to engage in Curricular Practical Training until he/she has been in the United States in lawful F-1 student status for one academic year.
  • Graduate students whose degree programs require immediate participation in CPT may apply for it at any time. 
  • A student cannot participate in CPT after completion of studies.
  • Work permission is only granted for one semester at a time. The student must repeat this process each semester he/she plans to enroll in CPT.

Part-time CPT

  • Part-time CPT is employment for 20 hours or less per week while the student is also enrolled in classes.
  • There is no limitation on the length of time a student may participate in part-time CPT, but he/she must be enrolled in school during CPT in order to maintain lawful F-1 status.

Full-time CPT

Full-time CPT is only allowed during the official university breaks unless full-time CPT is required for the degree program. While in full-time CPT the student does not need to be enrolled in classes in order to maintain lawful F-1 status.

There is no limitation on the length of time a student may participate in full-time CPT, but if he/she participates for twelve months or more he/she will not be elegible for Optional Practical Training.

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