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ASA College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

 

F-1 student status entails many responsibilities. While studying in the United States, students must:

Enroll in a full course of study. At ASA College, degree program students are required to take at least 12 credit hours per semester, while language training students need to enroll in at least 4 courses. IEP, TOEFL and Business English courses students must adhere to a program-specific requirements.  Contact the DSO at dso@asa.edu if you are unable to meet this requirement.

Attend and pass classes. It is essential that students do well in their classes and make normal progress toward completion of their educational objective, and attendance is a crucial part of a student’s academic growth and success. If your courses are too difficult, speak with your instructor and the Office of Academic Advisement about your options.

Attain travel authorization in advance. Students should inform their DSO of any travel plans. The DSO will verify the “Active” SEVIS status, endorse the I-20 form and provide helpful re-entry tips.

Report changes and updates to the DSO. Students are obligated to report to the DSO any changes in their program of study, major, plans to travel outside of the U.S., address/contact information updates, and they must attain an updated Form I-20, when applicable.

Request program extension ahead of time. Students must speak with the DSO if they believe that they will be unable to complete their program by the end date listed on their Form I-20. They might need to ask for a program/I-20 extension. The request must be submitted to the DSO at least 30 days prior to the program end date listed on the I-20.

Attain applicable employment authorization prior to engaging in a training. F-1 students may engage in a practical training or employment only when authorized. Depending on the case, a DSO and/or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will do so. Students choosing to work without authorization will be forced to leave the United States and may not be able to re-enter the United States at a later date.

Do not drop a class without first speaking to the DSO. Students are encouraged to communicate with the DSO about dropping out or quitting school, and students must complete an appropriate exit process when necessary.

Take appropriate action when completing studies at ASA College. Upon completing a program of study or Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, students must inform the DSO of further plans. To maintain status, students may enroll into a different program at ASA College, transfer to another SEVP-certified school, apply for a change of status, or depart the U.S. within 60 days after completion of the program of the practical training. Failing to act may result in an out-of-status situation.

Please review the below resources for subject-specific regulations:

We hope that you find the information and resources helpful, and we welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments or questions to Anna Horuk at ahoruk@asa.edu

An F-1 student may be enrolled in two different Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools at one time as long as the combined enrollment yields to a full-time course of study. In cases where a student is concurrently enrolled, the I-20 is issued and updated by the school from which the student will attain the degree. At ASA College, we reserve the rights to request evidence of student’s enrollment at the second SEVP-certified school to verify full-time enrollment and authorized concurrent enrollment approval. Please visit the below page for regulations:

 

We hope that you find the information and resources helpful, and we welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments or questions to Anna Horuk at ahoruk@asa.edu

Although ASA College does not mandate F-1 holders purchase health insurance, we strongly recommend international students and their accompanying dependents purchase healthcare plans. Healthcare insurance allows students to get routine check-ups and seek medical treatments when needed. Student may get their own coverage or browse the following affordable options to learn more about available plans and options:

 

We hope that you find the information and resources helpful, and we welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments or questions to Anna Horuk at ahoruk@asa.edu

An annual vacation is a break in a student’s study. It lasts one semester and is available to eligible students once per academic year at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school and once every year after that if the student maintains their status and registers for classes in the academic term following their annual vacation. F-1 holders must complete at least one full academic year to be eligible for annual vacation and must intend (clarify this. How does one demonstrate “intention”?) to register for classes in the academic term following their annual vacation. Students may take courses during their annual vacation if they wish.

A college break, a period when the school’s classes are in a recess for a short period of time, differs from an annual vacation. The break time does not count as an annual vacation. Students traveling abroad during their annual vacation or a school break should speak with the DSO and verify their “Active” status in SEVIS. The Designated School Official (DSO) will help make sure they have the proper documentation before they leave the United States. Please review the following resources for more regulations:

 

We hope that you find the information and resources helpful, and we welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments or questions to Anna Horuk at ahoruk@asa.edu

Students should consult their Designated School Official (DSO) prior to travelling. They should ensure they have the following documents when returning to the U.S.:

  1. A Form I-20, endorsed for travel and signed by the DSO
  2. Proof of having been out of the United States for less than five months
  3. A current passport valid for at least six months after the date of reentry
  4. A valid, current visa
  5. Financial information showing proof of necessary funds to cover tuition and living expenses

More travel resources may be found below:

 

We hope that you find the information and resources helpful, and we welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments or questions to Anna Horuk at ahoruk@asa.edu

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact international students and SEVP-certified schools. ASA College is closely monitoring crucial developments and will provide further updates to its international students as necessary.

We encourage student to check ASA email accounts and monitor official agencies to remain informed.

 

We hope that you find the information and resources helpful, and we welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments or questions to Anna Horuk at ahoruk@asa.edu