Non-immigrant international students may apply with CTU for the issuance of a Form I-20 as certificate of eligibility for admission by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to enable students to apply for an F-1 Visa at their local U.S. Consulate or Embassy and enter the U.S. In addition to completing the general admission requirements, international students must submit the following:
International student applicants are required to take one of the following English Proficiency Exams and submit a satisfactory scorel/level at the time of application. The following are the accepted English Proficiency Exams and Scores/Levels:
International students who have not previously taken any of these English proficiency tests can choose to prepare by reviewing on their own or by enrolling in an approved ESL program. Test application requirements, authorized test locations and schedule, testing fees, and other details can be obtained from the respective websites:
International students must submit a certified translation of their non-English transcripts and diplomas. A list of independent translation evaluation services recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators can be obtained from the admissions office.
International students currently on F1 Visa with a valid Form 1-20 issued by another school can apply to transfer and enroll in CTU by completing the general admission requirements, and upon obtaining an acceptance letter , request a transfer/release of their Form I-20 from their previous school.
SEVP places responsibility on the international student to understand and comply with program regulations. This section summarizes the responsibilities for F-1 students. Failure to comply with these responsibilities may jeopardize their F-1 student status.
F-1 students are required to register and enroll in a full course of study each quarter. The following are the CTU’s minimum unit requirements per quarter for F-1 students to maintain full-time registration for each level of study:
Under certain circumstances, F-1 students may be authorized to enroll for less than a full course of study and still meet program regulations for maintaining status. The student should meet one of the criteria listed on the Reduced Course Load Request Form, consult with and obtain approval from the Academic Dean and/or provide medical documentation.
Students must notify the Registrar if they do not intend to register in a given quarter. Students are allowed to apply for a Leave of Absence (non-medical) after attending three consecutive quarters. Any student who does not register for the next quarter after the expiration of a Leave of Absence must apply for readmission and is subject to all current academic and administrative policies and procedures, including any new degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
An F-1 student has permission to study in the United States up to the expected completion date as indicated on the Form I-20.
To request for an extension, the student must demonstrate that additional time is needed because of compelling academic reasons or a documented medical illness. An F-1 student who requires additional time to complete a program should consult with the administrative office to apply for an extension one month before their Form I-20 expires. Students are allowed a maximum of one year extension of their I-20.
Upon graduation, the student has 60 days grace period to either:
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive 12 months of OPT employment authorization 90 days before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or within 60 days after completing their academic studies (post-completion). To apply for OPT, an F-1 student must submit an OPT Request Form to the school and follow the OPT application process.