Non-immigrant international students may apply with CTSB for the issuance of a Form I-20 as certificate of eligibility for admission by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to enable a student 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 score/level at the time of application. The following are the accepted English Proficiency Exams and Scores/Levels:
TOEFL Score reports must be sent to the CTSB Admissions Office directly from the testing agency using CTSB School Code C229.
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 may request an exemption from the language exam requirements if they:
International students with non-English credentials must submit a certified translation of their non-English transcripts and diplomas. The Office of Admissions may require credential evaluation of transcripts with an independent credential evaluation service.
International students currently on F1 Visa with a valid Form I-20 issued by another school can apply to transfer and enroll in CTSB 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.
The Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) of the USCIS 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 Chief Academic Officer and/or provide medical documentation.
Students must notify the Registrar’s Office 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. If you are completing your program, you may not take your final quarter as vacation. 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:
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is employment authorization that allows an F-1 student to engage in an off-campus academic internship (paid or unpaid) that is a required part or an integral part of the academic curriculum. CTSB offers part-time CPT of up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Eligible students register for the MA750 Curricular Practical Training course and receive (2) units upon successful completion. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
Practical Training syllabus (i.e. employer evaluation forms, employment journal entries, industry trend reports etc).
The following is the CPT application and enrollment process:
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.