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Pre-Departure Information

A Special Note to International Students

International students often face additional challenges related to paperwork (e.g. visas) and travel arrangements when studying outside the United States. International students are asked to start the application process early and to work with the OCP office in completing all paperwork in a timely manner.

If there are any international students (those with F-1 student status) planning to take your interim/semester program, please be aware of the following:


1. These students must have a passport that will not expire for at least 6 months after travel dates.
2. These students must have their I-20 (signed on page 3).
3. These students should hand in their current I-94 to the airline or customs officials as they depart the U.S. A new one will be issued upon re-entry to the U.S.
4. If the student’s U.S. visa in his/her passport is current and will not expire during the interim, there are no concerns about travel abroad in regard to the visa.
5. If the student’s current visa is expired or will expire while abroad, the student will have to apply for a new visa in the country where the interim takes place. The student must immediately take his/her passport and I-20, an official transcript from Calvin, and financial documentation to the U.S. embassy upon arrival. This is to make certain the process can be completed by the time the interim is finished and the student must return to the U.S.
6. If the student is abroad for the semester preceding your interim course, he/she may be in danger of overstaying the 5-month limit for absence from the U.S. Check with Jo Cooper, Admissions Immigration Coordinator, jcooper@calvin.edu for advice regarding SEVIS regulations.