292.5 International Students and Exchange Visitors

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 01/24/2006
Category: 2 - Student Life; 90 - Miscellaneous
 
Originator: Vice President for Student Services
Current File: 292.5
Adoption Date: 11/01/2011
Reviewed for Currency: 11/01/2011
 
Replaces File: 292.5
Date of Origin: 08/28/1974
 
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292.5 International Students and Exchange Visitors

 

A. Background

Furman University has long recognized its responsibility to provide the opportunity for international students and scholars to engage in the academic life of the University.

 

B. Policy

The Office of Admission and the Office for Study Away and International Education are responsible for identifying and attracting academically qualified international students. The Office for Study Away and International Education attempts to ease international students' and exchange visitors' adjustments to the University community and to the United States, and oversees institutional compliance with relevant United States immigration law.

 

C. Guidelines

1. The University adheres to the requirements of the Departments of State and Homeland Security concerning persons requesting and holding F-1 and J-1 visas.

2. International students and exchange visitors must provide the appropriate visa officer with evidence of sufficient financial resources to meet all relevant expenses including tuition, fees, room, board, health insurance and travel.

3. International students must demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency to engage in the regular studies at the University. Exchange visitors must demonstrate to the appropriate visa officer adequate English language proficiency to carry out the activities covered by their visa program.

4. International students and exchange visitors are required to provide proof of health insurance for the period covered by their visa program. Detailed health insurance policy requirements are available on the website of the Office for Study Away and International Education.

5. Office for Study Away and International Education staff issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) for F visa students upon notification of acceptance of the student by the Admission Office. Staff issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form DS-2019) for J visa exchange visitors upon notification by academic departments. Such requests should be made at least three months prior to the desired program start date.

6. The appropriate University department director will notify the Office for Study Away and International Education of those instances where accepted students who have received either Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 did not register on the date expected, are carrying less than a full course of study, or for any reason have terminated attendance. Appropriate action will then be taken according to regulations governin the F or J visa.

7. International students and exchange visitors must comply with additional requirements of their visa, which are outlined on the website of the Office for Study Away and International Education.

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