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F-1 Visa StudentsRules & Regulations

Information for F-1 Visa Students

  • International Students are required to be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) each semester unless approved for a reduced course load. Students are required to maintain full time enrollment throughout the semester.
  • Your I-20 is valid for two years. You may qualify for an extension in certain situations. If you need an extension, please complete the I-20 extension form and contact a DSO well before the expiration date to avoid allowing your I-20 to expire. Please remember that it’s your responsibility to check the I-20 Form.

For more information about rules and regulations for F-1 visa students, please visit the Study in the States website.


  • Cross, Katie

  • Director, Advising and Student Success

  • COA – Dare: 104

  • 252-473-2264 ext. 7011

  • Barclift, Brianna

  • Academic Advisor

  • COA – Elizabeth City: AE 133

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2281