United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) regulations require international students to
register for courses subject to the specific requirements for maintenance of their visa. Please contact the
Office of International Programs (Howarth Hall, Room 215; 253.879.2871) for further information.
International Student Regulations (F-1 Visa)
Students attending the university on an F-1 visa must follow certain regulations to remain in good standing
with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The university must enforce such
regulations to maintain its approval from the government to enroll F-1 students.
Enrollment requirements for an F-1 student include a minimum of 3.00 units per semester, except for
Summer Session when attendance is optional. Further an F-1 student must successfully complete 3.00
units per semester to maintain normal progress toward a degree.
Any F-1 student who fails to register for a minimum of 3.00 units or who fails to complete 3.00 units
per semester will be subject to dismissal from the university and may be reported to the USCIS.
International students must follow USCIS regulations to continually maintain their F-1 status. USCIS
regulations are outlined on the third page of the I-20 and during International Student Orientation each year.
Contact the International Student Advisor for assistance with these regulations.
All international students and scholars are required to have medical insurance coverage for the duration
of their studies in the United States. Please contact the Office of International Programs (Howarth Hall,
Room 215; 253.879.3652) for further information on coverage requirements and to receive a copy of the
International Student Handbook.
International students are not allowed to take a formal leave of absence from the university unless
they will be out of the country and have obtained prior approval from the director of International Programs.
J-1 (exchange students of non-degree) should consult with International Programs on Department of
State guidelines for maintaining status.