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OISS Reminders


Dear international students and scholars,

We write to offer you some helpful reminders as you begin or continue your program at the University of Delaware. Please do not hesitate to contact OISS anytime you have questions about your immigration status or experience at UD.

OISS Communications

We recommend that you regularly check your UD email and the OISS web site for important updates about immigration information and other programs of interest.

Orientation for new students and scholars

If you are a new graduate, undergraduate or ELI international student at UD, you must attend International Student Orientation. This mandatory program provides important information on how to maintain your immigration status and other presentations and resources to assist you in settling in at UD and into the local community. For more details on the program and schedule, please visit the OISS ISO web site at:

For new J-1 visiting scholars, OISS organizes a monthly orientation program. Please check the OISS Events Calendar for more information on times and location.

Your I-20 or DS-2019

Always make sure that your I-20 or DS-2019 form is current and valid. If your document will expire in the near future and you plan to continue your program beyond the end date, please extend it before the expiration date. Your immigration status will be at risk if you do not extend your document before it expires. More information is available at:

Updating your U.S. address

Please make sure that you always have an updated local U.S. address in UDSIS. It is your responsibility to update your information within 10 days of the change. See instructions.

Full time enrollment

Please make sure you are registered full-time in classes every semester (9 credits for graduate students, 6 credits for Graduate Assistants, 12 credits for undergraduates). If you need to drop below full time, you must complete a reduced course load form and obtain approval from OISS. If you drop below full course load without authorization, your I-20 will be terminated. Find the reduced course load form on the Undergraduate and Graduate Students forms page. Read more at:

Travel Signature

Are you planning a trip outside of the U.S.? Please contact OISS to make sure that all your documents are in order and that you have the necessary signatures before you travel. ELI students must see an OISS adviser before any travel outside the U.S. You can read more about travel and re-entry at:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

If you are planning to apply for CPT to work or do an internship in your field of study over the summer or winter break, please review application procedures and timeline at:

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

If you are graduating and have not yet applied for OPT, please note that your OPT application needs to be received by immigration within 60 days of your completion date. More information about OPT can be found at:

Programs and Events

A calendar of events for international students and scholars is available on the OISS website. Please visit for more information on activities, sessions, and workshops happening this fall.

Weekly Coffee Hour

OISS hosts this fun weekly social event every fall and spring semester over coffee, tea, delicious refreshments, live music and great conversation. Meet up with other new and return students and scholars, and learn about different cultures from around the world. More information:

International Student Essay Contest

In the spring, OISS co-sponsors an essay contest in which international students can tell their stories about their experiences as a student at UD and in the U.S. Submit an essay for a chance to win $750! Second prize: $500; third prize: $250. For more information, please visit:

Stay Connected!

We encourage you to follow OISS on social media for immediate updates on programming events and activities designed to help you succeed and adjust to life at UD! Check out our social media page: