Working with International Students and Scholars
For SLU Staff and Faculty
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In general, international students must maintain a full-time course load. International students must have prior authorization from the Office of International Services before dropping below full time.
International students may drop below full time only ONCE for any of the following reasons:
- Difficulties with the English language
- Difficulties with American teaching method
- Enrollment in an improper course level
- Medical reasons (documentation from a physician required)
Students may be less than full-time in the last semester of study if they do not need a full-time course load to complete their program. The Office of International Services MUST be informed of this at the beginning of the student's last semester.
International students are permitted to count only one online course (three credits) per semester toward the required number of credits to be enrolled as a full-time student. A student may be enrolled in more than one online course as long as only one course counts toward the full-time course load requirement.
Changes to Curriculum
The Office of International Services is required to report to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) any additions or changes to Saint Louis University's curriculum or programs. Please keep our office informed of any new majors created, new programs added or programs deleted. If international students want to change their major, they must complete a "Change of Program" form with the Office of International Services. The advisor of the new degree program will need to provide a letter indicating their support for the change.
Leaving the University
If international students withdraw from the University, they have 15 days to leave the United States. Academic advisors and faculty are asked to contact our office if an international student has indicated that they are leaving or have been absent from classes for all or most of the semester.
International students are permitted to work on campus up to 20 hours per week when school is in session. During official university breaks, they can work over 20 hours a week. The Office of International Services must have a letter of employment from your department before we can authorize a student to obtain a Social Security Number. An example of a letter can be found at International Student Forms page. More information on employment options.
If you would like to invite an international scholar or researcher to SLU, your department should submit a request form to the Office of International Services and we will provide the immigration documentation for that individual. Please allow additional time when submitting these requests or requesting renewals of J visa documents. Also, the dependents of J scholars and researchers will be required to have their own documents.
Due to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requirements, the Office of International Services is required to maintain information on all J-1 scholars and researchers. Upon arrival to the university, international scholars and researchers are required to report to the Office of International Services the following circumstances:
- Their arrival
- Their beginning of their SLU program participation (no later than 30 days following the program start date on their visa documents)
- Their departure from the University or termination of their J-1 program from SLU