The majority of F-1 students must purchase insurance, although there are few exceptions. Please see Health Insurance.
The I-94 card is your Arrival/Departure Record. You will receive this card on the airplane prior to arrival in the U.S. Upon entering the U.S., immigration will stamp the card and retain the "arrival" half; you will retain the "departure" half. Keep the card stapled into your passport at all times.
Students with a F-1 visa already studying in the U.S., no matter what degree level, must have your SEVIS record "transferred" to the Saint Mary’s University. Only one school at a time is allowed access to your SEVIS record. In order for Saint Mary’s University to issue your I-20, your international student adviser at your current school will need to transfer your SEVIS record to Saint Mary’s. Please read the required steps and documents above.
There are a limited number of on-campus employment opportunities for students attending our Minneapolis or Winons campuses. There are no on-campus employment opportunities at the Rochester, Minnetonka, Oakdale or Apple Valley Centers.
After completing 1 full academic year of course work at Saint Mary’s University, international students can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) which authorizes full-time (40 hours a week) within the US. OPT is granted by the US-CIS and requires a completed application and fee paid.
Social security numbers are issued to international students who are authorized for off-campus employment. A Social Security number will not be issued for non-work purposes.
Yes. Undergraduate students are required to register for at least 12 credits each academic quarter and graduate students must register for at least 6 credits. An ESL class will count towards that minimum.