International Students

International student guidelines for summer term and semester away participation.

Summer Here
During The Arch, students must enroll in at least 12-credits. If an international student takes a leave of absence and does not participate in The Arch for a full 12-credits, they must depart the United States and obtain a new initial status I-20 before returning, also completing the Rensselaer Readmission process.

Semester Away
Please see the ISSS Current Students: The Arch website for detailed information about how your semester choice works with your immigration status here.

Yes. You will need to communicate this with the appropriate department (based on which experience you choose) to have the opportunity approved. The office of International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS) will advise you on how to maintain your immigration status.

No. Each semester-away experience will impact your immigration status differently.

Possibly. You will need to speak with ISSS to determine if you need a new I-20.

ISSS is your main source of information on how your immigration status may be impacted by The Arch.

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