127
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international retention rate
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countries represented

International Student Services
Navigating Success: Explore Your Course

Welcome!

Delta State University welcomes international students to the Mississippi Delta – providing them with a HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME experience. International students receive assistance, guidance and advice from application through post-graduation.

Are you interested in attending Delta State University?

Check out our International Admissions webpage for details regarding the application process and other vital information you will need to know.

Are you currently enrolled at Delta State University?

Click on the Current Student tab for information you will both need and find useful while you are a Delta State student.

Prospective Students

Am I eligible to apply?
When should I apply?
How do I apply?
Who should I talk to for more information?

Our International Admissions webpage contains the answers to these questions, details regarding the application process, and other vital information potential undergraduate and graduate students need to know.

Current Students

Welcome to Delta State, your HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME, located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta! On these pages, you will find a convenient collection of links and documents with answers and information specific to you, the international student.

Your international advisors provide assistance, guidance, and advice throughout your time at Delta State, as well as post-graduation.

As you connect with the Student Success Center’s Division of International Student Services, you will find out why so many students choose to make Delta State University their HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME.

General Information/Forms

Administrative Fee

DSU does not require an out-of-state fee, which most universities use to help fund their international offices, so DSU requires all international students to pay an administrative fee at the beginning of each semester. The fee is automatically posted to your student account and can be paid through MyDSU when paying tuition, insurance, or other student fees. This fee is used to assist International Student Services with DSU van rentals, student events, international student materials, support staff, etc.

Dining and Meal Plan Options

FERPA – Consent to Release Academic Information Link

On-Campus Housing

New Student Information

Payment Plan Questions & Answers

Returning Student Travel Guidelines and Dates

What to Bring-Expect

Weekly Walmart Van Trip Schedule

Maintaining Your F1 Student Visa

Arrival

Check-in with International Student Services, Union 308, within 5 days of arrival on campus at the beginning of each semester and after breaks/holidays. Be sure to bring your I-20, visa, and passport. After any international travel an updated I-94 must be printed upon check-in with International Student Services.

Departure

Check-out with International Student Services office no less than 5 days prior to leaving campus at the end of each semester and before all breaks/holidays. Be sure to bring your I-20, visa, and passport to make sure that all travel documentation is update. Failure to do so could result in refusal to enter the U.S. by U.S. Customs and Department of Homeland Security.

Academic Regulations

F1 visa regulations require that all international students maintain full-time enrollment status (undergraduate – minimum of 12 academic course hours, graduate – minimum of 9 academic course hours) at all times during fall and spring semesters. Enrollment during summer semester is optional. International students are required to notify International Student Services prior to withdrawing from any academic course.

Personal Information Changes

International students are required to notify International Student Services of any changes to student information (address, phone number, academic major/minor, employment, etc.) within 5 days of the change. International Student Services must then update the student’s information and issue an updated I-20, if needed, within 10 days of the change.

Documents

If any international travel documentation (I-20, passport, visa, I-94, etc.) is lost, stolen, or misplaced, please contact International Student Services immediately.

Active Visa Status

All DSU international students are required to maintain an active F1 visa status throughout enrollment. If an F1 visa needs to be extended to maintain an active status, please contact International Student Services no less than 2 months prior to visa expiration.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

DSU requires all international students be enrolled in DSU’s international student health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled upon acceptance and renewed throughout enrollment. Coverage begins on the program start date (first day of classes) and expires on the program end date/graduation/last date of enrollment. Enrollment/renewal fees are automatically charged to the student account and can be paid at the same time as tuition and other student fees.

Please report any medical appointments or surgeries to International Student Services within 5 days for insurance clarification and processing. Any information not submitted in a timely manner may result in the denial of insurance payment, in which case the student will be responsible for any and all charges occurred. If you miss class for any reason, please contact your individual teachers and coach immediately.

How to Create an Online Account

Important Instructions Regarding Your Insurance

Insurance Summary of Coverage

Access the insurance company’s home page here.

Transportation

Transportation

2017-2018 Travel Guidelines and Dates

How to Apply for a Mississippi Driver’s License

Weekly Walmart Van Trip Schedule:
International Student Services provides a weekly Walmart trip each Wednesday afternoon at 2pm. Students that wish to attend the van trip will need to sign up in the international office (Union 204) before 4pm each Tuesday to ensure a spot on the van/van rental. Students that have signed up for the van trip will need to meet in the international office by 2pm for the scheduled pick up and cane expect return to campus by approximately 4pm.

Employment Options

All on-campus and off-campus employment must be pre-approved by DSU’s International Student Services and meet United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulations.  Any unapproved employment can/will result in visa termination. For more information, please contact International Student Services, (662) 846-4574, Union 308.

On Campus Employment

On Campus Employment

Undergraduate and graduate F1 visa students are eligible to work on campus as a Regular Student Employee (RSE). Graduate level F1 students are also eligible to work on campus as a Graduate Assistant (GA). Employment availability depends on individual on-campus departmental openings and work hours depend on the individual department’s needs. For more information, please see the On Campus Guidelines & Application Process form below.

On Campus Guidelines & Application Process
On Campus Employer Sample Letter
Social Security Office Sample Letter
Resume Tips

Curriculum Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows F1 students to gain off-campus employment through work or internship in their field of study. The employment can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, eligible for academic course credit, and must be pre-approved by International Student Services and current academic advisor before employment can begin. For more information, please see the CPT Guidelines & Application Process form below.

CPT Guidelines & Application Process
CPT Employer Sample Letter
CPT Academic Advisor Sample Letter
Social Security Office Sample Letter
Resume Tips

Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (Pre-Completion OPT)

Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (Pre-Completion OPT)

Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (Pre-Completion OPT)  allows F1 students to gain off-campus employment while enrolled in their degree program through work or internship in their field of study. The employment can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, and must be pre-approved by International Student Services before employment can begin. For more information, please see the Pre-Completion OPT Guidelines & Application Process form below.

Pre-Completion OPT Guidelines & Application Process
Pre-Completion OPT Employer Sample Letter
Social Security Office Sample Letter
Resume Tips

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-Completion OPT)

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-Completion OPT)

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-Completion OPT)  allows F1 students to gain off-campus employment upon completion of their degree program through work or internship in their field of study. The employment can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, and must be pre-approved by International Student Services before employment can begin. For more information, please see the Post-Completion OPT Guidelines & Application Process form below.

Post-Completion OPT Guidelines & Application Process
Post-Completion OPT Employer Guidelines & Letter
Sample Letter for Social Security Office
Resume Tips

International Student Association (ISA)

All current international students are members of the International Student Association. ISA organizes fun events that promote cross-cultural awareness to bridge the gap between international and local students. One of the signature events is the “Taste of the Nations” food fest, held each March during International Student Month, and international students prepare displays, presentations, and food from their home countries. ISA also holds monthly meetings that allow international students to fellowship and receive important information such as: upcoming local and campus events, off/on-campus employment regulations, maintaining immigration status, banking, and much more.

Mission

The mission of the International Student Association is to create the best possible environment for every international student, provide assistance, and integrate international students with DSU students, faculty, staff, and community.

CONTACT
Whitney Delaney
Admissions Specialist
Union 204; DSU Box 3232
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: 662.846.4574
F: 662.846.4580


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Countries Represented - Fall 2017

Andorra (1)
Argentina (1)
Australia (3)
Azerbaijan (1)
Bahamas (3)
Bangladesh (1)
Bolivia (1)
Brazil (11)
Cameroon (1)
Canada (9)
China (4)
Columbia (1)
Congo (1)
Curacao (1)
Ecuador (1)
Egypt (1)
England (16)
France (7)
Germany (2)
Ghana (1)
Guatemala (1)
Haiti (3)
Ireland (3)
Israel (1)
Italy (3)
Kenya (2
Kyrgyzstan (1)
Morocco (1)
Nepal (1)
Netherlands (2)
New Zealand (2)
Nigeria (11)
Pakistan (3)
Peru (2)
Poland (1)
Russia (3)
Saudi Arabia (2)
Scotland (1)
Senegal (2)
Serbia (1)
South Korea (5)
Spain (2)
Tajikistan (1)
Turkey (2)
Vietnam (3)