Navigating Success: Explore Your Course
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?
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
F1 visa regulations require the following during fall and spring semesters.
- Undergraduate – Must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours per semester with at least 9 hours instructed in-person/face-to-face. Zoom/virtual video meetings are not approved to replace necessary in-person/face-to-face hours.
- Graduate – Must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours per semester with at least 6 hours instructed in-person/face-to-face. Zoom/virtual video meetings are not approved to replace necessary in-person/face-to-face hours.
International students are required to notify International Student Services prior to withdrawing from any academic courses and/or change of major.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows F1 students to participate in off-campus internship, cooperative education, practicum, or employment that is directly related to their current program of study. The work can be paid or unpaid and students are eligible to work full-time (20+ hrs/wk) or part-time (-20 hrs/wk). In addition, the work must be eligible for academic course credit and pre-approved by International Student Services before the student can begin working. Any off-campus work (paid or unpaid) that is not pre-approved by International Student Services will be considered unlawful by the US Department of Homeland Security and is grounds for visa/immigration status termination and deportation.
For more information, please see the CPT Guidelines & Application Process form below.
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.
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.
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.
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.