Current International Students

Kimberly Trotter
Assistant Advisor
Union 308
DSU Box 3232
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: 662.846.4574
F: 662.846.4580

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.

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Countries Represented

American Samoa
Costa Rica
New Zealand
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
South Korea
Turks & Caicos

Maintaining Your F1 Student Visa


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.

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.


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 in order to maintain an active status, please contact International Student Services no less than 2 months prior to visa expiration.

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

Undergraduate and graduate international students can work on campus as Regular Student Employees (RSE) but do not qualify for Federal Work Study (FWS). Graduate students can also work on-campus as a Graduate Assistant (GA).

On-Campus Guidelines & Application Process
Resume Tips
Sample Letter for On-Campus Employer
Sample Letter for Social Security Office
Statesmen Connect
GA Application
Employment Contacts

Regular Student Employment (RSE)

  • For all students, graduate or undergraduate
  • Availability depends on individual on-campus departmental openings
  • Hourly pay based on current U.S. minimum wage rate
  • Work hours depend on individual department

Graduate Assistant (GA)

  • For full-time graduate students only
  • Availability depends on individual on-campus department openings
  • Financial amount received and work hours vary depending on individual departments

Off-Campus Employment

Curricular Practical Training Information and Forms
CPT Guidelines & Application Process
Resume Tips
CPT Academic Advisor Sample Letter
CPT Employer Sample Letter
Sample Letter for Social Security Office

Optional Practical Training Information and Forms
Pre-Completion OPT Guidelines & Application Process
Post-Completion OPT Guidelines & Application Process
Resume Tips

OPT Employer Sample Letter
Sample Letter for Social Security Office

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

Access the insurance company’s home page here.