F-1/J-1 Visa Requirements

All new International Students must check in with ISSS prior to being allowed to enroll. Students holding F-1 or J-1 Visas must enroll for a minimum of 9.0 credits each Fall or Spring semester unless one of the following circumstances exist and a Certification of Full-Time Enrollment Form is approved and on file with the International Student and Scholars Services office:

  • The student taking the doctoral qualifying examinations within the next 4 months; approval by Director required.
  • The student is in the last semester and requires less than 9.0 credits to complete the degree (remaining credits for degree required).
  • Other special circumstances exist (approval by academic advisor or the Dean of Graduate Studies required).

F-1 or J-1 Visas holders are not required to be enrolled during the Summer Sessions. International students can find other helpful information at ISSS.

Academic Plans

An approved Academic Plan is necessary for all international students prior to enrolling for the first time. Only courses shown on your approved plan will count toward your degree requirements. 


If you expect to graduate this semester, please review our Graduation Requirements and Commencement Information.

Health Insurance Requirements

All full-time students and all international students on a J-1 or F-1 visa are required to have health insurance. All full-time students will be charged for health insurance unless a waiver is applied for. Information on the policy and waivers is available on the Web at http://www.universityhealthplans.com. Please review the brochure for payment information on dependent coverage.

Health Services Requirements

All new full time students are required to fill out a Student Health Record Form. More information can be found at the Health Services web site where you can find information on student immunization requirements and meningitis disease.

One of the many Stevens resources available to students is Health Services. These services include health promotion and disease prevention, care during acute and chronic phases of illness, and referrals to outside providers when appropriate.