International Students Orientation & Support

It's a big task to get acclimated to a new school, especially in a foreign country. DeVry University not only provides new student orientation and the support services you need to thrive, we connect you with an International Student Advisor who offers one-on-one assistance any time.

New International Student Orientation

New International Student Orientation is held at the 8 campuses with designated international student services. In-person attendance is required. You will learn your rights and responsibilities while in F-1 status, meet your International Student Advisor and learn about the Student Service Office.

Important Orientation Notes

Maintaining F-1 Status

Visa and Travel Reminders

International Student Advisors

Maintaining F-1 Status

While studying in the United States, it is important to maintain F-1 student status.

  • Attend and pass all classes
  • If unable to complete program by end date listed on Form I-20, talk with your International Student Advisor (ISA) about requesting possible program extension
  • Take a full course of study each term; if cannot study full-time, contact your International Student Advisor

Do not drop a class without speaking first with your International Student Advisor

Visa and Travel Reminders

  • Keep your passport valid at all times
  • Keep your local address updated with your International Student Advisor at DeVry University
  • Maintain full-time enrollment
  • Get DeVry University Advisor approval before withdrawal from DeVry University
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  • Keep your I-20 form valid at all times
  • Get a travel endorsement
  • International Student Advisors

    Your International Student Advisor should be the first person you talk to if you have any questions pertaining to the following:

  • Change of major, program, or degree level
  • Change of education level
  • Transfer to a new school or take a leave of absence
  • Take a break from school
  • Travel outside the United States
  • Move to a new address
  • Request a program extension
  • International Student Support Services

    Housing Assistance

    Academic Support/Tutoring

    Recovering Lost Documentation

    Housing Assistance

    DeVry University helps students secure living arrangements; however, formal housing assistance is not provided to online students or to those attending DeVry's New York locations. The following housing options may be available:

    • Private apartments – The Housing Office maintains a current list of apartments in the school's vicinity. A security deposit, equal to the first month's rent, is generally required in advance to secure these apartments. A rental or credit history may also be required. Leasing terms are established between apartment complexes/owners and students.
    • Student plan housing – Students must submit a reservation fee and form to the campus to reserve a furnished, shared apartment. All subsequent housing fees are paid to DeVry. Student plan housing provides convenient, affordable housing during early terms.
    • Private rooms – The Housing Office maintains a current list of private rooms in private residences. Accommodations vary. Leasing terms are established between property owners and students.
    • DeVry housing – DeVry's Fremont campus offers on-campus housing at the new Taylor Hall. Educational programs, activities, and services at Taylor Hall are designed to complement student learning and personal growth beyond the classroom.
    • Additional information, including approximate housing costs, is available in the housing information packet or from the campus Student Housing Office. Students who need help locating housing or who have problems related to living arrangements should contact the Student Housing Office.

    Academic Support/Tutoring

    Academic advising is provided during specified hours. Please check with your individual location for details.

    Recovering Lost Documentation

    If any important documentation, such as passport, visa or arrival-departure records (Form I-94), are lost or stolen at any point during your time at DeVry, notify your International Student Advisor immediately. Then refer to the U.S. Department of State website for help in replacing these documents.

    On Campus Employment

    Working on campus at DeVry University can help make your education more affordable. It can also help you get connected with the broader DeVry community.

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    • Work at any qualifying on-campus job found at www.hiredevry.com
    • Work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and full-time during those periods when school is not in session or during break
    • Report your work to your International Student Advisor at DeVry University and receive an updated Form I-20 to present to the Social Security Administration in order to be able to receive a Social Security number

    See below for the employment permission options for F-1 students at DeVry University.

    Employment Permission

    Eligibility

    Requirements

    For F-1 Transfers

    Eligibility

    If an F-1 student finishes a program (such as a bachelor's degree) and starts another program of study at the same campus, the student may continue on-campus employment as long as the student plans to enroll in the new program of study for the next term.

    An F-1 student, who is enrolled in school, maintains status, and follows the guidelines for on-campus employment may continue to work. The F-1 student should keep International Student Advisor informed of any changes in employer and hours.

    Requirements

    An F-1 student working on-campus may participate in CPT or pre-completion OPT before the program end date. The F-1 student’s total work hours for each type of work may not exceed 20 hours while school is in session. In this context, the F-1 student must remember that the primary purpose for being in the United States and way of maintaining status is enrollment at DeVry University.

    An F-1 student cannot work on-campus after graduation unless continuing education at the next program level at DeVry University.

    An F-1 student must speak with International Student Advisor within 10 days of changing jobs. This will allow International Student Advisor to ensure the new position qualifies as on-campus employment and to ensure DeVry University has the correct employment information in the student's SEVIS record.

    For F-1 Transfers

    When an F-1 student transfers to DeVry University, on-campus employment is available to the student only at DeVry University after the record release date. The F-1 student cannot work at the prior school after that date.  DeVry University can authorize work starting within 30 days of the program start date.