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
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
Your International Student Advisor should be the first person you talk to if you have any questions pertaining to the following:
International Student Support Services
Recovering Lost Documentation
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 advising is provided during specified hours. Please check with your individual location for details.
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.Read More
- 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.
For F-1 Transfers
On Campus Employment
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.
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.
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.
DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management now offers international students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience before graduation.
DeVry University has recently launched its U.S. Career Experience Program This program can provide international students of DeVry University or its Keller Graduate School of Management with the opportunity to gain valuable on-campus work experience through a paid, part-time job while attending one of DeVry’s eight campuses located in the following metro locations: Chicago, Houston, New York City, District of Columbia (Arlington, VA), Miami Area, San Francisco Area or Los Angeles Area.
International students may work up to 20 hours a week with the potential to earn up to $10/hour.
This is an exceptional opportunity to develop in one or several of the following specialist roles: Business Development; Marketing; Student Services, Admissions and Community Outreach.
For additional information or to apply for the program, please email:
U.S. Career Experience Program