F-1 Student Guidance

F-1 Student Overview

For over 100 years, BHU continues to graduate global leaders from all over the world. We are proud to support our growing international student population during their time of study here in the U.S.

Here at Beulah, the International Student Affairs (ISA) Office is devoted to the success and advancement of our students on the F-1 visa. Our goal is to provide the services and support that will encourage our students to grow academically, professionally, and culturally.

The International Student Affairs Office provides guidance to F-1 Students in the following areas:

  • F-1 Visa Guidance
  • SEVIS Registration
  • Form I-20 Issuance
  • Transfer In/Out Process
  • Employment Authorization/Optional Practical Training (OPT)

As you move forward on this journey towards obtaining your degree in the states, remember, we are here for you!

Office of International Student Affairs

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International Student Forms:

We encourage all BHU F-1 students to download the International Student Handbook below and familiarize themselves with the current Student Catalog to stay up to date on the processes and procedures for F-1 students.

Download Below:

The deadline for submission was April 11th, so this form is no longer available online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the full course load requirement?

Students are required to enroll in a full course of study to abide by the regulations of the F-1 student visa.

Please see the below requirement breakdown:

  • ESL = 12 semester hours
  • Undergraduate (AA, BA or BBA) = 12 credit hours = 4 classes
  • Graduate (MA, M.Div, or MBA) 9 credit hours = 3 classes
  • Doctoral (D.Min or Ph.D.) = 6 credit hours = 2 classes
Can I be approved to drop below a full course load?

If a student drops a course without authorization and it takes them below the required full-time enrollment, the student is not maintaining status according to the F-1 visa and risks the immediate cancelation of the Form I-20.

Therefore, students must be approved to drop below a full course load BEFORE classes are dropped. Failure to consult a DSO and receive approval will result in the record termination.

Students must submit the Drop Below Request Form to dso@beulah.edu if they meet any of the below criteria.

Students may receive approval to drop below full course level if he or she:

  • Has a major medical circumstance (Must submit a letter from a medical
  • Improper Academic Course Placement (Student must provide a letter from
    academic advisor)
  • Student will be Graduating (Student must provide degree audit indicating remaining credits)


Please Note: If the university cancels the class and the student has nothing else to enroll in, the student will be allowed to drop below the full time.

How do I update my address?

One important piece of information that must be kept up to date in SEVIS is your address. If you move to a new residence and your address changes, you must report this to our office within 10 days of the change. 

Therefore, if your contact information changes at any point during your time at BHU, please email all updates to dso@beulah.edu so our records stay up to date. 

Can I travel outside the U.S.?

International Students May Travel during the Summer, Fall Break, and Spring Break. 

Student will need to present Form I-20 to a DSO for Travel Endorsement on the 2nd page

If Student is traveling During the Semester He/She Must Contact Professor Regarding Travel Plans and ensure that they maintain satisfactory attendance.

For more information from the Department of Homeland Security, please CLICK HERE.

What is the Process for OPT?

Degree level applicants may apply to participate in post-completion OPT after completing their program of study. If you are authorized for post-completion OPT, you may work part-time (20 hours or less per week) or full time. 

Eligible students are able to apply for post-completion OPT up to 90 days before your program end date and no later than 60 days after the program end date. 

For more information on the OPT process, download our Optional Practical Training Review form. 

Meet our International Team

You can reach us by emailing dso@beulah.edu.

Jasmine Douglas


Domitila Bicudo


Priscilla Tennant


Georgia Skinner


What to do next:

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