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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Current International Students


Financial aid is not available to International students. There are limited scholarships available through International Student Services after the first year of study. The Office of International Studies and Programs offers partial tuition waivers (up to $11,000 per academic year, based on 2017/18 tuition rates) to students whose cumulative GPA is above average.

Maintaining F-1 Visa Status

Graduate students in the Master of Science in Computational Science program are considered full-time if taking at least 10 credits per quarter. U.S. immigration regulations require F-1 international students to register for and complete a full course load (minimum 10 credits) each quarter. An exception to the full-time requirement can be made in their final quarter, in which they may be considered full-time if enrolled in 2 credits for research or thesis and as long as all other coursework has been completed and the proposal has been defended.

Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training

For  students earning a Master's of Science degree in Computational Science, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) will be approved only for Summer Quarter. International students, on a F1 student visa, will need departmental approval prior to being authorized for CPT. The necessary information and signatures will be obtained by completion of the “learning agreement” which can be downloaded from the Career Services website.

For international graduate students looking to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT), they will need to receive their department’s approval as part of the OPT application.  Application forms for OPT can be obtained by the International Student Advisor at the Office of international Studies and Programs. Students should be in their last quarter, have submitted their request for a folder check, and be on track for completion of their thesis or project.

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