International Student Office
International Student Office (ISO)
Monday through Friday 9am to 4:30pm Room 207
What does the ISO do?
The ISO serves all incoming and currently enrolled international students at North American College and Gulf Language School. The ISO assists students in maintaining their legal status in the United States, provides support for their dependents, and promotes interaction with and integration into the North American College/ Gulf Language School community.
When to Seek ISO Help
Please be aware that while ISO is here to help you maintain your non-immigrant status, your status is ultimately your responsibility. Seek advice when in doubt and open all e-mails from our office.
The following is a quick reminder of when you should seek assistance from the ISO. As always, seeking assistance early provides you the greatest number of options and maximum flexibility. This is especially true in time-sensitive situations.
Situations that are time-sensitive and must be reported to the ISO:
- Changing your degree objective from what is listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 form.
- You plan to quit school.
- You would like to change your immigration status.
- Your I-20 or DS-2019 will expire before you complete your degree objective (i.e. program).
- You would like to work off-campus in the near future (i.e. within the next 6 months).
- You are planning not to enroll during a fall or spring semester.
- You are experiencing difficulties with your studies.
- You have not maintained your F-1 or J-1 status (i.e. you are out of status).
- During your (or your family’s) last entrance to the U.S. an official at the port of entry made an error on your documents or gave you an immigration form to file (most likely form I-515A).
- You are planning to travel outside the U.S.
Situations where the ISO can offer expert advice:
- You are not sure what employment options or restrictions you have on your student visa.
- You are experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties arising after you last entered the U.S.
- You are facing a problem with the university/department or your living arrangements and do not know who can help. (The ISO in most cases will refer you to the appropriate office for assistance.)
- You or your family members are unclear about the process involved in applying for a U.S. visa stamp.
- You are unsure of your student visa requirements.
- You have relied on your friend(s) for immigration information/advice and now want confirmation of your status.
- You are making plans that you think may have immigration implications.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ):
How does the the ISO define an international student?
Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F1 or J1 visa to study in the United States.
Can the application fee be deferred for international students?
The application fee can be deferred for international students only in special cases. Students must contact the Office of Admissions for approval.
Can I study part time?
No, international students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 quarter credits.
Are international students required to take the SAT or ACT?
No, international students are not required to take the SAT or ACT, but it is recommended, if available
Does North American College offer conditional admission?
Yes, North American College offers Gulf Language School classes to students who meet our academic requirements but do not yet meet our English proficiency requirements.
Is the TOEFL required for students who have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher?
No, the college does not require the TOEFL for students who have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher.
How long is a TOEFL/IELTS score valid?
The TOEFL/IELTS score is valid for two years.
I have sent my application to the ISO. What happens next?
Once we receive your materials, we will send you a letter to confirm the receipt of your application. If admitted, an acceptance letter and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) will be mailed to you.
Are international students required to pay an advance tuition deposit?
No, international students are not required to pay an advance tuition deposit. You must notify the Office of Admissions of your decision to attend.
Can international students work on campus?
Yes, on-campus employment is the only legal employment for international students.
What should I do to get a student visa?
Most international students attending North American College and Gulf Language School carry (F1) visas. After you are admitted you will receive an acceptance letter and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form). In order to obtain a student visa, present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) to a United States embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State offers more information about obtaining a student visa.
Do I need to submit an immunization record?
Yes, all students must submit an immunization record.
Do I need health insurance?
Yes, all international students are required to have health insurance.
Can I defer my offer of admission?
The ISO admits students for a specific term. If you wish to enroll for a term later than that for which you are admitted, you must submit a new application with updated transcripts. Your application fee is good for one academic year (fall through summer terms). Applications and supporting documents are kept for one calendar year.
Do I have to attend the International Student Orientation?
The International Student Orientation helps students with their transition to North American College, and all newly admitted international students are required to attend at the beginning of each academic term.
What services does the U.S. government offer to international students?
Check with the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for services available for international students.
What do I need to do before traveling outside of the U.S.?
Prior to traveling, make sure you bring in your 1-20/DS-2019 for a travel signature. If your dependents are traveling they need signatures on their I-20 as well.
What if my address changes while I’m in the United States?