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International Studies - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q: Is there anything I must do to maintain my status as a student with an F-1 visa?
A: The most important thing to remember is that you must be a full-time student while you are in the U.S. on an F-1 visa. At Clark College, this means you must take at least 12 units per quarter and attend three consecutive quarters to be considered a full-time student. There are many other rules to be aware of, too. Please see your International Student Advisor if you have any doubt about your status.
 
Q: One of my classes is too difficult and I need to drop it. What should I do?
A: Please see your International Academic Advisor in the Advising Office. She can help you make the changes you need and make sure you remain in status.
 
Q: Does Clark College have scholarships for international students?
A: In 2007-2008, our first international student scholarship was awarded. The recipients of the Reza & Mahin Serjoie Scholarship were students from Jordan (2007-2008) and from Japan (2008-2009). International students are welcome to visit the Financial Aid office to find out about other scholarships they may be eligible to apply for.
 
Q: I want to take a trip outside the U.S. what should I do?
A: If you plan to travel outside the U.S. or return home for a visit, you must get a permission signature from your International Student Advisor in order to re-enter the U.S. You must get the signature at least one week before you depart. You may need to apply for a Visitor’s Visa to travel to Canada or to countries other than your home country.
 
Q: Where can I get a job to earn extra money?
A: You cannot work anywhere except Clark College. Exceptions to this are Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please see your International Student Advisor for information.
 
Q: To which 4-year Universities/Colleges do International Students from Clark College transfer?
A: The Most Popular Transfer Schools are Washington State University -Vancouver, Portland State University, University of Portland, and Oregon State University.

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