Studying abroad gives students an international experience related to one’s field of study, other country’s culture, economy, way of living, and others. To have that, the first step is to secure a student visa. There are a lot of questions applicants have in getting a student visa and here are some of the most asked questions.
As long you are in your student visa status, the F-1 visa allows you to stay in the country, but to keep that status, you must be enrolled in full-time studies in a college or university in the US. There are actually 4,700 institutions to choose from. Also, even if the visa has expired, as long as the school keeps your SEVIS information updated and is properly in status, one may stay in the United States. But then if there is a need to travel, as soon as one leaves the United States, another visa must be secured to come back.
It is a common thing for students to shift from one course to another since it is really difficult to choose what course of study would best fit you. When studying in a foreign country, this is not a big issue. According to a consular officer, a college or a university is not a factor when looking at student visas. The most important thing is the information in the I-20 form. As long as the student has an I-20 from the school where they want to study, there is no problem at all. In changing programs or course of studies, it’s important to reach out to the international student services officer for your institution and explain what you plan to do. For transferring of schools, you’re going to transfer your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) account and you’ll need to have your new institution to issue you and I-20 form. There’s a process in doing that. In terms of changing your course of study or major, you just have to update the institution in where you’re enrolled.
You may still have a lot of questions, but the country’s website offers a lot of information about studying abroad and international education experience. You may visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html.