For an international student, the decision to study in the U.S. takes a lot of planning and preparation, most importantly on the process of getting a student visa. An international student needs to understand what is required after receiving the student visa to ensure an uninterrupted study.
Keep a full-time credit load.
Each school determines the minimum requires full-time enrollment requirements or full course load for international students. The required credit units for each quarter of enrollment may vary depending on whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. This is something that you should check out with the school and know beforehand. In any case that a student cannot comply with this requirement, he or she must notify the school and secure authorization from the school.
Understand international travel requirements.
While in the U.S. in the duration of his or her studies, an international student may travel within the U.S. During travel, a student should make sure to bring copies of his or her immigration documents such as I-20 and passport. One may also travel outside the U.S. and still return to the U.S. to continue his or her studies provided that authorization have been taken from the school.
Make sure to keep your passport and U.S. address current and updated.
You must make sure that your passport has not expired and all your contact information with the school is updated and current. Your passport should at the minimum be valid for 6 months at all times.
Take note of the grace period after the end of your studies.
You should take note of the allowable number of days that you can remain in the U.S. after completion of your studies. F-1 students are allowed a grace period of 60 days while J-1 students have 30 days after the successful completion of the program of study.