F-1 visa students are required by U.S. immigration regulations to maintain full-time status while studying in the United States. At De Anza, full-time attendance means the student must ENROLL AND COMPLETE a minimum of 12 units of coursework each Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter. (You are not required to take any classes during summer vacation or winter and spring breaks)
Exceptions to the Full-Time Enrollment Requirement:
Taking less than 12 units each quarter is only permissible for the following reasons upon approval by the International Student Programs:
- English language difficulties.
- Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods or reading requirements.
- Improper course level placement.
- Valid health/medical reasons.
Come to the ISP office to speak to an immigration advisor if you have questions.
International students can include online courses as part of a full course load. A maximum of 3 units will be counted towards the full course load. For example, if you register for a 5-unit online course, only 3 of the 5 units will be counted towards the required 12-unit load. If you register for a minimum of 12 regular course load, then you can add as many online units as you want above the 12 units.
See Winter 2017 deadlines for add/drop dates. Keep in mind:
- No Late Adds or Drops will be accepted. All adds and no show drops must be completed the first two weeks of the 12-week term (or by deadlines in MyPortal for late starting/nonconforming classes).
- "W" (Withdraw) is now assigned instead of “Grade of no Record” as in past terms.*
*Note: a 'W' is not a grade. Therefore, it doe not count toward your full course load (12 units). Please come to the ISP office to meet with an immigration advisor before dropping any class.
Taking more than 21.5 Units?
Students who wish to take more than 21.5 units, must petition through the ISP office during the first week of the quarter. Obtain an add code from the professor and then come to the ISP office. Petitions will not be considered before the first day of classes.
If you wish to take a class at another school like Foothill College while you are a full time student at De Anza College, you can do it through Concurrent Enrollment . You must complete the form and have it approved/signed by a counselor in the ISP office before you are allowed to take classes at another institution.
IMPORTANT: You must follow policies/regulations for adding/dropping, paying fees, etc. of the school where you will be taking a class.
Paying Tuition & Fees
The Winter 2017 deadline for international students to pay is January 20th!
- You can pay online through MyPortal, by mailing a check, or in person at the Cashier (Registration & Student Services Building). De Anza does not accept wire transfers for payment!
Seeing a counselor
We now have international student academic counselors in the ISP office! Read these guidelines on when to drop in or schedule an appointment. Keep in mind:
- Drop-in hours ONLY during the first week of winter quarter
- You must come into the ISP office to schedule an appointment; no appointments will be made by phone or email).
Health Insurance cards are emailed to students quarterly within the first 2 weeks of a new quarter. If you do not receive yours, please send an email to Angelica Strongone with your full name and De Anza ID# to request a copy.
Important note about the health insurance fees: The health insurance fee is NOT automatically refunded if a student drops all classes from De Anza. It is the students' responsibility to contact the ISP office before the end of your last quarter at De Anza College. Failing to notify the ISP office will mean that you are responsible for health insurance fees charges.
Going outside the U.S.? Traveling home for break?
You need to submit your I-20 to the ISP office. Remember there are hundreds of requests for winter & summer break so submit yours early to make sure it's ready in time for your departure date.
3. Bring a PHOTO ID to pick up your I-20.
If you decide to leave De Anza College, you must notify the International Student Programs and complete the EXIT Form. ISP staff must transfer or terminate your SEVIS record properly.
Also, please check MyPortal to make sure you don't have outstanding fees on your account. If you do, be sure to pay your financial responsibility. Accounts left with holds, tuition and/or health insurance outstanding fees will become a problem if you decide to return in the future or request transcripts and/or degrees, and it will also affect your personal credit (financial) score in the U.S. If you have any questions, be sure to check in with the ISP office staff BEFORE you leave the country.
See the Workshops & Events page for the calendar of upcoming ISP workshops, university visits, and other events happening on campus.
ISP Office Hours
Monday: 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 3pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 5pm
Friday: 8:30am - 1pm
Closed Saturdays & Sundays
Go to the Financial Aid Website to search and apply for scholarships!
Update "MyPortal" as well as complete the ISP Address Form and return to the ISP Office in person: Registration & Student Services Bldg, 2nd Floor.
Social Security Number
You can only get a Social Security Number (SS#) if you find a job on campus first. Read more HERE.
Tip when Contacting ISP
If you email ISP staff please be sure to include your full name & De Anza ID# so that we can best help you with your inquiries. You can email any employee @ De Anza/Foothill if you know their last name/first name as: email@example.com
Emergency Phone Numbers
From a campus phone: Dial 9-1-1
Dialing “9” before 9-1-1 from campus phones is NOT required
From a cell phone: 408.924.8000
For non-emergencies, call 650.949.7313 or dial extension 7-3-1-3 from campus phones when requiring police assistance
Campus Police Website
Study in the States
Study in the States is an official website of the Department of Homeland Security with lots of information for international students studying in the USA. Check it out! http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students