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.
NOTE: a "W" is not a grade. Therefore, it does NOT count toward your full course load!
You are not required to take any classes during summer vacation or winter and spring breaks. If, for any reason, you are forced to withdraw from classes (either by the instructor or by yourself) or if you take less than 12 units, you MUST FIRST speak to a counselor and get the final approval from the international student adviser at ISP prior to drop and/or withdraw from classes.
As part of an international student's full course of study requirement (minimum 12 units per quarter), a student can include online courses as part of full course load. Note: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. This is a U.S. government immigration rule for F-1 students.
- 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.
Important New Regulations for Adding/Dropping and "W" Grade
- No Late Adds or Drops will be accepted/processed. All adds and no show drops must be completed the first two weeks of the 12-week term or by deadlines in the portal for late starting/nonconforming classes.
- "W" drops: W's are now assigned effective Census date. There is no “grade of no record” as in past terms.
- End of term adds/drop will not be accepted. Students who have attended all quarter without official registration will not be added retroactively.
Please consult the official De Anza College academic calendar for official dates
Taking more than 21.5 Units?
Students who wish to take more than 21.5 units, must petition through the ISP office (LCW-102) during the first week of the quarter. Petitions will not be considered before the first day of classes.
If you wish to take a class @ another school like Foothill College, while you are a full time student at De Anza College, you can through the Concurrent Enrollment Program. You must complete the form and have it approved/signed by a counselor in the ISP office before you are allowed to take classes @ another institution.
IMPORTANT: you must follow policies/regulations for adding/dropping, paying fees etc etc of the school you will be taking a course from.
Representatives from universities come to campus on a regular basis to meet with prospective students. Be sure to meet with them when they come on campus for a chance to talk to them face-to-face. See listings ===>
Please also be sure to check the Transfer Center Site for a more extensive list of school visits.
International Student Tuition & Fees
Be sure to read and understand your international fees and deadline by checking the summary of policies HERE
Also, check here for Refunds Policies & Procedures
New De Anza Payment System in place
Are you receiving emails from the ISP office on a regular basis? If not, we may not have your correct email address on file. Please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add you to our listserv and you don't miss important information concerning international students.
HELP! I need a counselor...
Do you have any questions related to your classes, adding/dropping, transferring, etc or do you need to discuss a personal matter? Come to the ISP office to meet with a counselor. Here is a guideline on when and for what to see a counselor.
NOTE: appointments fill up quickly, so plan ahead and be sure to keep your appointment or it'll be hard to re-schedule due to high demand.
DROP-IN Counseling ONLY during first & last week of a quarter (NO APPOINTMENTS)
Health Insurance cards are sent to students quarterly within the first 2 weeks of a new quarter. If you have not received your, 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 fee: 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 office coordinator in the ISP office before the end of the quarter the student stops attending De Anza College. Failing to do so, will result in the student be responsible to pay all health insurance fees.
Students admitted to universities and/or colleges for fall, must follow these steps before departing De Anza this spring or summer quarter.
- Notify International Student Programs (ISP) office of your transfer by submitting a F-1 Student Exit Form along with the Admissions Acceptance Letter AND Transfer Clearance Form from the new school.
DATA WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO ONE SCHOOL ONLY!
- Contact transferring school informing them of your travel plans and let them know where to send the new Form I-20. If you plan to travel outside the U.S. this summer, you must re-enter with the new school’s Form I-20, SO DO NOT submit your I-20 to ISP for a travel request.
- Keep all important documents valid: F-1 Visa, Passport & I-94.
- Consult with an International Student Counselor on CSU or IGETC general education requirements and complete the General Education Certification Form by the end of the quarter at ISP.
If you are traveling this summer, Be prepared!
ISP has a very high volume of requests at this time, and with only one person (Joseph Ng) processing all of these requests, it will take a minimum of 3 weeks or longer to approve your request.
-original I-20 form and a
-completed F-1 Document Request Form to ISP ASAP!
F-1 visa students traveling without the appropriate documentation may be delayed or denied entry back to the USA.
Are you leaving De Anza College?
If you decide to leave De Anza College, it's very important you notify the International Student Programs and complete the EXIT Form. ISP staff must transfer or terminate your SEVIS record properly. 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, request transcripts and/or degrees and it will also affect your personal credit (financial) score in the USA. If you have any questions, be sure to check in with the ISP office staff BEFORE you leave the country.
Dates to Remember
Representatives from universities come to De Anza College to meet with international students on a one-on-one basis.
Minnesota State University, Mankato
- April 20th 2016 from 11am to 1pm at the main dining hall (Campus Center).
San Francisco State University
- April 13th 2016 from 10am to 2pm at the ISP office.
- May 19th 2016 from 10am to 12pm at the ISP office.
University of Hawaii, Manoa
- March 15, 2016 from 11am to 1pm at the main dining hall (Campus Center).
Always check the Transfer Center website for additional universities visits
File for your AA Degree
IF..... you are eligible to apply for your AA degree .
IF.... you want your named listed in the De Anza College graduation ceremony brochure.
IF.... you plan to attend the De Anza College graduation ceremony.
ISP Office Hours
Monday: 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 6pm
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: Bldg LCW, Room 102
Social Security Number
You can only get a Social Security Number (SS#) if you find a job on campus first. Read more HERE.
Did you loose your I-20
Read procedures here on how to get a replacement.
TAG: Transfer Admission Guarantee
De Anza has agreements with other schools to guarantee admission. Click Here for more info.
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
When you register for classes, you pay $5 for the ECO PASS which allows you to ride VTA buses free for the entire quarter.
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