F1 and J1 Visa Information

F1 and J1 Visa Information


F1 Students:

  • International students must maintain full-time academic standing by taking at least three units per semester.

  • In order to leave the U.S. and return to Roanoke, students must have a DSO official sign the back of their I-20 forms for re-entry and an unexpired F-1 visa.

  • International students are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week at Roanoke College. Students will have to apply for a social security card before beginning work. Weekly work hours depend on the availability of jobs on campus.

  • F-1 international students are eligible for off-campus work prior to graduation if it is an internship in their field of study AND they are receiving academic credit for the internship. This is called Curricular Practical Training (CPT).  For more information click here.

  • F-1 international students are eligible for work permission after graduation as long as it is a job in their field of study. This is called Optional Practical Training (OPT).  For more information watch this video.

For more information about rules and regulations pertaining to F-1 status, click here or contact The Roanoke International Office.

J1 Students:

  • Exchange students must maintain full-time academic standing by taking at least three units per semester.

  • In order to leave the U.S. and return to Roanoke, students must have their DS-2019 signed for travel.

  • Exchange students are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week at Roanoke College. Students will have to apply for a social security card before beginning work. Weekly work hours depend on the availability of jobs on campus.

  • Exchange students may engage in on-campus employment (part-time while school is in session and full-time during vacation periods) or off-campus work authorization through Academic Training.  Both require approval from your sponsor.

  • Exchange students are also eligible to participate in academic training after they complete their study program in the U.S., but are subject to the requirement that time in academic training may not exceed the time spent in the program of study. A further restriction on academic training for non-degree students is that non-degree programs are limited to a total stay of 24 months, inclusive of all study time and any authorized academic training.  


For more information about rules and regulations pertaining to J-1 status, click here or contact the Roanoke International Office.

Websites of Interest:

Study in the States

Immigration and Customs Enforcement