International Student Services

International Student Services


Welcome to Saint Peter’s University! We are excited to have you join us on this educational journey in the United States. As a Saint Peter’s University student, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a diverse academic environment and gain valuable knowledge and experiences. Here are the next steps to help you get started:

Arrival and Orientation: Plan your arrival in the United States and attend the orientation program organized by SPU. Orientation will provide important information about campus resources, immigration regulations, academic expectations, and student life.

Report to the CGL and Complete the New Student Check-In: Upon your arrival to the U.S., make sure to report to the CGL by completing the Contact Information Update form through the International Student Portal and uploading a copy of your most recent I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. The CGL staff will guide you through the immigration and visa-related processes, assist you in maintaining your F-1 status, and answer any questions you may have.

Attend Immigration Sessions: Attend any immigration sessions or workshops organized by the CGL. These sessions will provide important information on maintaining your immigration status, understanding your rights and responsibilities as an F-1 student, and obtaining necessary authorizations for employment or practical training opportunities.

Obtain Form I-20: Your educational institution will issue you a Form I-20, which is a crucial document for maintaining your F-1 status. Keep your Form I-20 safe and ensure it remains valid throughout your studies. Notify your DSO promptly if any changes occur, such as changes in your program, funding, or personal information.

Understand Work and Study Regulations: Familiarize yourself with the regulations and restrictions regarding employment and on-campus work opportunities. The CGL Staff will provide guidance on how to apply for on-campus jobs, internships, and other work options permitted under the F-1 visa regulations.

Stay Informed: Regularly check your institutional email and communication channels for updates, announcements, and important deadlines related to your academic program, immigration, and student life.

Explore Support Services: Take advantage of the support services offered by Saint Peter’s University. These include academic advising, career counseling, health services, cultural activities, and clubs and organizations that cater to international students.

Remember, the CGL is your primary resource for immigration-related matters. We are here to support you throughout your academic journey and ensure your compliance with immigration regulations. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them whenever you have questions or concerns.

We wish you success in your studies and a rewarding experience as an international student in the United States! Enjoy your time exploring new opportunities, making connections, and expanding your horizons.