International students must demonstrate proof of funding for the first year of study, if an F-1 student, or the length of the program of study, if a J-1 student.
J-1 students may wish to engage in Academic Training (AT) during or soon after completion of their studies. AT must be related to the student’s degree program. Students are potentially eligible for one month of AT for each month that they are in their academic program, with a cap set at 18 months.
Curricular Practical Training
F-1 students may wish to engage in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) during their studies. CPT must be related to the student’s degree program.
On Campus Employment
Students who are maintaining F-1/J-1 status are eligible to work on-campus. IP MUST provide permission for all F-1/J-1 students to work on-campus. Work performed on the school premises is "on-campus" employment as long as the employment provides direct services to students. If you are unclear if a job would be considered “on-campus” employment, please check with an international student advisor.
F-1/J-1 students ARE NOT PERMITTED to work OFF-CAMPUS without prior authorization from IP and/or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment authorization for eligible students in F-1 status who wish to engage in off-campus employment in their field of study. OPT is, primarily, work authorization after program completion. Students will work with IP to obtain the I-20 with the OPT recommendation and then file the complete application to USCIS for final approval and issuance of the Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The EAD authorizes the student to engage in temporary employment for up to 12 months anywhere in the US. As OPT involves IP and USCIS and can take several months to process, students are encouraged to apply as soon as they confirm degree completion.
Maintaining Your Status
Change of Address (COA)
As an F-1 or J-1 (student or scholar) you are required to update your physical and mailing address with International Programs (IP) within 10 days of the change. IP will update your address with SEVIS accordingly.
Emergency Contact Form
Use this form to update your emergency contact information. Please keep this information up-to-date throughout your program.
Change of Level (COL)
This form should be used if you are a F-1 or J-1 student moving up from one education level to another. Submit the complete COL application to IP within 30 days prior to the start of the semester when you will begin your new education level.
Change of Major (COM)
This form should be used if changing majors from one major to another or if you are adding a major. Submit the complete COM application to IP within 30 days prior to the start of the semester you will begin your new major.
Program Extension Application
A complete application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the current program end date. In order to apply for an extension, you must submit a complete application showing documentation of an academic need, unforeseen by yourself and supported by your department. You must also provide a new Financial Certification.
Reduced Course Load Application
Possible reasons for a reduced course load (RCL) include: medical reasons, academic hardship, and final semester enrollment. Please make an appointment with an immigration advisor to discuss your eligibility.
Use if you need to request an initial DS-2019 for a Change of Status (COS) Petition; your SEVIS record has been terminated and you will travel outside the U.S.; or you need to establish status via travel.
A complete application must be submitted at least 30 days priorto the need of this request/form.
Use if you need to request an initial I-20 for a Change of Status (COS) Petition; your SEVIS record has been terminated and you will travel outside the U.S.; or you need to establish status via travel.
A complete application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the need of this request/form.
Transfer To Another School
Current UNCP students must submit this form in order to transfer their SEVIS record to a different school. Use the form that matches your immigration status.
Travel Endorsement Request
This form is used to obtain a travel signature from IP before leaving the United States. A travel signature demonstrates that you are in good standing to return to the U.S. after a university holiday or vacation period.
International Services and Events
DMV Letter Request
If you will apply for a NC state ID card or a NC driver’s license you will need to provide a letter noting your mailing and physical address. Complete this form and provide it to IP so that the letter can be generated for use.
Bank Letter Request
If you will set up a bank account with a U.S. banking institution you will need to provide a letter noting your mailing and physical address. Complete this form and provide it to IP so that the letter can be generated.
International Programs Event Payment Slip
Payments should be made in the Bursar's Office in Lumbee Hall.
Print the International Programs Event Payment Slip, fill it out, and take it with you so that the payment will be credited to your account. Payments will not be accepted without a printed slip.
(This Payment Slip may also be used for IP services such as bedding, TOEFL tests, etc.)
Airport Shuttle Reservation (For Future Students)
Transportation to Raleigh (RDU) UNCP is scheduled for the beginning and ending of each semester. Students may request rides during regularly scheduled times. This form must be completed and submitted prior to drop-off/pick-up.
Current International Students should sign-up for the Airport Shuttle on Brave Connect.
We value your feedback and would like to give you a chance to express any complaints you have. Please fill out the form below and email it to Jessica.Hall@uncp.edu or bring it to the IP Office. We will respond to all complaints promptly and fairly.