Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

I am traveling during the holidays, what do I need?

If you are an F-1 international student traveling outside of the U.S. during any of the school vacations, be sure to carry the following documents when returning to the U.S.:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Curry's Form I-20 signed within one year
  • I-94 card (small, white card stapled into your passport)

I lost my I-20 and need a new one...

You need to contact the International Student Advisor to make an appointment, you will need the following items:

  • The original of your most recent I-20 form (if applicable)
  • A photocopy of your I-94 card (small, white card stapled into your passport)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your F-1 Visa

Can I work?

You can only work on campus 20 hours a week during the school year. You may work full time during the summer. You cannot work off campus.

What are the rules and regulations of being an F1 student?

Download the Rules to Maintaining Proper F-1 Status form from the Required Forms page

How can I see my international Student Advisor (ISA) to check in at the beginning of the semester or get a travel signature?

Your ISA is Sheila Vaughn. You must make an appointment to ensure she is available to meet with you.  The ISA office is located in the Admission building behind the Student Center. The office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday - 617-333-2210 or

How do I apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training)?

You must make an appointment with the ISA and complete the OPT form (see Required Forms page) before coming to the appointment If you have question you can email


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