Welcome International Students!
The International Student Services Team is glad you are here at Century College. We want you to be successful during your time with us. Below you will find forms and resources to help you navigate many international student processes. If you need more information, please attend one of the many workshops we provide to help you along the way. Click here to see our semester workshop calendar.
Maintain your F-1 Status: Rules and Regulations
While studying in the United States, it is your responsibility to maintain your F-1 status. Maintaining status is REQUIRED. Learn more here.
International students must purchase the system-approved student health insurance, except those students whose sponsoring agency or government certifies that the student is covered under a plan provided by the sponsoring agency or government. Minnesota State Undergraduate Admissions Policy Part 5, Subpart B, #2. Read the full policy here.
For more information on the health insurance plan including benefits and rates please click here. Be sure to login to My Account for more personalized information after you enroll.
Any questions about your insurance plan and benefits can be directed to the Student Insurance Advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-308-4855.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of employment authorization for international students. OPT is training designed to give students real world experience. OPT is for 12 months of employment, to be completed up to 14 months after program end date. Students need to meet with an International Student Advisor before applying for OPT.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of alternate work/study, internship, co-operative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. The experience may be paid or unpaid. CPT must be an integral part of an established curriculum. Students must meet with an International Student Advisor to apply for CPT.
International students are eligible to work on-campus as student workers. However, not all student worker positions at Century College are open to international students. Use this Quick Guide to learn how to search for on-campus jobs. Visit the Student Employment webpage to learn more about Century College Student Employment.
Economic Hardship Employment Authorization
Severe Economic Hardship is new, unexpected circumstances beyond the student’s control creating severe economic hardship. The employment authorization is granted by USCIS in increments of one year at a time. The authorization allows the student to work for any employer up to 20 hours per week while they are registered full-time. Students must meet with an International Student Advisor to apply for Economic Hardship Employment Authorization.
Some Century College Foundation Scholarships are open to international students. Applications are accepted annually between February 1 and April 1. Visit the Foundation page for a complete listing of scholarships and application details.
If an F-1 student has overstayed the authorized period on the I-20 plus 60 days or otherwise failed to maintain student status they may be reinstated to student status by applying to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) district office. Students should be aware that applications can be denied and usually cannot be appealed.
If you have questions about any of these forms or processes, please contact International Student Services at email@example.com or call 651-779-3344. If you are not yet a student at Century College but you would like to apply as an F-1 student, please visit our Admissions page for more information.
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