International Graduate Students

International Student and Scholarly Services (ISSS) 

ISSS assists international students with transitioning to the U.S., advising on immigration requirements, and making the best of their academic experience at UMD! There are a variety of ways that international students can contact an international advisor: 

New International Student Central 

ISSS helps international students who are interested in purusing a program of study at the University of Maryland through the process of applying for either an F-1 or J-1 visa and also with their transition to campus. Please ensure that you review the ISSS Arrival Check List and complete all necessary items for a smooth transition to our program. 

I-20 Status 

Unfortunately, departments do not have access or information regarding the I-20 statuses for our newly admitted international students. Due to the volume of international students entering UMD, I-20s are typically generated 2-3 weeks once your materials have been received by ISSS. Once your I-20 is created, you will receive an email from ISSS with information regarding how you would like your I-20 to be shipped. This is a very important email and you should respond to it as soon as you receive it. If no reply is received, the email will expire after 3 days and the I-20 will be placed in U.S. mail for delivery. This type of shipping takes extra time, so it is best to reply to the email right away and select a quicker method of shipping. If you have any questions or concerns about the creation or mailing of your I-20, please contact ISSS directly. 

Maintaining Status

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 48 units each fall and spring semester. Full assistantships (20 hours) are equivalent to 24 units and half assistantships (10 hours) are equivalent to 12 units. To learn more about calculating full time status, please visit our CEE Graduate Guide

It is the responsibility of international students to comply with all existing U.S. Government rules and regulations as they apply to you. These regulations are continually ammended and changed by the U.S. Government. Additional requirements can be found on the ISSS Maintaining Status page. Please contact or visit ISSS with any additional questions or concerns. 

International Teaching Assistant Evaluation (ITA)

All international studetns who will be serving as teaching assistants are required to take the International Teaching Assistant Evaluation given by the Maryland English Institute (MEI). The department will provide MEI with a list of students required to take the exam. Exam dates will be announced as the beginning of the semester nears. You will be contacted with your evaluation date and time if you are referred.