Students and visitors staying longer than one month are required to
get two MMR vaccinations and be screened for tuberculosis.
International students are required to complete the student immunization form and the
international student medical history record (TB) form before they
can attend Saint Martin’s University. We strongly encourage students
to get all immunizations before they arrive in the US and submit
proof of immunization by providing a shot record history and/or PPD
report with their application documents. Immunization documents must
be in English so that the Student Health Center can review them.
Students who only have had one MMR shot and require a second, may
get their second shot at the Student Health Center for $60.
The required PPD test for tuberculosis can also be administered
after arrival for $20.
There will be an additional charge of $125 for the IGRA blood test,
if needed, that is paid to Quest Laboratory but chest x-rays are not
part of the initial screening unless the PPD or IGRA are positive or
if there are signs and symptoms of active pulmonary TB.
Again, it is strongly recommended that students and visitors
complete all immunization tests before arriving at Saint Martin’s
While studying in the United States, all international students are
required to maintain enrollment as a full-time student at all times
(with a few exceptions). The requirements for what is considered
“full-time” vary from program to program.
A minimum of 12 credits (usually four classes) constitutes full-time
study for undergraduates at Saint Martin’s University. International
students in their first semester of undergrad classes are usually
advised to not take more than 15 credits, but are able to take up to
Graduate study requirements
As full-time graduate study requirements vary depending on the field
of study, we suggest that the student be in contact with their
advisor and always take enough classes so that they may complete
their program before the program end date as indicated on their
Reduced course loads (RCL)
Reduced course load (RCL) is reserved for students who are having
academic difficulties and need to take fewer classes to prove
successful as a student. The reason for reducing course load must be
limited to the following:
Initial difficulty with the English language
- Unfamiliarity with U.S. teaching methods
- Improper course-level placement.
The student must resume full-time (at least 12 credits) the next
available semester and may not take less than six credits while on
RCL. RCL may only be used once during a student’s program unless
that student changes level (e.g. from Bachelor’s to Master’s). RCL
is usually only given to students in their first term.
Exceptions to requiring enrollment in classes full-time are as
Summer vacation (after nine months of enrollment).
Compelling medical issue.
Undergraduates completing programs within the current term
(it is strongly recommended that the student check in with
the International student advisor and admissions counselor
before reducing course load).
Graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation.
Full-time post-completion Optional practical training (OPT).
Students wishing to transfer into Saint Martin’s University should
fill out the transfer
eligibility form with the help of their current school’s
international student advisor. Once we receive your transferred
record, we will create a new I-20 for your use at our school.
Students wishing to transfer out of Saint Martin’s University to
another school must first fill out the
transfer out request form. We ask that you provide proof of
acceptance to your new school and that you resolve all
responsibilities at Saint Martin’s University before you depart.
Paying off all remaining charges on your student account
Informing the mail room that you no longer wish to have a
mailbox (if applicable)
Notifying on-campus housing of your departure (if applicable)
Once we receive proof of acceptance, a completed eligibility form
from your new school, and have received word that you have done the
above, the International student advisor and admissions counselor
will transfer your SEVIS record to your new school.
Employment opportunities for F-1 students are limited to the options
On campus employment
F-1 students are allowed to work part-time (less than 20 hours per
week) in positions found on campus. If the position extends into
summer break, the student is allowed to be bumped up to temporary
full-time employment (maximum 40 hours per week, providing the
student intends to continue their studies the next available term.
Getting a Social Security number
If a student is interested in on campus employment and has received
a job offer, they will then need to acquire a social security number
in order to receive payment for their work. Applying for a social security number involves bringing a completed
(found on the Social Security
Administration’s website), along with the student’s passport,
I-20, and proof of employment to the nearest Social Security
Administration office. Any further questions can be answered by the
International student advisor and admissions counselor.
Curricular practical training (CPT)
Curricular practical training (CPT) is a practical training
opportunity for students who are required to engage in an internship
as part of their academic program. To be eligible for CPT, students
must have been enrolled in full-time classes for at least one
academic year (two semesters) and the employment must be required as
part of the student’s degree program. Students in ESL and English
learning programs are not eligible to apply for CPT.
CPT request form
CPT application checklist
Optional practical training (OPT)
Optional practical training or OPT is available to students who have
been enrolled in classes for at least one academic year (two
semesters). OPT allows students to engage in employment in a
position relative to their field of study in order to gain practical
experience. The two types of OPT available are pre-completion and
Pre-completion OPT is an OPT period that the student takes on before
they have completed their program. The student must maintain
full-time student status while on this form of OPT so usually it is
advised that students do not work more than 20 hours per week.
Post-completion OPT takes place after the student has completed
their degree program. Post-completion OPT can also be taken while
the student is working on their thesis or dissertation if the rest
of their coursework has been completed.
Once OPT is approved, the student is allotted one year of OPT time,
with no more than 90 days total days of unemployment. If the student
advances in level, (e. g. bachelor’s to master’s) then the student
is allowed another year of OPT after the completion of the second
Students with a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or
mathematics field have the option to extend their OPT period an
additional 17 months by applying for STEM OPT.
If you are interested in OPT, please stop by the International
Office and pick up an OPT Packet and schedule a meeting with the
International Student Services Coordinator for more information.
Some international students may find that they need more time to
complete their program than originally expected. In these cases, a
student can extend the program duration on their I-20. The following
are a few compelling reasons why a student might need to extend his
or her program:
Change of major or research topic
Unexpected research problems
Medically documented illness
Initial difficulty with English language
To be eligible for extension, the student must be in lawful status
and must apply before his or her program end date as specified on
their I-20. Complete the program
extension request form to meet this requirement.
If a student has overstayed the period stated on their I-20 or
otherwise failed to maintain good student status, they must apply to
the USCIS for reinstatement to F-1 student status. Reinstatement
should only be considered in extreme circumstances as the student
must show that failure to maintain status was due to something
outside the student’s control. If you feel you may require
reinstatement, please meet with the International Student Services
Coordinator immediately to discuss your situation.
Students who fail to remain in good academic standing (grade-point
of 2.0 or higher) will be placed on academic probation. Students on
probation are sent a letter from the University along with an
academic contract the student must follow. Failure to follow the
guidelines of the contract may result in suspension or dismissal
from the University and international students may be required to
leave the country. Students on probation are not eligible for
program extensions, reduced course loads, or F-1 visa reinstatement.
information on academic probation is
Medical insurance coverage is required for students attending Saint
Martin's University. The Lewer Agency, Inc., is the insurance
carrier for the University's international student health insurance
plan. Please visit The Lewer Agency's
website for Saint Martin's University for more detailed
information on services provided.
The insurance premiums* for the 2013 academic year are as follows:
Eligible student and spouse
Each eligible child
1/1/2013 - 5/16/2013
5/17/2013 - 8/28/2013
10/28/2013 - 12/31/2013
A $10 administrative fee per semester is included in the premium
Upon arrival at Saint Martin’s University, international students
are advised to report to the Office of
International Programs, Old Main, Room 430, to complete the
medical insurance enrollment procedure. No class registration is
allowed without proof of insurance coverage.
*Rates are subject to change without advance notice.