International Graduate Students
Information for New International Graduate Students:
International New Student Orientation
The Office of International Student Programs sponsors a mandatory 3-day orientation program to familiarize new international students with American culture, college life and Canisius itself. During orientation, students meet with faculty and administrators from different departments on campus. This program is designed to help new students get organized and prepared for the academic semester. In addition to meeting with different administrators and offices, social activities are also planned to allow the new international students to get to know each other and the city of Buffalo together. New international (non-Canadian) international students are required to participate in the orientation program.
Fall 2020 Orientation Arrival Date:
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Mandatory International New Student Orientation:
Monday, August 24, 2020-Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
First day of Classes:
Monday, August 31, 2020
F-1 Student Visas and Form I-20
SEVIS Form I-20
Once you are accepted to the College, you will be sent your Canisius College I-20. You will need your I-20 before you are able to make your appointment with the US consulate or embassy for a visa. Canadian Graduate students will need their I-20 to cross the border. Please take a moment and read over the I-20 procedures website, to ensure that you follow the necessary requirements for your Form I-20.
F-1 Student Visa
Once you receive your I-20 in the mail, you will need to make an appointment with either the US consulate or embassy for a visa. Prior to making your appointment for your visa, please read the Visa Tips website. This site will answer many questions that you may have regarding obtaining an F-1 Student Visa. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We will discuss what you need to know about your F-1 Student Visa during International New Student Orientation.
Canadian Graduate Students: You do not need to apply for an F-1 student visa stamp, but you are still responsible for knowing and following the requirements to maintain F-1 student visa status. Although you are not required to attend the International New Student Orientation, we will provide you with information surrounding the requirements. Please contact our office with any questions you may have.
International students who are interested in living on campus must fill out a housing application and send it back to us by mail, email, or fax. Graduate students may request the housing areas specifically for our graduate student population. For more information, please visit the Student Life website. Please note that the housing costs site only lists housing per semester and per academic year (Fall and Spring). If you plan to stay on-campus for any summer sessions, there are additional costs for summer housing. Email email@example.com for more information.
Working in the United States
Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of employment authorization that allows an F-1 student to participate in off-campus employment. CPT authorization is employment pursuant to an internship requirement or internship elective that is an integral part of the established curriculum and will be counted towards completion of your degree. It must me directly related to your major. To pick up an application and learn about the eligibility requirements to participate in CPT, please stop by the Office of International Student Programs.
Optional Practical Training
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is the opportunity for F-1 students to receive off-campus work experience within their field of study. There are two types of OPT: pre-completion and post-completion. OPT may be authorized for a maximum of 12 months. Not all students are guaranteed to be approved by USCIS for OPT. If you think you may be interested in applying for OPT upon graduation, you will be required to attend one of the OPT workshops sponsored by the Office of International Student Programs. The workshops are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters. Upon completion of a workshop, we will provide you with an OPT application packet. We recommend that you submit your OPT application no less than 60 days prior to the end of your program.
All international students on F-1 student visas are required to purchase a special Canisius College insurance policy for international students. Please do not purchase your own insurance, aside from the Canisius College policy. The cost for the insurance will be billed to your Student Account.
For information on the health insurance, please visit the Student Insurance website. Type in "Canisius College", to view the insurance plan details. A copy of the brochure and your insurance card will be provided to you during International New Student Orientation.
Students may wish to purchase health insurance for a spouse or child. This plan allows students to enroll dependents. To enroll a spouse or child, please visit International Student Programs.
The plan is optional for Canadian students. If you are interested in purchasing the insurance coverage, please contact International Student Programs by the end of the first week of classes.
Health Forms and Immunizations
Please make sure you have your home physician complete the health history form, indicating the dates (month, day and year) of all your immunizations. If you do not have all your immunizations prior to your arrival at Canisius, you will not be allowed to maintain your course registration at the college. To read about the required health information for international students, click here.
Student Health requires all students to submit the Canisius College International Student Physical Exam and Immunization form. To download the latest version of this form, check out this webpage.
Learn about all the immunization requirements and submit the above form prior to the start of classes.