Study Abroad and Research/Thesis Abroad

F-1 students who attend the certified CSU/SF State Bilateral Program or doing Research/Thesis abroad (Graduate Students only) can still maintain F-1 status while physically studying outside the U.S.

F-1 students are required to notify OIP if they wish to study abroad.  Please follow the instruction below:
 
Since students are still maintaining F-1 status while study abroad, they can return to the U.S. with their current I-20s.  It is very important for F-1 students to make sure that their passports, F-1 visas, and the travel signature on the I-20s are valid when they return to the U.S. after study abroad.

Important:

  • F-1 students who plan attend non-CSU/SF State certified study abroad program will not be able to maintain F-1 status.
  • F-1 students who attend CSU/SF State Bilateral Program during the final semester of their program will NOT be eligible to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

For PDF files, you'll need Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or above to view it. If you need Adobe Acrobat Reader it's available free from Adobe (link is external).