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International Student and Scholar Services

Learning Without Borders

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supports internationalization at the University of Denver by serving as a resource to students, faculty, and staff in meeting the needs of the international community on campus.

The International House has suspended all in-person meetings until further notice. Staff are working remotely and are available to connect with you virtually or by telephone.

Prayer Rooms at The International House are closed until further notice.

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COVID: Spring Quarter 2021 and Spring Semester 2021 Enrollment Requirements

SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) will again allow continuing F-1 students to enroll in more than one on-line class in Spring Quarter 2021 and Spring semester 2021. ISSS will notify students if SEVP updates its guidance.

  • DU students in F-1 status continuing in the same academic program or changing levels to a new academic program at DU can enroll in any modality of classes including fully online.
  • New DU students in F-1 status
    • transferring F-1 status from another school who have completed a term with in-person or hybrid classes can enroll in any modality of classes including fully online.
    • entering the U.S. to begin an academic program must enroll in at least one in-person or hybrid class.

F-1 student must enroll full-time which is 8 credits for graduate students and 12 credits for undergraduate students. There are exceptions to full-time enrollment for F-1 students with ISSS approval of non-summer vacation term or less than full-time enrollment for academic or medical reasons. For more information visit the Enrollment Requirements page on the ISSS website.

J-1 students must enroll full-time unless authorized by ISSS for less than full-time enrollment. J-1 students can enroll in any combination of course modalities that help them make academic progress including fully online. However, the purpose of the J Exchange Visitor program is to facilitate in-person exchange, so ISSS encourages enrollment in in-person or hybrid classes if possible.


The University of Denver has recently faced an increase in phone and email phishing scams. A common email scam that DU students, faculty, and staff may see in their inbox is an offer of employment with an individual who typically needs some type of domestic assistance (personal assistant, dog walker, etc).

As an international student, you cannot work off-campus without authorization from ISSS or USCIS. International students should not respond to ANY emails offering employment, regardless if they are legitimate or a scam.

If you work off-campus without authorization, you are in violation of your F-1/J-1 immigration status and your SEVIS record may be terminated

For additional information on phone and email phishing scams, please download the following PDF: PHISHING SCAMS


It's Tax Season!

International students still have to file taxes! Students who earned income last year must file a full tax return. Students who did not earn income must file Form 8843. For more information on filing taxes, click HERE.


Optional Practical Training Information Session
Thursday, July 15
11:00am - 12:00pm
via Zoom

STEM Optional Practical Training Information Session
Wednesday, July 21
12:00 - 1:00pm
via Zoom

Additional information

Useful Websites
Additional Campus Resources

A full list of events and resources can be found on the University of Denver's Diversity & Inclusion website

U.S. Immigration Patterns Over Time: Colorado's International Student Population and Internationalization of Higher Education was a session presented during the Fourth Annual Internationalization.  The presentation provided the audience with information on immigration patterns over time and how to create a more welcoming campus climate for international students.

Health & Counseling Center provides many medical and mental health services. (phone: 303-871-2205; Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Suite 3N)

Employee Assistance Program provides counseling and support for all University of Denver employees.

The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled University of Denver students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation

Chaplain Gary Brower works with all members of the DU community on issues ranging from interfaith dialogue to spiritual care and counseling. (phone: 303-871-4488; Driscoll Student Center, South, 2050 E. Evans Ave.)

Campus Safety

Center for Multicultural Excellence

Reporting Bias Incidents, Harassment, Discrimination or Gender-based Violence at DU