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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.

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New Student Portal - ISSS Student

ISSS has launched a new online request system: ISSS Portal

All student requests can be made through the portal at 

du clarion feature on international students (Sept. 20, 2021)

Read the DU Clarion's article on why international students are drawn to DU.  

COVID enrollment requirements for 2021-2022 & 2022-2023

SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) will allow F-1 students whose SEVIS record was active on March 9, 2020 and has remained active to enroll in more than one on-line class in academic year2 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

Students whose SEVIS records became active after March 9, 2020 must have at least one course with an in-person component.

ISSS will notify students if SEVP updates its guidance.

Student Category   Any class modality including fully on-line  

A minimum of one course with an in-person component 


Continuing F-1 students who were in the U.S. and had active SEVIS records on March 9, 2020 



Continuing F-1 students with active SEVIS records on March 9, 2020, who were outside the U.S. on March 9, 2020 and returned to the U.S. after March 9, 2020 (includes transfer and change of level) 





Students who entered the U.S. in F-1 status after March 9, 2020 





Students who changed status to F-1 after March 9, 2020 






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



Additional information

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

Campus Safety

Center for Multicultural Excellence

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