Student Handbook 2021-2022


International Students

International Student Services

International Student Services provides support programs and services to assist international students in achieving their goals. All F-1 international students must meet with their international student enrollment advisor/DSO prior to their first semester and afterward as needed. International students should meet with their assigned academic advisor if they experience academic difficulties, have questions about their academic program, or seek tutoring assistance.

The academic Program Plan can be accessed through the Walsh Student Portal upon admission. The Program Plan outlines the course of study at Mervyn B. Walsh International University (Walsh) based on the Catalog in effect at admission. Students may change their degree program, major, or update their program to the newest Catalog year, with approval of the international student enrollment advisor/DSO. They must also consult with their international student enrollment advisor/DSO to ensure appropriate changes are made to their I-20.

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester. Their academic advisor may confirm specific courses remaining for program completion and review cumulative and major grade point average to ensure students are meeting expected requirements.

Change of Major or Degree Program

International students exploring changing majors or degree, or to add a second major, should see their academic advisor to discuss alternatives that suit the new interests. Change of degree program or major must officially be requested by completing the Change of Major form in the Walsh Student Portal.  A complete evaluation will be required to determine appropriateness and fulfillment of admissions criteria for the new degree or major. The student will be placed on the most current program of study and a new Program Plan will be created. All current admission requirements and policies will apply.

Financial Aid

International students with an F-1 visa are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. However, international students may apply for scholarships. For scholarship purposes, an international student must use an approved outside service agency to have an evaluation of international transcripts for U.S. credit and grade equivalents. Scholarship funds will not be awarded without a valid transcript. Contact the Admissions office for further information.


The Coordinator of International Student Services conducts a mandatory international student orientation session prior to the student’s first semester. The student is provided with their I-20 at this session along with information specific to F-1 student and immigration rules and regulations and Walsh's policies, curriculum, and student organizations.

Student Enrollment Classification

For visa status compliance, please contact the international student enrollment advisor/DSO.

Undergraduate International Students

Full Time: 12 semester credit hours or more

Graduate and Doctoral International Students

Full Time: 6 semester credit hours or more

Enrollment verification will be determined based on course-level enrollment (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral) and classification based on number of semester credit hours taken. Only one online course may be taken each semester, per USCIS regulations for F-1 students.