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Studying at Rochester

Many foreign nationals are interested in academic study during their time in the United States. The University of Rochester is able to sponsor full-time students in the F-1 or J-1 categories. However, some workers, scholars, and dependents may also be eligible to study while maintaining their nonimmigrant status.

It is important to understand whether your immigration category requires, allows for, or prohibits study. Under US law, the University and other academic institutions are not restricted from admitting or enrolling individuals who do not have valid permission to study. Instead, it is the individual's responsibility to maintain their status, including any academic activities. In some circumstances, permission for full-time or matriculated study may be restricted, but temporary classes for a hobby or personal interest may be allowed.

If you have questions specific to your status, contact an ISO advisor or your program sponsor.

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Applicants and Prospective Students 

The International Services Office (ISO) is not involved with any application processes or admissions decisions.

If you are interested in becoming a student at the University of Rochester and have questions about programs or study or application procedures, please contact the appropriate admissions office directly:

Once you have been admitted and enrolled to your program of study, ISO will assist you with obtaining the necessary documents for your visa appointment. Visit our incoming students page for details.