Advising for Current Undergraduate International Students

Advising

Undergraduate students are advised by faculty members in their major. Students will receive an advisor assignment letter by mail after declaring a major. Undeclared students will be assigned an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center. Students enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework will be advised by the International Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising Center.

For questions related to F-1 and J-1 visa status and enrollment requirements, international students may consult with the International Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising Center, Suzy Schmieder. Suzy may be reached by phone at (314) 246-7568, by email at susanschmieder37@webster.edu or by requesting an appointment in advance by calling the Advising Center at (314) 968-6972. Telephone appointments and Instant Messenger appointments may also be requested.

F-1 and J-1 Enrollment Requirements

International students on F-1 (student) and J-1 (exchange visitor) visas must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.  Students who receive Webster financial aid or scholarships must enroll in a minimum of 13 credit hours per semester. Students enrolled in a full program of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes may enroll in less than 12 credit hours as determined by their academic advisor and the ESL Coordinator. Undergraduate students are eligible to take a vacation from study each summer term. Current visa requirements and health information.

Registration

Step 1:  REVIEW YOUR DEGREE AUDIT 
Login to Connections, Student Academic Services channel, and review your Degree Audit. Identify courses from your major, General Education or Global Citizenship Program requirements, electives (and minors or certificates) in which you are interested.  Write down course numbers, section numbers and titles. 

Step 2: REVIEW COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 
Using the Undergraduate Studies Catalog, review course descriptions. Write down course numbers and titles of courses. 

Step 3: REVIEW THE COURSE SCHEDULE 
Using the notes you wrote down about courses of interest, search the Course Schedule online to check if the courses are available in the upcoming semester. Write down a list of the course numbers, titles, and SECTION numbers.

Step 4: MEET YOUR ADVISOR 
Advisors can give students clearance to register online using Connections. Prepare in advance for your advising appointment by making a list of courses you are interested in taking or a sample schedule, as well as any questions you want to review with your advisor. PLEASE NOTE: Faculty advisors may have different hours of availability based on their teaching schedules. Contact your faculty advisor directly to make an appointment. 

WHO IS MY ADVISOR? 
To find out who your assigned faculty or staff advisor is, login to your Degree Audit. Your advisor's name will appear in top left corner. To find contact information for your advisor, go to www.webster.edu and click on "Director" in the bottom right corner to search the Faculty/Staff Directory.

Step 5: CLEAR HOLDS ON YOUR RECORD 
Holds can be viewed in Connections on the main page of your Student Academic Services channel. Resolve any holds before registration begins.

Step 6: REGISTER 
When registration online opens, use Connections to register online.

Create a Schedule

Review courses and create your own schedule here.

Drop/Withdrawal Requests

International students on F-1 and J-1 visas must maintain full time enrollment at all times.  Students may drop during drop/add periods as long as they remain in the minimum credits required for full time status. As a rule, international students on F-1 and J-1 visas are not permitted to withdraw if such withdrawal reduces enrollment below full-time status.  Please see your academic advisor before considering a withdrawal. More about dropping or withdrawing.

Working in the United States: Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training allows a student who has maintained F-1 status for at least nine (9) months (or four consecutive full time terms of enrollment) to work within his/her field of study during an approved internship for academic credit.

In order to qualify for CPT, students must meet with an academic advisor and obtain a letter of recommendation  and register for one to six credits of internship, COOP, practicum, student teaching, etc.

Students should consult the faculty in their school or college for specific eligibility requirements for internship-for-credit

College of Arts and Sciences internships: biological sciences; English. Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences International Languages and Cultures, Nursing, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies (including International Human Rights and International Studies) students will need to contact their faculty advisor.

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts internships: art. Departments of Music, Theater & Dance; students will need to contact their faculty advisor.

School of Business and Technology internships

School of Communications internships

School of Education internships