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International Student Services

The International Student Services section of the International Center provides you with a number of important benefits and services. Our primary function is to insure that you maintain your legal status while a student at the University of Hartford and to provide you with the necessary support to insure your success here.

To this end, the Center acts as the liaison between the University and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service, the U.S. Department of State, embassies and consulates abroad, foreign governments, and international organizations.

We also provide you with current information regarding compliance with DHS requirements, including student and exchange visitor status, travel, employment regulations and so much more. Personalized academic and non-academic counseling and referral is available and no appointment is necessary to speak with an advisor.


Upcoming Programs and Events for Spring 2017


January 31, 2017 - Pizza Socialpizz social

Join International Center staff and friends for a reception for all new and returning international students. Pizza and beverages will be served during Happy Hour. Free. GSU, room 333, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


February 9, 2017 - Practical Training Workshopopt

Are you graduating in May or summer 2017? The International Center will hold an Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop on Thursday,  February 9th for those students who will be graduating in May or summer 2017. During the workshop, you will receive all the necessary forms as well as complete instructions on how to apply and when.  This will also be a great opportunity to ask questions regarding


February 11, 2017 - Skiing and Snowboardingskiing

Come and spend the day in the sun and snow at Ski Sundown. Join with International Center staff and your friends for a fun day of skiing and snowboarding. You don't have to be an expert to have some fun. First-timers can have a ball! Sign up in advance for this fun time.


March 4, 2017 - 32nd Annual International Festivalfestival

It's party time at the International Center's biggest event of the year, our International Festival 2017! Come celebrate an evening of international cultural diversity. If you like to taste food from around the world, then this is the place to be, featuring ethnic cuisines from 12 countries.

Click here for our complete 2016 - 17 Programs and Events Schedule


Important Notices

Is your I-20 expiring at the end of the semester and you will not finish your program by then?

If your I-20 is expiring at the end of the semester, you must apply for a program extension. Read the requirements here. We recommend you apply at least one month before the end date as listed on your document.

Are you planning to travel outside the U.S. during semester or summer Breaks?

If you are planning to travel outside the US over the semester or summer breaks, please read this important information.

Is It time to apply for your Post Completion Practical Training Permit.?

If you are completing your program of study in December 2016, then it's time to consider applying for your Post Completion Practical Training permit. Apply through the International Center beginning on October 1, 2016.

have you changed your U.S. Address?

If you have recently changed your U.S. address or phone number, please contact the International Center with your new information.  The U.S. Immigration Service requires that any new information be updated within ten days and Center staff will assist you.

Want to invite your family or friends to visit you in the U.S.?

Whether it is for graduation or just  a visit from your family or friends, the Center can help you with needed advice and documents. Here's how to do it.


About our Website

The International Center strives to maintain the accuracy of our website, particularly as it relates to immigration regulations and procedures.  Due to evolving changes in immigration law, it is not always possible to make timely updates to our site.  International students and scholars are advised to always check with their International Student Advisor for the most up-to-date information.