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Can F Students Enroll at Two SEVP-Certified Schools?

July 20, 2015
For F-1 students studying in the United States, there are certain circumstances in which they may enroll in two different Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools during the same term. 
Attending two SEVP-certified schools is called concurrent enrollment. F-1 students might want to take advantage of concurrent enrollment if their current school does not offer a class they need to help them complete their program or degree however, their combined enrollment at both schools must equal a full-time course of study.
In cases where an F-1 student is concurrently enrolled, the school from which the student will earn their degree or certification should issue and manage updates to the student’s Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”
The designated school official (DSO) from the school who issues the Form I-20 is also responsible for all of the reporting requirements in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. Students with questions about their student record, or maintaining student status, should contact the DSO at the school that issued their Form I-20. 
If students are enrolled in programs with different full course of study requirements (e.g., clock hours vs. credit hours), your DSO is permitted to determine what constitutes a full-time course of study.
If you have any specific questions about F-1 concurrent enrollment, speak with your DSO or contact the SEVP Response Center at
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