This page explains why some J-1 visa students are in the category of degree-seeking.
Certain J-1 students apply through regular undergraduate or graduate admissions, are accepted to one of the degree programs here, and receive a diploma from UMass Dartmouth after successfully completing the program.
Examples of international students who are admitted to a formal degree program at UMass Dartmouth are:
- students sponsored by their home governments for undergraduate or graduate study;
- students sponsored by the Fulbright organization.
Requirements for degree-seeking status:
- must be working toward a formally-defined program
- must be enrolled full-time in that program
- must remain in good academic standing
See the ISSC (International Student & Scholar Center) if you have any questions about these requirements.
Academic advising for degree students
All degree students receive academic advising from a faculty member. Degree-seeking students and Fulbright students are assigned to a faculty adviser by their academic department.
Non-academic advising for degree students
The ISSC can refer you to the appropriate University office for issues outside of your academic program. The ISSC invites J-1 students in degree programs to use us as an on-campus resource in addition to the agency that issued your DS 2019 form.