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Non-Degree Students

This page explains why some J-1 visa students are in the category of non-degree-seeking.

Many J-1 students are enrolled at UMass Dartmouth for a formally-approved program of study but will not receive a degree and diploma from UMass Dartmouth. 

  • Admission to the University for non-degree J-1 international students in formal exchange programs is processed through the International Programs Office (IPO)

    • the student submits the required information about current visa status and finances to the IPO.
    • the IPO sends to the International Student and Scholar Center (ISSC) a request for creation of an initial DS 2019 form.
    • the IPO mails the DS 2019 form to the student, who uses it to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate abroad (usually in the student’s home country.)
      • After arrival at the University, the IPO will help with
        •  aspects of your study program
        • questions about the exchange agreements
        • academic issues such as billing and financial matters
      • After arrival at the University, the the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) will help with
        • general advice and assistance with campus life and personal concerns
        • ongoing support for visas and other immigration forms
        • other matters outside your academic program
  • Admission to the University is processed through the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) for non-degree J-1 students who enroll

    • through an outside agency (IIE/LASPAU), like the Brazilian Science Without Borders students
    • through a University department; for example,  the summer programs in Portuguese.  

The ISSC invites J-1 non-degree students to use us as an on-campus resource in addition to your IIE or  LASPAU agency.

  • Academic advising for non-degree J-1 students

    • non-degree students receive academic advising from a faculty member
    • SWB students are assigned to the Assistant or Associate Dean of their college

 

 

 
 

 Updated August 21, 2014

 

 

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