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International Students

Information on guidelines and procedures that affect international graduate students.

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

    International students enrolled in an ECE Graduate Program may register for CPT (RACK 998) during the spring/summer term. Usually students conduct the internship in the spring/summer, but register for RACK 998 in the preceding winter term.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    • Graduate students must enroll full-time each fall and winter semester. 
    • Students may not engage in CPT in lieu of full-time enrollment. 
    • CPT will not be allowed in the student’s final term unless the student needs to register for other courses that are required for the completion of the academic program.
    • All ECE Grad students are in RACKHAM programs, NOT CoE Masters of Engineering
    • ENGR 400, managed by ECRC, is for domestic, undergraduate students ONLY.
    • ENGR 600 is for Masters of Engineering students ONLY.

    ECE Instructions for CPT:

    • Complete Internship Form
    • Completed the CPT Online Certification Course (through the International Center)
    • Prepare the following:
      • CPT Online Completion Certificate (International Center website)
      • An official job offer letter from a company
        • Inform your employer that this letter must be detailed and list specific duties for the internship. A sample letter is on the IC website.
      • The Academic/Faculty Advisor Recommendation Form
        • On page 1, complete the first two lines of the form, beginning with “Student’s Name.”
        • Masters Students: Bring your this form along with your complete CPT packet to the Graduate Program Coordinator for advisor signatures. 
        • PhD Students: Have your faculty advisor sign the bottom of page 1 and page 2 (pre-candidates) or complete page 1 and page 3 (candidates)
      • A detailed CPT Statement of Intent
        • Describe the job you will be doing in detail and give some description of the company and how their work relates to your field of study
        • Describe how the work that you will be doing relates to the coursework that you have done or will do in your academic program.
    • Submit all documents above to an ECE Graduate Coordinator to receive an add/drop form
    • Take add/drop form to the Registrar’s Office 
    • You will be notified of your enrollment in RACK 998. 
    • After you are enrolled in RACK 998, take your application packet, I-20, I-94, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts showing RACK 998 to the International Center for final approval.
    • Following your CPT experience you must submit a final report (3-5 pages) that outlines all of the work that you did during your internship. You will be contacted to submit the report. The Program Chair will review this report and issue the grade for RACK 998.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)

    You must be enrolled in courses the semester you apply for OPT.

    If you apply for OPT and you do not graduate at the end of the semester, it is your responsibility to contact the International Center to cancel your OPT. Failure to contact the International Center can result in you being out of immigration status or the loss of OPT time.

    ECE Instructions for OPT Letter from Academic Advisor:

  • Reduced Course Load

    Students are only allowed one reduced course load for academic difficulties or medical condition per program.

    ECE Instructions for reduced course load:

    • Determine the reason for a reduced course load
    • Based on the chosen reason, complete the following steps:
      • Completion of Course Study (last semester in the program) 
        • Complete Reduced Course Load Request Form
        • Complete a plan of study signed by your academic/research advisor. (If you have already submitted your final plan of study, you do not have to submit another one.)
        • Submit the two forms to an ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
        • You will receive a RCL letter from the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
        • Submit all paperwork to the International Center.
      • Academic Difficulties 
        • Complete Reduced Course Load Request Form.
        • Write a statement for the reason for your academic difficulty.
        • Submit the two items to an ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
        • You will receive a RCL letter from the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator. 
        • Have your ECE Graduate Academic Advisor sign RCL letter.
        • Schedule a meeting with an International Student Adviser to submit all paperwork to the International Center.
        • Drop the course through Wolverine Access. 
      • Medical Condition
        • Get a letter about medical condition from a medical professional according to guidelines listed on the website above.
        • Complete Reduced Course Load Request Form
        • Submit the three items to an ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
        • You will receive a RCL letter from the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
        • Schedule a meeting with an International Student Adviser to submit all paperwork to the International Center.
        • Drop the course through Wolverine Access
  • How do I extend my I-20?
  • How can I improve my English?

    There are four mains ways to improve your English skills:

  • Employment

    See the International Center for employment options for F-1 students.