Transferring & Completion of Study
You must attend the school that issued your first I-20 for at least one semester (except under certain extreme circumstances). After the first semester, you are eligible to transfer to another school as long as that school has accepted you for admission. The process for transferring is as follows:
- Contact the new school and meet their admission requirements. You will probably have to provide a copy of your official CUI transcript. The OGP does not have access to your Official Academic Transcript. You can request a transcript in person through Registrar's Office.
- Ask the new school for a transfer form for your CUI PDSO to complete.
- Your CUI PDSO will complete the form and transfer access to your I- 20 to your new school once you have been admitted.
Of course, we hope that you will graduate from CUI with a degree but we know that many circumstances affect students' ability to complete a degree at CUI. Once you complete your degree at CUI, you have 60 days to do one of the following:
- Transfer to another institution
- Return to your home country
- Begin your Post-Completion OPT once you receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD Card) - which may take a little longer than 60 days which is okay as long as USCIS received your application before your graduation date.
Be sure to pay close attention to the Program End Date on your I-20. If you do not complete your program BEFORE the Program End Date on your I-20, please notify a PDSO before the I-20 expires.