The International Student Office is a “virtual office” beginning March 16. DTS has initiated this model as a COVID-19 prevention measure. If you need any thing from our office, please email us at We are hear to serve and encourage you through this. 

For updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) plans and classes please visit:

International Student Office Staff

The International Student Office is located on the first floor of Stearns Hall.

You can reach us at or 214-887-5369.

Dr. George Hillman

Vice President of Student Life

Keighty Patton

International Student Advisor (Dallas)

Julia Pannone

International Student Advisor (Houston)

Julie Smith

International Admissions Counselor

Carisa Ash

J-1 Visa Advisor

Lisa Yoder

International Student Editor

International Student Information

For more information, please click the link below that best describes your circumstance. 


For recent updates and relevant information, please see below

Filing Taxes

US Income taxes deadline was extended to July 15th! All international students need to either file taxes or fill out the form 8843. For more information click the button below.

Applying for OPT

Graduating students planning to apply for OPT must do so 90 days before their program end date. For more information about applying for OPT, click the button below. 


CPT Application

Any student beginning their internship, practicum, or apprenticeship in Summer 2020. Must be enrolled in the course and approved for CPT no later than April 24th, 2020


Coronavirus FAQ

Below are the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the impact of Coronavirus on International Students and their visa status. For the general FAQs relating to all students, please click here

Yes, the government has made allowances for international students when classes need to be moved online for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email the International Student Office if you have any questions about your F-1 or J-1 visa.

Since all classes have been moved online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, you can finish them from any location that has stable internet access. If you are on a F-1 or J-1 Visa and plan to travel outside the United States this spring or summer semester, please make sure to email the International Student Office. They need to ensure your immigration documents are in order (including travel signatures, if necessary), so you can return to the United States if you plan to come back to the United States to finish any of your classes. 

For now, F students can engage in distance learning from outside the US and maintain their status. This is a temporary policy. Your DSO will notify you of any changes. 

If you are a J student, please contact Dr. Ash regarding studying from your home country. 

During the extended Spring Break (March 15th – March 21st) you can work 40 hours. Once classes resume on Mark 23rd, you can only work the normal 20 hours a week because courses are officially in session. 

Yes, you can still apply for OPT. There is no way to guarantee that you will find a job. If OPT is approved, you will still only be permitted to acrew 90 days of unemployment.