International Student Office Staff

Carisa AshDirector of International Student Services; Director of Services for Students with Disabilities; Adjunct Professor in Educational Ministries and Leadership 214-887-5368 Schedule Appointment
Keighty PattonAssistant to the Director of International Student Services 214-887-5369
Lisa YoderEditor

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Academic Training

F-1 Visa holders: The government considers your internship CPT, whether it is paid or not. 

Part-time CPT does not impact OPT. However, completing a year or more of full time CPT makes one “ineligible for post-completion academic training.”

Read Government Regulations: 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10) and 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i).

J-1 Visa holders: The government considers your internship Academic Training, whether it is paid or not.

A maximum of 18 months of Academic Training are allowed. This is a total maximum. 

Deadlines

Forms are due to the International Office by:

  • May 1 for summer start date;
  • August 1 for fall start date;
  • December 1 for spring start date.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! If you …

  • Have decided to get married,
  • Have an upcoming baby,
  • Have had a car accident,
  • Are having a health issue, or
  • Any other major life event takes place,

It is important to contact the International Student Office at internationaloffice@dts.edu.

If there is a hold on your Student Account, contact the International Office and we will direct you to the proper department to assist you with the hold.

Registration for Spring and Winter Semester in October and registration for Fall and Summer courses in March. View the Important Dates Calendar to check this year’s dates.

You register for classes through your student portal at students.dts.edu. Click the button in the middle of the screen that reads, “register for class” and log in to your one login account.

You can apply for scholarships each year between January 1st – January 31st. You can apply for scholarships through your student portal under Finances, Scholarships, & Aid. Click the link that reads “DTS Scholarship Application/LYF App”

You must return home within 60 days after your program end date.

The payment deadline for Fall 2019 is August 9, 2019.

The Payment deadline can be found on the Important Dates Calendar https://students.dts.edu/advising/academic-advising/important-dates/

Review the concentration options and selection process here: https://students.dts.edu/advising/degrees/ma-in-christian-education-mace/. You can also meet with the Director of International Student Services to discuss the best option.

Review the concentration options and selection process here: https://students.dts.edu/advising/degrees/master-of-theology-thm-advising/ . You can also meet with the Director of International Student Services to discuss the best option. 

Changes to your schedule must be finalized by the Friday of the 1st week of the semester. Contact the Director of International Student Services if you wish to make changes to your schedule once the semester starts.

If you are on an F-1 visa, you must take 12 credit hours each semester. 9 of them must be in person and any additional can be online.

If you are on a J-1 visa, you must take 12 credit hours each semester. They all must be on campus. If you want to take additional courses, they can be online.

Please note that RV courses do not count as on campus.

You can take classes in the summer if you desire to. You can only take online classes if you have met your residency requirement. F-1 students must take 9 credit hours on campus before they can take online courses. J-1 students must take 12 credit hours on campus before they can take online courses. Students may take online courses during the summer.

You can only work 20 hours on campus each week.

Contact the Director of International Student Services if you have financial need and are experiencing trouble finding a job on campus.