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Study Abroad or Research Outside the U.S.

Eligibility Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Have been maintaining immigration status;
  • Have been enrolled in a full course of study in the U.S. for at least one full academic term prior to the study or research abroad;  
  • Will remain registered at SUNY- ESF and continue to pursue a full course of study while abroad;
  • Completed the ESF study abroad request process including receiving the Dean’s approval;
  • Submitted the Approved Study Abroad Data Form and a copy of the study abroad program acceptance letter to the Office of International Education; and
  • Registered for an appropriate 496 section for the study abroad period

Eligibility Requirements for Conducting Research Abroad

  • Have been maintaining immigration status;
  • Have been enrolled in a full course of study in the U.S. for at least one full academic term prior to the study or research abroad;  
  • Will remain registered at SUNY- ESF and continue to pursue a full course of study while abroad;
  • Please note: the Office of International Education will not process extensions for students outside of the U.S. You must plan ahead.

  • Has reviewed the Student Research Abroad webpage and submitted a complete packet of the Student Research Abroad Forms (available on the webpage) with the required supplemental documentation.
  • Has submitted an advisor recommendation letter for “Conducting Research Outside the U.S” to the Coordinator of International Education.
    • A template for this letter is available on the “Forms” page in the “Advisor Recommendation Letter Template” section of the page.
    • Be sure to select the appropriate template based on the student's visa status (F-1 vs. J-1)

Upon submitting all required documentation, the Coordinator of International Education will update the SEVIS record and add a remark indicating that the student is pursuing a full course of study while engaging in authorized study/ research abroad. A new I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued to document this authorization and will need to be presented when seeking readmission to the U.S after the time abroad.


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