Extra Time Allowance on Exams
International students who have completed the 300-level of our ESL program, exchange students (non-degree) , and students whose TOEFL (or approved equivalent) score is between 541-600 (paper) or 75-100 (internet-based test) are eligible for and will generally be granted extended test time for their first two semesters at UWEC. In most cases, this accommodation is sufficient. A student may request extended test time for additional semesters or classes. These requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact Ami Christensen email@example.comAdditional Time on Exams Request form
Foreign Language/Culture Requirement Waiver
Students at UW-EC must complete a requirement for foreign language/culture learning (FL/C). Check your degree audit if you are unsure if you have completed this requirement or not. International Students get a waiver for the FL/C requirement when they have finished the university writing requirement (WRIT 114 or 116, 118 or 120) with a C+ or better, but they must have their academic advisor start the e-form waiver process.
Please make an appointment with your academic advisor after the end of the semester you are finishing your WRIT class, and have them start the e-form for you. Refer them to this notice and/or to Linda Carlson ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if they have questions.
All international students are required to purchase accident and sickness, medical evacuation, and repatriation insurance each semester throughout their studies. Insurance is a requirement of the University of Wisconsin System and some student visas. Students are charged for insurance through their student bill and are automatically enrolled by the Center for International Education (CIE).
Students are required to purchase insurance for all dependents who may accompany them to the United States on dependent visa.
Dates of Enrollment
Fall Semester: August 5 - January 4
Spring Semester: January 5 - August 4
For plan summary, claims information, contact information, and ID card visit Consolidate Health Plans.
For instructions on how to print your insurance card please follow this link.
The CIE is unable to help advise students on filing their United State income taxes. However, there are a number of programs what can help international students when filing income taxes.
International students have access to Glacier Tax Prep though the UW-System. Follow this link to the website
Sprintax is another option for international students to use to file taxes. There are promotional flyers in the CIE for a discount code.
Inviting friends or family to visit
Click here for more information on inviting friends or family to visit you at UW-Eau Claire
The US State Department/Bureau of Consular Affairs has a website ( www.travel.state.gov ) with additional information about applying for a tourist visa. In addition, many individual consulates will have more specific information about inviting family members on their websites. You can find links to US Consulates around the world on the above site or at www.embassyworld.org .
Updating your personal information
The Center for International Education is required to report your change of address in the United States and in your home country within days of each move.
You MUST have both a US address and address in your home country on files with UWEC at all times. The CIE is also required to report your phone number. To ensure that you are reporting your addresses and phone numbers correctly, please visit the following links.
Reporting a change in on campus employment
The CIE is required to report changes to your on campus employment to the US Government. Please click here to report changes any time you start a new job or end a current job.
In order to meet the federal reporting requirements for OPT you must: Report any change to your address or employment at by clicking here
You must include employer information, Employer EIN number, hours per week, address, etc.- the name and address of your employer within 5 days of beginning the position- the name and address of any additional employer within 5 days of beginning position- any breaks in employment or discontinuation of employment within 5 days of ending the position
Note: Unemployment of more than 90 days will cause your OPT to automatically end by the SEVIS system-the way they know you are employed is through your reporting of #2 (above)Note: Provide a 6 month update on your employment status and personal information.You can do this by clicking here
Academic Training is an opportunity for students on J visas to obtain training experience in their field of study. The training must be in the field of study that the student is studying while at UW –Eau Claire.
Click here to learn more about academic training for J-1 visa holders
Reduced course load
Students may be eligible to go below 12 credits only with permission of the U.S. Government. The reasons may be initial difficulties with U.S. teach methods, incorrect course placement, medical reasons, or final semester.
Please review the form and talk with an ISSS staff member to determine if you are eligible. The criteria is strict, so contact a staff member early.
To find out about getting a reduced course load click here
In order to meet the federal reporting requirements for OPT you must use this form you will need the following information:
- Employer EIN number
- Hours worked per week
- The name and address of any additional employer within 5 days of beginning position
- Any breaks in employment or discontinuation of employment within 5 days of ending the position
Note: Unemployment of more than 90 days will cause your OPT to automatically end by the SEVIS system-the way they know you are employed is through your reporting of #2 (above)
Note: Provide a 6 month update on your employment status and personal information. You can do this here
Requesting a transcript
Upon graduation you will be mailed a copy of your official transcript. If you wish to receive additional copies of your transcript please follow this link or contact Blugold Central at 715-836-3000
Off campus housing
Moving off-campus can be an exciting and confusing time for all students. The CIE cannot advise on specific off-campus housing questions but the university does offer an off-campus housing guide to help students navigate moving off campus.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows F visaholders the opportunity to take part in credit bearing training opportunities such as internships during their studies. Students must be earning internship credit in their major field of study to be eligible for CPT.
For information on CPT please click here
Obtaining a social security number for on campus employment
In order to be employed on campus international students must obtain a social security number. Students must download this form or pick it up from the Center for International Education in Schofield 3.
Section 1 on the form is filled out by the student
Section 2 is filled out by the employer
Once section 2 is filled out the form must be turned into the CIE.
An international student adviser will look over the form and complete the process which can take up to two weeks. Once the form is signed by an international student adviser, the student will receive an email saying their form is ready to be picked up.
The student can then take the form to the social security office and obtain their number.
F- visaholders: If you need additional time to finish your program of study, please complete the program extension form, have it signed by your academic adviser, and return to the CIE. We will extend your program on your I-20 or contact you with further questions.
J-visaholders: If you need additional time to finish your program of study or want to extend your study at UW -Eau Claire you will need to both the program extension form and proof of financial support for the rest of your program of study. Please make an appointment with an ISSS staff member
Transferring from UW-Eau Claire
If you are transferring to another educational institution, the CIE may be able to help you transfer your immigration / SEVIS record to the new institution. You are responsible for transfer of all academic records.
Once you have received an acceptance letter from your new institution, please contact the CIE for an appointment about transferring your immigration record. An immigration record transfer can take place if you are transferring at the same education level or if you are going to another education level (like graduate school).
Severe economic hardship
If on-campus employment opportunities are not available or are otherwise insufficient, an eligible F-1 student may request employment authorization based on severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control.
The application requires adjudication by the US Department of Homeland Security and a student can expect to wait four months for adjudication. If you are suffering from Severe Economic Hardship due to Unforeseen Circumstances, please make an appointment with an ISSS staff member to discuss possible options.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows F visaholders to apply for one year of employment authorization to begin after graduation. The employment authorization is so that recent graduates can obtain training in their field of study. If you are interested in applying for OPT, you should begin the process the beginning of the semester before you graduation.
To find out more click here