Prospective or Future International Students at Claremont Graduate University

Current International Students

Current international students can get assistance with all of your needs including employment authorization and extensions needed to stay in the country.  Call, email, or come in and talk to our staff about any questions you have.

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Non-Credit English Course

Admitted students who score less than 250 (CBT), 100 (iBT), or 600 (PBT) on the TOEFL, or below a 7.5 on the IELTS, will be required to take a non-credit English course during their first semester at CGU. For more information on the course, please contact the Writing Center at writecenter@cgu.edu or review the information in the CGU Bulletin.

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Employment Authorization

On Campus Employment
  • F-1 students can work on campus without express-written permission, up to 20 hours per week during school time, and up to 40 hours per week during school breaks (Winter vacation and Summer semester).
  • J-1 students are eligible for the same work time periods but must have express-written permission from the International Office Staff (or their Responsible Officer if CGU is not their sponsoring institution).
F-1 Curricular Practical Training (PDF) F-1 CPT allows you to work off-campus while a student at CGU. Please refer to the F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application Packet for information and eligibility requirements.
F-1 Optional Practical Training (PDF) F-1 OPT allows you to work off-campus full-time for up to 12 months after you graduate from CGU. Please refer to the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Packet for additional information and eligibility requirements.
F-1 OPT 17-month Stem Extension You must file for the STEM Extension before your 12-month OPT expires. (Please see additional OPT information for details).
J-1 Academic Training (PDF) J-1 Academic Training allows international student/scholars to work off-campus while studying at CGU or after they graduate CGU. Please refer to the J-1 Academic Training handout for information on Academic Training.
H-1B Cap Gap Extension A new regulation now allows F-1 students who have applied for an H-1B to have his/her F-1 status automatically extended until October 1 of the year in which the student is applying. Duration of status and work authorization will automatically be extended for a student on OPT who is the beneficiary of a timely filed H-1B petition requesting an employment start date of October 1 of the following fiscal year.

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J-1 Scholars

In order to be a J-1 Scholar at The Claremont Colleges, you must be invited by a department to conduct research or teach as a visiting professor.

Read our J-1 requirements.

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Extension of Time

If your I-20's end date is near and you are not graduating this semester please have your department complete the International Extension of Time form (PDF).

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Less Than Minimum Units

If this is your final semester and you have less than 8 units remaining to complete your degree, please have your department complete the Less than Minimum units form (PDF) by the add/drop date.

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SEVIS Reinstatement

If you are in need of a reinstatement please contact us at international@cgu.edu by the add/drop date.

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Transfer Out of CGU

In order to transfer your I-20 or DS-2019 from CGU to your new school, you will need to do the following:

Inform CGU You must inform both your academic department and the Registrar's Office of your intent to withdraw from CGU
“New School” Transfer form Submit a transfer form from your new school to the CGU international student services office.
Transfer from CGU Form (PDF) Complete the “Transfer from CGU" form to the international student services office.

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International Student Resources

The I-Place As a multi-functional inter-college space, I-Place is an exciting hub of international activity throughout the year. It is a "home away from home" for students from abroad and from the United States; a lounge for relaxing with a cup of coffee and a newspaper, or just to hang out!

The I-Place of The Claremont Colleges is also a center for cultural exchange and educational programming on key global issues, as well as a resource for international students.

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Questions?

  • Email Us at international@cgu.edu
  • Check our Announcements section
  • Phone: (909) 607-0434
  • Fax: (909) 607-7285
  • Mailing address:
    International Students
    160 E. Tenth St.
    Claremont CA 91711
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