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Completing a program

Completion of studies occurs when you have finished your academic program or your I-20/DS-2019 expires, whichever happens first. After completing your studies at MU, you have five options:

1. Leave the U.S.

  • F-1 students have up to 60 days to leave.
  • J-1 students have up to 30 days to leave.

2. Continue your studies at MU

  • F-1 students have up to 60 days to change their level and/or program at MU.
  • J-1 students must change their level and/or program before completing their studies.
  • If you are a sponsored international student, your sponsor might need to transfer your SEVIS record before you can continue your studies.
  • If you change funding or pursue a new objective, you might need to leave the United Staets before continuing your studies at MU.

3. Transfer to a different school

4. Start working

  • F-1 students must apply for OPT before the end of their 60-day grace period. Note: We recommend that students apply three months before they expect to start their employment.
  • J-1 students must request academic training before completing their studies.
  • Sponsored international students should check with their sponsors concerning their eligibility to work.

5. Change to another visa status

  • F-1 students must apply for a change of status within 60 days of completing their studies.
  • J-1 students must apply for a change of status before completing their studies.

If you are not sure which option is best for you, meet with an adviser to discuss your situation.