Center for International Students and Scholars

The mission of the Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) is to support international students and scholars in their campus integration and educational pursuits. The CISS team consists of government-approved Designated School Officials (DSOs) who possess in-depth knowledge of F and J immigration regulations. Through advising, they keep the institution, scholars and students, including recent graduates on Optional Practical Training, in compliance with immigration laws.

In addition to compliance responsibilities, the CISS is committed to the development of international students and scholars. We provide personal advising and orientation training on academic and everyday life in the United States through a variety of programs, including: WorldView ambassadors, curricular practical training (CPT) and OPT workshops and Open Dialogues for new students, among others.

Other campus-wide events offered by the center include the fall CultureFest, in collaboration with the Multicultural Center, and spring Festival of Colors with the International Student Association (ISA). The CISS advises many student organizations including the ISA. The center is committed to providing a caring and supportive atmosphere for the university’s 1,400 international students and scholars from more than 90 countries.

Location: Student Center 310

International Student Distance Learning Hybrid and Online Course Policy

International students attending Bentley University on the F-1 Visa have special regulations for online and hybrid classes. The Department of Homeland Security requires F-1 students to maintain a full course of study, and the course of study must lead to the attainment of a specific educational or professional objective. A full course of study is defined as a minimum of: 12 credit hours for undergraduate and nine credit hours for graduate students. F-1 students can count only one  online/distance learning class or three credits of online/distance learning course per semester toward the full course of study requirement [8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)].

For hybrid courses, international students are required to maintain physical presence in these classes by attending at least 50% of the class sessions in person. Please note that any hybrid course in which physical attendance in class totals less than 50% will count as the one allowed online/distance learning course.

*Hybrid classes where students have the option to either participate online or in class will be considered online/distance classes if students chose not to be physically present.

Failure to comply with the regulation [8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)] will be a violation of a student’s F-1 status.