As an international student or scholar, there are specific regulations regarding your travel, work, and academics, and it is important that you are familiar with these requirements so that you can continue to study or work in the United States. If you have any questions, contact our office.
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visas and immigration
Whether you have an F-1 or J-1 student visa, there are very specific rules and regulations that you must follow to enter the U.S. Review the information provided here to ensure a smooth transition.
If you are interested in working in the U.S., be sure to understand the options available to F-1 and J-1 visa holders. View your employment eligibility.
Due to the higher cost of health care in the United States, international students, scholars and their accompanying dependents must carry health insurance that meets or exceeds U.S. F-1 or J-1 visa regulations. Enrolling in a good health insurance plan is for your protection and it is important that you carry your insurance card at all times and understand the details of your policy.
F-1 student visa holders
If you are an F-1 visa student, you will be automatically enrolled in the VISIT international health insurance program. Learn about your health coverage.
J-1 student or scholar visa holders
For students or scholars carrying a J-1 visa, three options exist:
- Enroll in the VISIT international health insurance plan. This price varies depending on total time spent in the United States.
- If you are a Language House Assistant, you'll automatically be enrolled in the VISIT international health insurance plan as part of your contract.
- If you have health insurance that meets or exceeds J-1 international insurance requirements, you can waive the VISIT health insurance plan. Send proof of coverage to our office prior to arrival, and complete our insurance waiver form. Download the insurance waiver form as a PDF.
Resources for living in the U.S.
Through our events and activities, we help our international residents
thrive in our community. We have also compiled a variety of information to help you plan for life in the U.S.
book scholarship For freshmen
A generous Furman international student alumnus has started a fund to help incoming international students with the cost of books. If you are a freshman and would like to be considered to receive a small stipend to help with the cost of books, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the receipt for your books (fall or spring semester.) We will accept receipts until the fund has been depleted.