The VISA Series (VCU International Student Achievement)
The VCU International Student Achievement (VISA) Series will consist of weekly, advisor-led
workshops, focused on topics relevant to the university’s F-1 students.
In response to your feedback, we will be offering both virtual and in-person workshops
Fall 2023 Workshops
|Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
We know that the training experience in your major gained through post-completion OPT can play a vital role in bringing to life the concepts learned in the classroom. We also know that applying for OPT and complying with OPT regulations can seem a bit daunting. These workshops are intended to help offer you clarity and confidence as you navigate the process. This workshop is intended for students who are graduating at the end of the current semester.
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m.
September 12 – December 5*
*Except November 7 and November 21, 2023 (Election Day in the U.S. and Fall Break)
Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Gaining hands-on professional experience prior to graduation can be vital for preparing students to enter/reenter the workforce. Pre-completion OPT authorization will permit you to engage in practical training in your field while simultaneously completing your coursework. This workshop is ideal for students with training opportunities that do not meet the academic requirements for CPT.
September 21, 11 a.m.
September 26, 2 p.m.
November 17, 10 a.m.
October 19, 12 p.m.
In-Person Location: TBD
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a great option for students whose program of study requires participation in an experiential learning activity like an internship or who wish to take an internship-type class to satisfy a degree requirement. This workshop will cover the regulatory framework for engaging in academically-aligned practical training, eligibility criteria, and the process for requesting CPT authorization.
September 7, 10 a.m.
September 13, 10 a.m.
October 18, 2 p.m.
November 16, 3 p.m.
December 5, 12 p.m.
October 3, 3 p.m.
Location: 912 W Grace Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3126
Working on campus is a great way to gain some valuable experience to add to your resume, engage with the campus community, and earn a bit of extra money. F-1 students interested in applying for on-campus employment are invited to attend this workshop to discuss their eligibility and get a list of resources to support their job search.
October 26, 2 p.m.
August 29, 10 a.m.
Location: Grace Street Center (912 W Grace Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3127)
Maintaining F-1 Status
The Basics: Maintaining Your F-1 Status
All virtual workshops will be delivered using the Zoom platform. To access your VCU Zoom account, please visit vcu.zoom.us and log in with your VCU credentials. After you register, we recommend that you add your workshop details to the Gmail (Google) calendar associated with your student account. Instructions for importing Zoom meetings to your Gmail calendar can be found in the Zoom Support Center.