Updates and Announcements 

Please watch this webpage and be sure to check your email frequently. We will continue to send you urgent information by email and will update messages posted on ISP Instagram page.

We intend to send out emails to students on a weekly basis. If you haven't received an email in the last few weeks, please provide your full name, CWID, and email address to Lynn Ling at linglynn@deanza.edu. She will ensure that you are included in our mailing list.

Quick Notes

Full-Time Enrollment: 12 unit Requirement  (Posted on Sept 19, 2023)

  • All F-1 international students studying inside the U.S. must enroll in and maintain 12 units every quarter (fall, winter and spring). If you wish to drop below 12 units for any reason, you must first get approval from an ISP counselor and immigration advisor.
  • Please note that the 12 unit requirement does not apply to new Fall 2023 students who are outside the U.S. as they are not yet in F-1 status.  The 12 unit requirement is only for students who are inside the U.S. OR are studying outside the U.S. with an active SEVIS record.
  • EWs and Ws (Excused Withdrawals and Withdrawals) do not count toward the 12 unit requirement. Also, students MUST obtain approval from your assigned academic counselor prior to dropping a class with a W or requesting an EW.

SEVP has ended its Coronavirus guidance regarding online class enrollment starting Fall term 2023-24. (Posted on May 24, 2023)


The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has ended its Coronavirus guidance regarding online class enrollment, following the official end of the national COVID-19 health emergency.  Here is what this means for you:

  • F-1 students must register in on-campus (in person) classes beginning Fall quarter of the 2023-24 academic year. 
  • You will only be allowed to count a maximum of one online class toward the mandatory minimum course load of study (12 units).  
  • Hybrid classes (course section code ‘Y’) are considered the same as on-campus (in-person) classes. 
  • Failure to comply will result in the termination of your F-1 status.

You can read the complete guidance from SEVP HERE.

Tuition and Fees

Please read this message about an increase in tuition for the 2022-23 academic year.

There's a new option for submitting payments. Visit our Continuing Students webpage and look under "Paying Tuition and Fees" to learn about the Flywire payment system.

Fraud Advisory: Watch for Scammers!

Students: Please beware of a scam involving individuals who falsely claim to be calling from the U.S. government office known as the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) or the SEVP Response Center (SRC).

These fraudulent callers may claim to be SRC representatives and they may appear to be calling from SRC phone numbers such as 703-603-3400 and 800-892-4829. They may ask about your Form I-94 documents or ask you to provide financial information. 


  • SEVP officials will NEVER ask you to provide account numbers for credit cards, debit cards or gift cards, or wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose. 
  • You should NEVER give personal or financial information to callers you don't know.
  • If you receive a call like this and you aren't sure if it is legitimate, you can check with one of these advisers in the International Student Programs office at De Anza:
  • You should also report fraudulent or suspicious calls to the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations division by using their online tip form.
  • If you have any additional questions regarding this matter, please contact the SEVP Response Center

This video from Arizona State University provides useful information about scams targeting international students.

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