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Changing Majors/Levels

Changing Majors/Levels

Changes to a student’s academic status must be reflected on the I-20. If you change your major or academic level, request an updated I-20. 


  1. For a change of major, submit the Change of Major/Level Form to ISSS immediately before or after the change. ISSS will verify the change before updating the I-20. For a change of level, submit the Change of Major/Level Form and financial documentation in the final semester of your current program. Change of levels must demonstrate adequate funds to cover an entire year of expenses and complete their current level before a new I-20 can be created.
  2. If approved, you will receive an email notifying your I-20 is ready for pick-up.

Frequently Asked Questions

When changing majors, will I be given additional time to finish the new program?
Yes, but not immediately. When changing your major, the updated I-20 ISSS issues you will not include an extended program end date. Instead, when your I-20 approaches its original program end date, you should submit a request for an extension.

What should I do with my old I-20 after I receive the new I-20 with the updated major/level information?
Students should keep all I-20s issued to them. Take these with you when you travel outside of the U.S.


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