While studying in the United States, F-1 students must:

  • Attend all classes and maintain normal academic progress
    • If school seems too difficult, speak with ISS and your faculty advisor immediately.
  • Maintain a full-course of study each term (i.e. take at least 12 credits in the Fall/Spring terms and 3 credits in Centre Term)
    • If you cannot study full-time, contact ISS immediately to help determine if you are eligible for a reduced course load (RCL) in qualifying circumstances such as medical condition or illness.
  • Keep all documents safe and up-to-date (see below for more details)
  • Accept and engage in employment opportunities only as authorized (see Employment & Taxes for more details)
  • Follow appropriate transfer, extension, or change of program/status regulations
    • If you will not graduate on time, will transfer to another school, will change your education level (i.e. go on to a US graduate school) or will change from/to another visa status, please contact ISS as soon as possible.


Keeping your documents safe and up-to-date

Form I-20

Your printed I-20 and/or your online SEVIS record need to be updated for any or all of the follow events:

  • Change your major
    • At Centre, most students will declare their major(s)/minor(s) toward the end of the sophomore (second) year. Changes after that must also be updated promptly.
  • Transfer to a new school
    • This includes the situation when you will graduate from Centre and then begin graduate studies at another US college/university or when you might switch to another institution to complete a 3+2 dual degree program
  • Take a personal leave of absence
  • Take a medically necessary break from school
  • Study abroad / away**
  • Work in an OFF-campus, paid or unpaid, internship within the US
  • Travel outside the US**
  • Move to a new address or change your phone number/personal email
    • ISS does not need an address correction for the short winter break in December, but it is recommended to keep your physical and mailing address updated for the longer summer break, particularly if you remain in the US
  • Request a program extension if you will not graduate within four years

**Travel Endorsement: You will need to have the Travel Endorsement on page 2 of your I-20 signed by someone in the ISS office if you will depart and later re-enter the US. This signature is valid for one year.


Your passport should always be valid at least 6 months into the future.

If your passport is expiring soon, let ISS know, and contact your country’s embassy or consulate in the US to learn the renewal or extension procedure. The process and time it takes are different for each country.

If your passport is lost or stolen, you will need to file a police report to detail the incident. It may take a few business days for the police department to issue the report, but you will use that document to request a passport replacement with your country’s embassy or consulate in the US. Make sure you hold onto a copy of the police report in case you need to apply for a replacement or renewal of your F-1 visa.


As important as your passport and I-20 are, so too is the I-94. The admission number / record as indicated on your I-94 is your lawful record of admission or proof of legal visitor status in the US. It shows a limited travel history going back 10 years of your US arrivals and departures.

Every time you enter the US, you should look up and print out your I-94 shortly afterwards. You may need to allow 5~10 business days for US Customs and Borders Protection to update their systems records.

How to access your I-94 online:

  1. Visit https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/
  2. Click on “Get Most Recent I-94” near the top
  3. After reading the Terms of Service, click “I acknowledge and agree” to proceed
  4. Enter the appropriate information exactly as it appears on your passport, and click “Next”

You should verify that the “Admit Until” date on your I-94 and the admission stamp in your passport lists “D/S” (i.e. Duration of Status) and is NOT a specific date. If the “Admit Until” date is not listed as “D/S” or if your name, birthdate, or other information is incorrect, please contact ISS immediately.

F-1 visa

The F-1 visa page that is in your passport is specifically for entry into the US. Your length of authorized stay within the US depends on maintaining your F-1 student status as described above.

If plan to depart and later re-enter the US, your F-1 visa must be valid. Visas cannot be renewed within the US, so please make sure you renew your F-1 visa at a US embassy or consulate outside the US when appropriate for re-entry.

Note: A citizen of Canada or Bermuda does not need to apply for a visa at a US Embassy or Consulate. Citizens of these countries may apply for F-1 status at the port of entry so long as they have paid the SEVIS fee and can present their I-20 to the officer.


For more information, please contact ISS and/or refer to the following source(s):


Jessica Leonard

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Assistant Director, Centre Global
International Student Services (ISS)

Office Location: Old Carnegie
Office Phone: +1 859.238.6106
Office Email: jessica.leonard@centre.edu
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BS: Physics, University of Maryland

M.Ed (pursuing): Higher Education – Student Affairs, Liberty University

Jessica Leonard joined Centre Global in August 2018 as the English as a Second Language (ESL)-International Student Services (ISS) Support Specialist before taking on the ISS Assistant Director role in June 2019. She previously taught ESL in South Korea for almost 8 years.

Jessica is a member of the College's CARE team and Enrollment Management & Retention Advisory Committee in addition to serving on the College's Staff Congress as Secretary. She currently advises the International Student Association (ISA), the Asian American and Pacific Islander Coalition (AAPIC), and the Centre South Asian Cultural Association (SACA) and previously advised the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA).

In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Versailles, KY.

Adam Chen-Dedman

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Executive Director, Centre Global

Office Location: Old Carnegie
Office Phone: +1 859.238.5268
Office Email: adam.chen-dedman@centre.edu
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BA: Comparative Culture (Humanities), Sophia University (Japan)

MTS: Asian Religion & Gender, Harvard University

Adam Chen-Dedman is a native of Kentucky and joined Centre College in 2023 as Executive Director of Centre Global. He spent 25 years studying and working abroad in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and Australia. From 2005 to 2012 Adam served as head of International Student Services, Director of the Study Abroad program, and then Assistant to the President of International Affairs at Payap University in Thailand. From 2013 to 2019 he served as Executive Director of the Institute of South East Asian Affairs, a regional study abroad program, that was based at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. In these roles, Adam forged relationships with US colleges and universities and oversaw students from the US and other countries who were studying abroad in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Adam is completing his PhD in Cultural Studies of Asia at The University of Melbourne (Australia) where he researches responses to Chinese nationalism, geopolitics in Taiwan's LGBTQ+ social movement, and Japanese and Thai queer cultural interactions with Taiwan. He has taught courses on LGBTQ+ activism and human rights in Asia, Sex and Politics, and Global Media Cultures. His publications can be found in Nations and Nationalism, International Journal of Taiwan Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, and Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics. Adam speaks Japanese, Thai, Mandarin, and conversational Spanish.;

Vivienne Main

Assistant Director, Centre Global
Study Abroad and Away

Office Location: Old Carnegie
Office Phone: +1 859.238.5285
Office Email: vivienne.main@centre.edu
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MSci: Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of Glasgow

Vivienne Main is a Scotland native who graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2015 with an MSci in Marine and Freshwater Biology. She studied abroad in Egypt and focused on tropical ecology with a strong emphasis on citizen science engagement and science communication.

Vivienne spent 4 years working abroad in Egypt and The Bahamas coordinating STEM and sustainability-focused programs for visiting international students. Upon moving to the USA in 2019 she served as Program Coordinator for International Field Studies, an educational and scientific non-profit organization established to promote and assist educators with field study programs. In these roles, Vivienne coordinated international travel, and on-site logistics, and advised students from the US and other countries who were studying abroad.

Margaret Meadows

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Office Coordinator, Centre Global

Office Location: Old Carnegie
Office Phone: +1 859.238.5295
Office Email: margaret.meadows@centre.edu
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BA: Spanish and International Relations, University of Kentucky

Margaret Meadows joined Centre Global in 2022. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2015 where she studied abroad in Costa Rica and earned a BA in Spanish and International Relations.


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