International Student Information
Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and from around the world. The following information will be helpful to you as you begin your studies.
AAP offers courses in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, Montgomery County, Maryland, and online (See Campus Locations). Regardless of where you are taking courses, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services on the Baltimore Homewood campus serves all AAP international students who have come to the U.S. on a JHU sponsored visa (typically an F-1 visa). For information on immigration matters, please contact this office at 667-208-7001 or email@example.com. As a newly enrolled F-1 student, in order to comply with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, you can only begin your program in the fall or spring semester. You cannot begin your studies in a summer semester. To receive an F-1 visa, students in AAP must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 courses to be considered full time status, only one of which can be online during the fall and spring semesters. International students on an F-1 visa are not required to take courses during the summer term.
Since AAP is considered a part time program, students taking three courses or more are considered full time status in a part time program and are not eligible for certain services on the Homewood (Baltimore) campus designated only for students enrolled in full time programs, such as the Recreation Center, the Health Center, and the Writing Center. AAP students can see a doctor at JHU Community Physicians if they have the proper insurance coverage, and receive help at the Writing Center in Baltimore. AAP students at all locations are entitled to an array of services to enhance their academic and personal experience.
International students must enroll in the university health insurance plan or a comparable plan. The university health insurance plan has enrollment periods over the summer (for fall enrollment) as well as during January (for spring enrollment). Please visit the Student Health Insurance Page for more information.
Advanced Academic Programs does not provide housing for students, but we do provide resources for locating housing in your preferred neighborhood. Visit Housing Resources for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
I will be moving to the area. Where do I live?
If you are a student in a Center for Biotechnology Education Program, you may have to travel between the Homewood and Montgomery County Campuses to complete degree requirements. Work opportunities for F1-visa students are largely restricted to the Baltimore area. However, some concentrations require coursework at the Montgomery County Campus. Thus, selection of housing location is very important to your program planning. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I am an international student. Is health insurance mandatory and if so, how do I get it? How do I find a doctor?
I don’t have a car. If my program runs courses at both Montgomery County and the Homewood campus or both the Washington, DC Center and the Homewood campus, can I register for courses at two locations?
I am an international student. Where can I get a job?
Can I use Curricular Practical Training (CPT) while enrolled in the program?
Can I use Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completion of the program?
Can I participate in an internship or externship while enrolled in the program?
Does the program provide graduate teaching assistantships?
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