New Program/Major Change

UConn Students Starting a New Program 

Current Students Changing or Adding Majors

UConn Students Starting a New Program

If you are currently a UConn F-1 student and you will start a new academic program at UConn, ISSS will issue an updated Form I-20 for you. You must submit a Request Form I-20/DS-2019 (Current or Returning UConn Students) record to request the new Form I-20 with updated program/degree level.

Request Form I-20/DS-2019 (Current or Returning UConn Students) if you are currently a UConn student and you will:

  • Begin a new program at UConn after completing your current program.
  • Begin a new program at a different degree level while finishing up your prior program (new program is your primary program of study)
  • Withdraw from your current degree program and start a new program in the next semester. Graduate students only.  You must gain admission to your new program, and complete the Request Form I-20/DS-2019 (Current or Returning UConn Students) Record to request a new/updated I-20, before you withdraw from your current program.  If you withdraw mid-semester, or if you withdraw before obtaining admission to a new program and a new Form I-20, then your SEVIS record could be subject to termination.  Students taking a terminal Master’s should use the Major/Minor Change notification form below, NOT the Request Form I-20/DS-2019 (Current or Returning UConn Students) record.

Please complete the online request AFTER you have been admitted to your new program.

You must prepare and upload 1) a new Financial Declaration Form, 2) proof of available funding for at least the first year of your new program and 3) for Grad Students only proof of admission to your new degree program (upload matriculation letter to Form I-20/DS-2019 Request). If you start the application, and cannot finish, do not create a new application. Log in to the ISSS Portal to continue your existing application.

 


 

Deadline to apply:
You must request your new I-20 within one month after completing your first UConn program, and before submitting your new program. The new program must begin within five months after completing your first program, or in the next available start term, whichever comes first.

If you are currently on post-completion OPT, you must request the new Form I-20 within one month after completing your post-completion OPT, and before completing your new program. The new program must begin within five months after your last day of employment, or the next available academic term, whichever comes first.

J-1 Exchange Visitors: If you are a J-1 exchange visitor, consult with your ISSS advisor to find out if you may study in additional programs under your exchange visitor program.

Current Students Changing or Adding Majors

F-1 students making a change to your current program or major will need an updated Form I-20 reflecting the new program or major.  ISSS is automatically notified of these changes, and in some cases you will be issued a new Form I-20.  If a new Form I-20 is issued, we will contact you by email when your form is ready for pick-up, mailing,  or downloading from the ISSS Portal.  If you do not receive an updated Form I-20 from ISSS within 30 days after you change or add your major, please email international@uconn.edu.

ISSS will be notified of the following changes automatically:

  • Undergraduate major changes, adding/dropping second majors – a new I-20 will be issued
  • Adding/changing minors-no new I-20 issued
  • Adding additional programs you will pursue at the same time as the program listed on your current I-20 (second Master’s degree) – ISSS will reach out to you to see which program information is appropriate to be listed on your I-20
  • Changing or adding graduate concentrations, adding graduate certificates-no new I-20 issued, unless adding/changing concentration for MBA, and PhD Business, Psychology and Ed. Psychology 
  • Enrolling in a dual degree program-ISSS will reach out to you to see which program information is appropriate to be listed on your I-20
  • Changing degree from PhD to terminal Master’s (F-1 students only) – a new I-20 will be issued

J-1 students: J-1 students must consult with an ISSS advisor before making any changes to their academic program. Changes may not be permitted under the J-1 visa regulations.