Academic FAQs

How do I know which university/college I should apply to?

The MOHESR has a list of approved universities/colleges for study in the US. You should apply only to universities/colleges that are on the approved list by MOHESR. Attending an unaccredited university/college will deny the authentication and the evaluation of your transcript and diploma.

You may also to refer to the information provided by the Cultural Division in Washington, DC before applying to any university/college by referring to its list of approved institutions “University Database”.

How do I know which program/major I should apply to?

The MOHESR has a list of approved programs/majors for study in the US. You should apply only to those programs/majors that are on the approved list by MOHESR and fit within the parameters set by the decree issued by your scholarship. Attending unaccredited or unassigned programs/majors will deny the authentication and the evaluation of your transcript and diploma.

You may also to refer to the information provided by the Cultural Division in Washington, DC before applying to any programs/majors by referring to its list of approved programs/majors “University Database”.

What do I need to submit to my Scholarship Academic Advisor at the beginning and at the end of each semester?
  • At the beginning of each semester, you should make sure you have sent your Academic Advisor a list of the courses you have registered for, along with the total credit hours and schedule of courses. Your tuition invoice cannot be paid without this information, so it is important to make sure you send it as soon as it is available.
  • At the end of the semester, please send your academic advisor an official transcript of your grades.
What is the minimum number of credits hours I need to take each semester/quarter?

Undergraduate students should register for and complete at least 12 credit hours per semester or 15 credit hours per quarter.

Graduate students should register for and complete at least 9 credit hours per semester or 12 credit hours per quarter.

All F-1/J-1 students have to maintain the requested enrollment of credits hours as mentioned above to avoid any troubles with the US immigrations laws. 

What do I need to do to change my field of study?

Each scholarship holder is committed to his/her assigned field of study, university, country and duration of study as per his/her decree.

If a student wants to change his/her field of study, this requires the approval of his/her sponsor before any change. We would like to reaffirm the importance of committing to the primary scholar’s specialization, except in cases of extreme necessity and after obtaining the sponsors approval in advance of any change.

The Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MOHESR) regulations of changing specializations are as follows:

  • The scholar presents a request explaining the reasons that pushed him/her to change the major.
  • S/he provides a letter to be sent from the Academic Advisor at the University to the Academic Advisor at the Cultural Division indicating the reasons.
  • S/he fills out the Change of Major Form provided by the Academic Advisor at the Cultural Division.
  • S/he has to continue the major which was the basis for the scholarship until the Ministry approves/disapproves the change of major.
Can I Add/Drop a course?

You MUST not withdraw from any courses that you have already registered for unless it is during the Add/Drop period that the university specified. You must be committed to the courses you selected for each semester or quarter.

You MUST maintain the minimum credit hours as required by the US immigration rules and regulations policy dictate that an undergraduate student is not allowed to register for less than 12 credits per a semester or 15 credits per a quarter. And, for the graduate not less than 9 credits per a semester or 12 credits per a quarter. If for any reason you intend to drop certain credits, you must get a written approval from both your University or College Academic Advisor and your Scholarship Academic Advisor.

Not registering the minimum credit hours will render your residency in the U.S. illegal which will expose you to penalties such as detention or deportation.

You will be responsible for the payment of the tuition fees of the courses you added or dropped without approval from your Scholarship Academic Advisor and the courses were not included in your Academic Study Plan.

How many credit hours by non-traditional courses are allowed during the Undergraduate/Graduate studies?

“Non-traditional courses” are courses that are not taught in a traditional classroom, lecture or seminar setting.  Undergraduate students can take a total of 12 hours of non-traditional coursework.  Masters students can take a total of 6 credits and Ph.Ds can take 9 credit hours.  Non-traditional coursework can only be taken if the following conditions are met:

  • All online, distance learning, hybrid/blend, correspondence, independent studies, and internship courses must be approved by the Cultural Division before the student enrolls in the course.
  • Students must provide the Cultural Division with a letter from his/her home university describing the courses in detail.
  • Online, distance learning, hybrid/blend, and correspondence courses must be completed at an approved university. Independent studies courses must be completed at the home university.

Failure to follow these conditions under any circumstances, including when you plan to pay for the classes yourself, can result in your degree not being authenticated by the Cultural Division upon completion.

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