Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

1. How many credits are given per course?
Courses range from 2-4 credits. Most courses are 3 credits.

 

2. What is a normal course load? How many courses per semester do I need to take?
Most undergraduate students take between 12 and 15 credits a semester.

 

3. When will I register for courses?
Every international student needs to register for classes with his or her academic advisor before each semester starts. All international students must register for at least 12 credit hours each semester. Since being accepted, an international student knows his or her academic advisor. For more information about academic advising and registering, contact the International Programs office.

 

4. How is the grading system?
The grading system is based on percentage and a letter grading system. On each assignment you do (unless otherwise specified by your professer) you will get a score between a 100%-0%, 100% being the highest. Each percentage has a letter equivalancy from A-E, A being the best and E being the worst.

 


5. Will University of St. Francis send a transcript to my home institution at the end of the semester?

Yes, the University of St. Francis will be able to provide your home institution with a copy of your transcripts when you have completed your studies.

 

6.How much can I expect to spend during one semester (four months)?
Depending on your personal spending habits you will most likely need between $1,000-$4,000 of personal spending money.

 

7. Is it easy for an international / exchange student to find a part-time job?
International students are only allowed to work part-time on campus. They are allowed to work 20 hours a week when school is in session and up to 40 hours per week on holidays, such as Christmas break and spring break.

 

8. Will I need to open a bank account in United States?
It is not a requirement to open a bank account in the US, but it would be very helpful and you will avoid paying international transaction fees that come with using an international account. During your orientation, the International Programs Office will assist you in opening a bank account. There are a number of banking options near USF.

 

Bank of America
1550 W Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60435

 

www.bankofamerica.com
815-730-8405 Chase
120 North Scott Street
Joliet, IL 60432

 

www.chase.com
815-774-7717

 

Harris Bank
78 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
www.harrisbank.com
815-726-4371

 

9. How do I open a bank account?
To open an account you will need to bring TWO of the following documents to the bank :
• Passport
• School ID
• I-20
• State ID or Driver License (If you have one)
• Social security card (If you have one)
You will need to fill out some documents at the bank, if you need help with any of this, contact the IPO and they will help you open your account.

 

10. Do I need to bring my own bedding if I am going to live in residence on-campus?
It is your decision whether or not you want to being your own bedding. If you decide not to bring bedding, the university can offer you a couple of different options. Follow the link below to learn more about the different bedding packages available:
http://www.rhl.org/ShopBy/Classic–Value-Paks

 

11. Where can I go if I need to see a doctor?
University of St. Francis has a Health and Wellness Center that is available for students. It is located at the USF Motherhouse.

 

12. When should I book my flight to return home?
You should look at the academic calendar and book your flight home according to the dates that classes are in session. It is EXTREMELY important that you arrive to campus on time and do not leave until your classes are over.

 

13. How is the weather in Joliet? Do I need special clothing?
There are four seasons in Joliet; winter, spring, summer and fall. It can be very cold during the winter, so it is important to bring warm clothing ; a winter coat, hat, gloves, scarves, mittens etc. In the summer it is very hot, you will want to have shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and a swim suit if you enjoy going to beaches or pools.

 

14. Can I drive in the US with the driving license from my home country?
International students who want to drive in Illinois, must obtain an Illinois driver’s license. The Secretary of State’s office issues a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) for non-citizens of the United States who have been granted temporary, legal entry into this country and are temporarily residing in the State of Illinois and ineligible for a Social Security number. You can find out more here: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/