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About ISSS

International Student & Scholar Services, ISSS, is a valuable resource to international students attending Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus for all of your immigration questions and documents. Our staff is available to assist you with immigration advising and support, and we look forward to working with you during your time at Embry-Riddle. Our primary focus areas are:

  • ADVICE: Advise on immigration and other government regulations
  • SUPPORT: Organize orientation and continued assistance
  • PROGRAMMING: Offer opportunities for campus and community involvement
  • ADVOCACY: Represent and voice your interests, needs, and concerns

Services Provided:

  • I-20 requests
  • Employment authorizations (CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT)
  • Orientation and pre-arrival presentations
  • Travel signatures
  • Special programming for international students

Admitted Students

You must be admitted before you can request an I-20. Once you receive your admission email, click on the button below to initiate your request for travel documents.

You may request an I-20 before you pay the tuition deposit.

Tips For International Students

Everything you need to know about living in the U.S.!

Bank accounts, mobile phone service, health insurance, where to eat, where to sleep, and how to make the most of your time in the United States. The International Student Guidebook has it all!

Explore the Guidebook now >

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University International Students

International Student Organization, or ISO, is dedicated to bringing together students from all over the world who come to Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus.

ISO organizes activities designed specifically for international students to socialize, mentor, and develop their professional skills.

There are no fees to join this organization and all students are welcome!

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Working on Campus

Students studying on F-1 visa may be eligible to work on campus. You can search and apply for on-campus jobs through the Student Employment Office.

Visit Student Employment >

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT is an authorization to get off-campus training within the United States while studying on an F-1 visa. CPT must be an essential part of a student’s learning experience and must allow the student to apply knowledge and utilize skills they have gained in their academic program. CPT is usually taken as an internship or co-op.

Learn more about CPT >

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed their degrees are permitted to work, volunteer, or take non-degree courses.

Learn more about OPT >

STEM OPT Extension

The STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student's program of study in an approved STEM field. Eligible F-1 students with STEM degrees who finish their program of study and participate in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT (often for 12 months) have the option to apply for a STEM OPT extension. Students may not apply for STEM OPT extensions during the 60-day grace period following an initial period of regular post-completion OPT. 

Learn more about STEM extension >

If you must take a break from academics to return home and complete military service, there are a few steps you need to take before you leave the university and before you return.

Before you leave Embry-Riddle

You will need to officially withdraw from the university and terminate your active I-20. Forms are available to initiate both of these processes.

  1. Complete a University Withdrawal Form and take it to ERNIE Central in the Student Union.
  2. Complete a Leave of Absence Request through the ISSS portal.

Before you return to Embry-Riddle

Contact dbiss@erau.edu as soon as you know when you will be able to resume your Embry-Riddle studies. It may take several weeks to gather all of your required travel documents, so do not wait until the last minute.

Contact Us

International Student & Scholar Services

Walk-in Hours & Location

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesdays 11:00am-1:00pm
Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm

Located in New Residence Hall 3, entrance across from Boundless