Current International Students
International students are an integral part of the Otero campus
International students at Otero receive a quality education wrapped in an experience that will last a life time. Through programs, activities and events designed to enhance the student experience we strive to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation of all cultures while providing crucial support services to our international student population.
Find out why falling out of status opens the door to potential complications and serious problems with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). It can affect your ability to obtain a US visa or enter the country in the future.
You have questions? We have answers. Sometimes knowing the right question to ask is the key to understanding. We have tried to provide for you many of the Frequently Asked Questions and the answers to those questions.
It is important that you understand the types of documents that you need to have completed or in your possession as you prepare to come to the United States to study.
If your plans include traveling out of the country or within the country, there are some important documents you will need to have.
Download the Scholarship Options PDF for useful and important information concerning scholarships you can apply for.
As federal funds (work-study) may not be used to support international student employment, the Otero International Relations Office has made limited funds available to provide the opportunity for on-campus employment, referred to commonly as “Student Hourly Employment”, to a limited number of students.
Curricular Practical Training, or CPT, is work authorization that allows F-1 students to gain practical work experience in their field of study prior to the completion of their academic programs.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is employment authorization which allows F-1 students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience.
Help for Unforeseen Circumstances. F-1 students who do not qualify for employment under Practical Training (CPT or OPT) may be eligible to apply to USCIS for off-campus work authorization based on economic hardship due to unforeseen circumstances.