F-1 Virtual Start

For F-1 international students who cannot arrive in-person for classes in fall 2020, UT Dallas will be able to accommodate students by offering a “Virtual Start.” F-1 students can begin their program of study online, from their home country, while completing the visa issuance process. Beginning your program of study online while outside the U.S. will allow you to stay on track with your desired timeline, save on housing expenses while earning credits, and give you more time to complete the immigration process to enter the U.S.

We will continue to update this page, so please check back for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I select the Virtual Start option?

Is there a deadline to select Virtual Start?

If I enroll in online courses for fall 2020 but obtain a visa mid-semester, can I come on campus for the remainder of fall 2020?

How will a virtual start affect my eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

How will a virtual start affect my eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

Do I need to get my I-20 now if I’m starting virtually?

I already received my I-20 for the fall 2020 semester. Do I need to do anything else?

What is the deadline to submit financial documents to get my I-20?

What is the processing time to get my I-20?

How will I receive my I-20?

What will happen to my assistantship?

What are the tuition rates and fees for Virtual Start?

Will the quality of education for online courses differ from on-campus courses?

If a student takes courses online, will the degree conferred after program completion be the same as an on-campus student?

What if I have more questions?


Speak with a prospective student advisor about starting your F-1 status at UT Dallas.

Virtual appointments available weekly.