About International Programs

About International Programs

Our Mission

It is the mission of International Programs Office (IPO) to provide the educational, professional, and cultural needs of international students from pre-arrival correspondence to postgraduate concerns. IPO recognizes the responsibility of increasing international and multicultural understanding and serves as the primary liaison, and resource center for international students.

Our Services

We currently provide services to more than 110 international students. Our services include:

  • Advising and providing information to international students and MU staff and faculty on F-1 and related immigration regulation
  • Creating a positive environment to support student success
  • Increasing diversity awareness of MU faculty and student bodies
  • Assisting international students with problems and concerns related to academic and social life

IPO services which do not require an appointment:

  • I-20 signature for travel
  • Program extension
  • Transfer from MU
  • Emergency medical matters and claims
  • Work study contracts
  • Updates of changes in SEVIS excluding CPT and OPT

IPO services which require an appointment:

  • Curricular & Optional Practical Training authorization (two business days)
  • Reinstatement to student status (one business day)*
  • Off-campus employment authorization
  • Advice on personal and confidential matters
  • Advice on taxes
  • Invitation letters for visitor visas (one business day)*
  • Recommendation letter for student workers (one business day)*
  • Transportation for appointments (IPO will consider it case-by-case only. Students should notify IPO staff at least one week in advance.)

*During busy times, it may take longer than one business day. Please come prepared.


Office Hours

Hours during the Academic Year

Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Email or Phone

If you are not able to come in to the IPO, you may also contact us via email or by phone at internationalprograms@methodist.edu or (910) 630-7049.

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