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Vacation While School is in Session

F-1 students become eligible to take an "annual vacation" after completing at least one academic year of their program in the United States. Students on a semester schedule should take their annual vacation during their summer break.

ESL Students and Vacation

ESL students who begin study in August are eligible for summer vacation. Students who begin in October, January, March or June will need to be continuously enrolled for one academic year to be eligible for vacation. Talk to Sarah Stevens if you have questions.

Academic Students and Vacation

All academic students are eligible for vacation during the summer term of UNA with two exceptions (see below). While UNA offers a summer term, it is not considered part of the regular academic year and the university does not offer a full schedule of courses. If you want to take a break at another time of year when classes are in session, make an appointment with your DSO to request a Leave of Absence.

Exceptions to Annual Vacation for Students in an academic program
  • first semester - If you are beginning a new I-20 this summer, you must enroll in summer semester with the correct number of face-to-face credit hours.
  • last semester - If you are graduating in August 2017 and you will take your last classes this summer, you must enroll in summer semester with the correct number of face-to-face credit hours.

Travel Signature

If you plan to travel outside the US during vacation or any other break, talk to your DSO or ARO. Your DSO needs to endorse page two of your I–20 for re-entry to the United States.

End-of-Semester Travel Signatures begin:
  • Academic students - Study Day, the preparation day for finals
  • ESL Students - Turn in on last day of Term 2, I-20s returned after ESL Completion Ceremony each semester

Make sure you are prepared to reenter the United States. You should hand-carry the following documents through a U.S. port of entry:

  • Your signed Form I–20
  • Your DSO’s name and contact information
  • Valid visa and passport
  • Transcript (recommended)
Email oiaservices@una.edu