Program Change & Extension

Program Change & Extension

Program Change

During your time at Millersville you may wish to alter your academic plans. Reasons for this might include change of major, change of level from undergrad to graduate, or extending your stay due to graduating later than originally expected. When considering making any of these changes it is important to discuss these plans with Global Education ahead of time.

Program Change

If any changes occur regarding your degree level, or major/program of study, you must update your I-20 or DS-2019 form.

Change of Major

  • If you change your major, please visit (Registrars Office, located in Lyle Hall) to update the university database.
  • Once your change of major is complete, visit Global Education to update you SEVIS record and obtain a new I-20 or DS-2019.

Change of Level

  • You MUST be admitted to the new program or level (Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate) to be approved for a change of level in SEVIS. You will need to show new proof of funding and an acceptance letter to Global Education.

Update Request Form

Extension of Stay

If you will not complete your academic program by the expected completion date on your current I-20/ DS-2019 document, you must file for a Program Extension and receive a new document with a new completion date. This must be done before your current I-20/DS-2019 expires.

Who is eligible for an Extension of Stay?

To be eligible for an extension of stay, you must show that:

  • You are currently in valid student status AND
  • You have maintained status and continually been a full-time student AND
  • You are making normal progress toward completing your course of study AND
  • The delay in completion was caused by compelling academic or medical reasons

 For example:

  • Change of major or research topic
  • Unexpected research problems
  • Loss of credits upon transfer to the Millersville University
  • Documented illness

 Note: Delays due to academic probation or suspension do not qualify for an extension.

 Note: If you are extending due to delays caused by a medical issue, you must submit medical documentation.

Failure to comply with this requirement is a violation of your F-1 status, which may result in serious consequences, including your termination in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitors Information System), inability to re-enter the U.S., and detention and deportation from the U.S.