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Resources for International Graduate Students

As an international graduate student, you are an integral part of the Liberty University community. We understand that there will be housing, family-related, and other concerns unique to your situation. At the International Student Center, we work to provide resources and solutions for your needs. 

Off-Campus Housing

As a graduate student, you may qualify and choose to live on-campus. However, most of our graduate students decide to take advantage of off-campus housing options. Take a look at our Commuter Students website for information and resources regarding off-campus living.

Additionally, there are specific requirements to be eligible to live on-campus:

  • If you are a married student, you are required to live off-campus, even if your spouse is not currently living with you.
  • If you are age 25 or older or will turn 25 within the academic year, you must live off-campus. 

Graduate Support Offices

To make sure you are provided the support you need and are able to fully focus on your studies, we have made sure several support offices are available to you during your time as a student:

Visa Types

We have provided resources and assistance for you as you are applying for your visa. Please review some of the requirements below:

  • Liberty is able to assist F-1 and F-2 students only. Students wishing to change to a different visa type will need to seek the assistance of a lawyer.*
  • Any student who has applied for a different visa type should inform their International Student Advisor immediately.
  • Once approved, the student will need to provide proof of the new status to the International Student Advisor immediately.

*Immigration lawyer Art Serratelli speaks at Liberty once every semester. You will receive an email from the International Student Center about this workshop. 

Graduate Enrollment Policies

We want you to be fully equipped with the knowledge you need to successfully pursue your graduate degree at Liberty. Take a look at our enrollment policies below for more information:

Maintaining F-2 Dependent Status

As a graduate student, you may have a spouse or children who are dependent upon you and under F-2 dependent status. Please take a look at the requirements below to make sure your dependents are maintaining their status.

  • An F-2 may not work under any conditions in the U.S.
  • An F-2 spouse may not be enrolled in a degree program of study
  • An F-2 child may study at the primary and/or secondary level (K-12)
  • An F-2 wanting to attend university must apply for an F-1 status and may begin study after applying and prior to approval
  • Please let your International Student Advisor know if your F-2 dependent is no longer living in the U.S.
  • If you need to add an F-2 dependent to your F-1 I-20, you will need to show an affidavit of increased financial support of $5,000.00 per dependent


Please contact your Graduate International Student Advisor: 

  • By phone:
    • A-K last names contact Leah King at (434) 592-7212
    • L-Z last names contact Sarah Landis at (434) 582-3551
  • By email:

(434) 592-4118

(434) 522-0430 (fax)

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