Information for NEWLY ADMITTED Fall 2020 International Students ONLY
Updated August 10, 2020
Congratulations on your admission to UNT!
We understand the many uncertainties new international students may be facing given the current situation with COVID-19. At UNT, we are committed to your education and making sure you stay on track with your program. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you UNT's enrollment options for NEW international students for Fall 2020. We look forward to welcoming you to the Mean Green family!
Who: International students who are able to secure a visa and travel to the U.S. for the UNT Fall 2020 start date of August 24. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
On-Campus Enrollment Requirements: Upon arrival to campus, undergraduate students must enroll in 12 credits (4 courses) minimum. Graduate students must enroll in 9 credits (3 courses) minimum.
To Do: Please complete the WINGS (Welcome! International New Student Guide to Success) orientation if you have not done so. You can access the WINGS orientation here using your UNT credentials. You will enroll in classes once you have arrived on campus and submitted your immigration documents to iNorthTX.
Who: International students who are unable to travel to the U.S. for the Fall 2020 start date are encouraged to begin their course of study on-line as part of our Remote Start Program.
Remote Start Enrollment: Students taking online courses in their home country are not required to take a specific number of courses. However, we advise enrolling full-time (12 credits/4 courses undergraduate students, 9 credits/3 courses graduate students) so that students may stay on track with their program.
To Do: Complete the Remote Start e-Form to begin the enrollment process. Please complete the WINGS (Welcome! International New Student Guide to Success) orientation if you have not done so. You can access the WINGS orientation here using your UNT credentials. Deadline EXTENDED to enroll in Remote Start: August 15, 2020. We recommend making a decision as soon as possible, before courses begin to fill up.
The Fall Remote Option rate is only available for Fall 2020
Who: International students who wish to begin their studies at UNT in the Spring semester, 2021 or the Fall semester, 2021. *Students may not arrive more than 30 days before the Spring semester starts.
Admissions Deferral Requirements: Undergraduate students may defer up to one academic year without submitting a new application. Graduate students may defer until Spring 2021 without submitting a new application. Deadline to defer to Spring 2021: August 1, 2020.
To Do: Please complete the appropriate form: Undergraduate deferral form | Graduate deferral form
Benefits of Option 2: Remote Start
- Save 20-40% with special Fall 2020 Remote Start tuition rates!
- Begin your studies in Fall 2020 and stay on track with your education!
- Take specially designed on-line courses that include interaction with faculty through email, Zoom, and other social media channels!
- Allow for more time to apply for and receive a visa to come to the United States!
Remote Start Pricing
(Estimated - Pricing subject to change)
Ph.D. students, please contact your advisor for Remote Start pricing (contact information listed at the bottom of the page)
Cost Comparison Examples
Approximate On Campus Cost Per Graduate Course for International Students
Remote Start cost for one course online
Data / Information Science
Advanced Data Analytics
International Student Frequently Asked Questions
Information is subject to change
Answers ONLY apply to NEW students located OUTSIDE the United States.
- Will tuition be reduced if I am learning remotely?
Yes! Remote Start students pay a tuition rate that reflects approximately a 20-40% different. In addition, you will not be required to pay some fees associated with on-campus services and amenities. Remote Start tuition bills will be posted closer to the first day of classes (August 24, 2020). You may be able to apply for a tuition payment plan
with Student Financial Services.
- Is Remote Start tuition refundable?
Remote Start tuition refunds will follow a refund schedule
based on total length/duration of enrollment. Tuition will not
be refunded due to visa refusal.
- I am an undergraduate transfer student. I want to enroll in the Remote Start Program. What do I do?
If you are in the U.S., you cannot choose the Remote Start Program. If you are in your home country, email email@example.com
- What if I will not have completed my Bachelor's degree prior to starting my graduate program based on COVID-19 delays?
You may not be eligible to enroll. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional information.
- I am an undergraduate student. I have been awarded a UNT Excellence Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. If I start my UNT degree program online in my home country in Fall 2020, will I still receive my Excellence scholarship?
The Excellence scholarship has two components: a scholarship of a dollar amount and an out-of-state tuition waiver. Student will pay in-state tuition.
•Yes, for the Fall 2020 semester, you will receive the scholarship (dollar amount) if you enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (4 courses).
•No, for the Fall 2020 semester, you will not receive the out-of-state tuition waiver. Instead you will be charged the Remote Start tuition which is less than the out-of-state tuition.
•Yes, if you enroll for the Fall 2020 semester and come to UNT in the Spring 2021, you will receive the scholarship (dollar amount), if you enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (4 courses).
•Yes, if you enroll for the Fall 2020 semester and come to UNT in the Spring 2021, you will receive the out-of-state waiver, if you enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (4 courses).
- I am an undergraduate student and have been awarded a UNT Excellence Scholarship for the 2020-2021 Academic year. If I defer the start of my program until Spring 2021 or to Fall 2021, will I still receive the Excellence scholarship?
No. Students will not receive the scholarship if they defer the start of their degree program.
- I am an undergraduate student. What scholarships are available?
Please look at the UNT scholarship website for a list of scholarships.
Please be sure to check with your department about scholarship opportunities and other awards.
If you have received a scholarship or award, you are required to be enrolled full-time (12 credits or 4 courses for undergraduates.)
- I am a graduate student and have received a departmental scholarship or other UNT award. Will I be able to keep my scholarship/award if I choose the Remote Start option?
All scholarships/awards require that a student be enrolled full-time (9 credits or 3 courses for graduate and 12 credits or 4 courses for undergraduate students.) If you have already been awarded a departmental scholarship or award, please ask your advisor if it will apply to the Remote Start program or if it will apply to Spring 2021 if you defer.
- I am a graduate student. Will I be able to accept my assistantship if I enroll in the Remote Start Option? What if I defer admission?
No. You will not receive your assistantship if you enroll in the Remote Start option. Assistantships are only available for students who are located in Texas. You will need to contact your department to find out if you will be able to receive your assistantship in the Spring Semester 2021. Advisor contact information is listed below. Please be sure to check with your department about additional funding and scholarship opportunities.
- I am a graduate student. Are there any other scholarships available?
Please be sure to check with your department about scholarship opportunities. If you have already been awarded a departmental scholarship, please ask your advisor if it will apply to the Remote Start program or if it will apply to Spring 2021 if you defer.
- How do I enroll in the the Remote Start Option?
Please complete the e-Form
if you have not already done so. The academic advisor in your college will contact you once the e-Form is received. Your academic advisor will then enroll you in courses for Fall 2020. If your advisor does not contact you, please contact your advisor. Advisor contact information is listed below. Do Not Enroll Yourself And Once Your Advisor Has Enrolled You Do Not Switch Courses As This May Affect The Bill You Receive.
- What are the technology requirements for the Remote Start Option?
G. Brint Ryan College of Business
Reliable connection to the internet that can support video streaming.
• Install UNT's Respondus browser on the laptop/desktop
• Install Zoom app on laptop/desktop and optionally on your smart phone or other suitable devices
• Laptop/Desktop Requirements:
It is preferred to have a laptop with a minimum of 8GB RAM and at least 10 GB free space.
• Operating System: Windows 7 or newer; Mac 2009 or newer.
• Most of the software used in ITDS Department courses uses Microsoft Windows-based software, so please ensure you can use MS Windows-based software as needed by your course.
• Those with Mac will need to install a Windows VM (virtual machine).
• Software and ITDS VM Access: Minitab, SPSS, QlikView, Tableau, and many other applications can be accessed by browser via the Ryan College of Business’ virtual computer laboratory.
• Additional software requirements/download instructions are provided in the syllabus of each course.
College of Engineering
College of Information
A workable computer with the following minimum specifications:
• Single Core 1Ghz or Higher;
Recommended - Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent), camera (built-in or USB), microphone, speakers Internet Access with minimum bandwidth of 800kbps/1.0Mbps (up/down) as per Zoom requirements
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (these are actually available free to all UNT students)
• One or more of the following software will be needed, so students should test in advance that their computer can handle these. The free version of these three software/environments should be sufficient · Google Colab · Tableau Online · MS Power BI
College of Music
• Reliable internet connection (recommended minimum 5Mbps)
• Zoom · Requires minimum 2Mbps download/6Mbps upload max)
• UNT's Respondus browser
• Dependent upon individual course requirements - via remote access or available downloads:
• Microsoft Office · Finale · Sibelius · Protools · Logic Pro · Ableton Live · Max
• (accommodates locally installed Music software packages such as Finale, Sibelius, Protools, Ableton Live and Max)
• Laptop/Desktop running Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.13 – 10.15 · i7 Processor · 16GB RAM · 256GB Hard Disk Space (SSD or M2)
• Webcam with microphone Minimum (For Courses that are made up of only online interactions in zoom lessons and courses, Canvas and accessing other online materials):
• Windows 10/MAC OS · I5 Processor · 16GB RAM · 128GB Disk Space
• Webcam with microphone
For all other Colleges, email email@example.com
- How do I remove a hold from my account?
Holds are placed on your account to ensure you complete the required steps prior to registering for classes at UNT. Holds will be listed in my.unt.edu
Be sure to check your eagleconnect/unt email account
regularly. All official UNT communications will be sent to this email address.
Below you will find a list of common holds and what you need to do to remove them before you can enroll in the Remote Start program.
Holds Managed by International Student and Scholar Services Immigration
Documentation Check-In and Eagle WINGS
• This hold will be temporarily removed until September 2020 after submission of your Remote Start 2020 E-form
Local Address Needed
• This hold will be temporarily removed until September 2020 after submission of your Remote State 2020 E-form
Holds Managed by Other Departments on Campus
• Undergraduate students only. Enter code received from academic advisor at UNT orientation.
International Admissions Block
• You may submit final, unofficial copies of your diploma or transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official Transcripts Request
• This hold will be removed after submission of your Remote State 2020 E-form
Meningitis Vaccination Required
• Download and submit the Meningitis Requirement Waiver for Online Classes to email@example.com.
Meningitis Education Notify
• Read the notification and agree to understanding the information.
TSI Not Complete
• Undergraduate students only. This hold will be temporarily removed until September 2020 after you submit your Remote Start E-form.
Student Financial Obligation
• Read and confirm prior to registration. Don't forget to click "Remove Hold."
• Hold will appear on the 12th day of classes if not completed. No action required at this time.
- What access will I have to university services? (Library, Tutoring, Counseling)
Most university services are available online. Library materials are available digitally and the UNT Recreation Center now offers fitness courses online via Zoom. Click here for virtual services
offered by the Division of Student Affairs. Click here for virtual services
offered by the UNT Learning Center.
- Will orientation be offered for students in the Remote Start program?
Yes. All international freshman, transfer and graduate students must first complete WINGS (Welcome! International New Student Guide to Success)
as part of orientation. Your advisor will provide information about other orientations as needed.
- I have already deferred my admission. Can I defer again? When will the University send acknowledgement of my deferral?
Undergraduate students may defer to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 without having to re-apply to the University. Graduate students may defer until Spring 2021 without having to re-apply to the university. The last day to defer admission to Spring 2021 is August 1, 2020. Undergraduate deferral form
| Graduate deferral form
. Please check your myUNT portal for acknowledgement of your deferral.
- My home country cannot mail things at the moment. How can I send you my transcript?
The admissions office can accept unofficial documents via email; please email your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Don’t forget that the admissions office will still need your official documents once you are able to send them!
Answers ONLY apply to NEW students located OUTSIDE the United States.
International Student Immigration FAQ
- What are my enrollment requirements if I plan to enter the U.S. for Fall 2020?
Newly enrolled international students entering the U.S. must enroll in at least one face-to-face, partially online, or partially remote course. You must enroll in classes full-time (12 credits undergraduates, 9 credits graduate students.) Please Note: The last day to submit your initial I-20 request via iNorthTX for Fall 2020 arrival was July 20, 2020.
- Can UNT send me an electronic copy of my I-20?
Yes. When your initial I-20 is issued, we will attach it to an email and send it to you. Please print the I-20 for your visa interview and take your I-20 letter with you as you fly into the U.S.
- I am worried that I will not receive my visa stamp in time for Fall 2020. What should I do?
Please monitor the US embassy or consulate webpage in your home country (travel.state.gov
) for visa appointment times. Please consider enrolling in our Remote Start program or deferring admission to a later term.
- Do I need an I-20 to enroll in the Remote Start Program?
No you do not need an I-20 to enroll in the Remote Start program. But you will need an I-20 to come to campus in Spring 2021. International Student and Scholar services will process your Spring 2021 I-20 when you complete the e-Form indicating your enrollment in the Remote Start program. You will receive the I-20 well in advance of your 2021 travel date.
- Am I guaranteed visa approval if I enroll in the Remote Start Program?
No. The University of North Texas cannot guarantee visa approval. Visa determinations are made by the Department of State and are based on the strength of your application. However, if you select the Remote Start option, it will demonstrate a strong commitment to your education.
- What if I enroll in the Remote Start Program and my visa is denied for Spring 2021?
Please re-apply to the US embassy/consulate in your home country (travel.state.gov
). Please visit our webpage on visa interview tips
. Remote Start tuition will not be refunded due to visa refusal.
- Do I have to maintain full-time enrollment if I enroll in the Remote Start program?
No. You are not required to enroll full-time (12 credits or 4 courses for undergraduate students and 9 credits or 3 courses for graduate students.) However, we encourage you to enroll full-time so that you may stay on track with your program.
- How can I contact an immigration advisor?
General inquiries may be sent to email@example.com. You may also schedule an appointment for virtual advising via Zoom - Students will be connected with a UNT immigration advisor. If there are multiple students and scholars in the queue, you will be placed directly into a waiting room.
- Will I be eligible for work authorization (CPT, OPT) in Summer 2021 if I enroll in the Remote Start program for Fall 2020?
- If I defer my admission to a future semester, when will I receive my new I-20?
Once you have deferred admission, please request a new I-20 via iNorthTX
. International Student & Scholar Services will begin processing the new I-20 upon receipt of your deferment from Admissions. For questions about I-20s, please email I20@unt.edu
. International Student and Scholar Services is committed to processing your I-20 in a timely manner.
Please complete the e-Form if you have not already done so. The academic advisor in your college will contact you once the e-Form is received to begin the enrollment process. Be sure to check your UNT email regularly.
G. Brint Ryan College of Business:
Undergraduate Students: COBAdvising@unt.edu
Master's Students: Natalie.Bernard@unt.edu
Ph.D. Students: Inez.Loche@unt.edu and Audhesh.Paswan@unt.edu
College of Education
Undergraduate Students: Barbara.Howe@unt.edu
Edu Psychology Graduate Students: Devin.Dougherty@unt.edu
Kinesiology and Recreation, Event & Sport Management Graduate Students: Barbara.Howe@unt.edu
Special Education Graduate Students: Marilyn.Deuble@unt.edu
Counseling Ph.D. Students: Shari.Wroe@unt.edu
Education Leadership Ph.D. Students: Marilyn.Deuble@unt.edu
College of Engineering:
Undergraduate Students: Nancy.VanHoy@unt.edu
Graduate Students: Marla.Smith@unt.edu and Robert.Akl@unt.edu
College of Health and Public Service:
Public Health Program Undergraduate Students: Ami.Moore@unt.edu
Rehabilitation Studies Program Undergraduate Students: Brandi.Darensbourg@unt.edu
Public Administration Graduate Students: Heesoun.Jang@unt.edu
Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Students: Brandi.Darensbourg@unt.edu
Public Administration and Management Ph.D. Students: Heesoun.Jang@unt.edu
College of Information:
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences:
Undergraduate Students: Susan.Mccutcheon@unt.edu
Applied Anthropology Graduate Students: Mariela.Nunez-Janes@unt.edu
Philosophy Graduate and Ph.D. Students: Adam.Briggle@unt.edu
Political Science Graduate and Ph.D. Students: John.Ishiyama@unt.edu
Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Students: Alicia.ReCruz@unt.edu
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Students: Rachel.Kamman@unt.edu
English Ph.D. Students: Marshall.Armintor@unt.edu
College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism:
Undergraduate Students: Kelly.Spry@unt.edu
Hospitality Management Graduate Students: Lisa.Kennon@unt.edu
Merchandising Graduate Students: Sanjukta.Pookulangara@unt.edu
College of Music:
College of Science:
Undergraduate Students: COSAdvising@unt.edu
Graduate Students: Heather.Miller@unt.edu
Other Colleges | Study@unt.edu
Advanced Data Analytics Program | Michael.Monticino@unt.edu