International Student Participation in Texas A&M University Co-Enrollment Partnerships


Texas A&M University has developed several co-enrollment partnerships into which some undergraduate students are admitted to Texas A&M University.  Selected students attend their first few semesters co-enrolled at a partner institution located throughout the State of Texas. The two most common of these co-enrollment partnerships are the Texas A&M Engineering Academies and the Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM Program. This webpage is intended to provide specific information for those international students interested in, or currently participating in, one of these co-enrollment partnership programs. Texas A&M University defines an international student as any individual student who is not currently a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident.

 
  • The Texas A&M Engineering Academies Program is an engineering transition program into which undergraduate students are admitted to the Texas A&M College of Engineering and attend the first few semesters of their academic program co-enrolled at one of seven partner institutions located throughout the State of Texas. For detailed information about the Texas A&M Engineering Academies, please visit https://engineering.tamu.edu/academies.html.
 
  • The Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM Program (“TEAM”) is a collaborative, co-enrollment partnership between Texas A&M and Blinn College.  Selected undergraduate students are admitted to Texas A&M University and attend the first few semesters of their academic program co-enrolled at the Bryan, Texas campus of Blinn College. For detailed information about the TEAM Program, please visit http://tap.tamu.edu/Programs/TEAM.
 
After a year or two of co-enrollment at Texas A&M University and the partner institution, students participating in the Engineering Academies and TEAM complete a process to officially enter a degree-granting major at Texas A&M.  After this transition, students become full-time students enrolled at the Texas A&M campus in College Station. For details about this process, visit one of the following pages:
 

All newly admitted international students at Texas A&M University have a registration hold on their University record that can only be resolved by completing the ISS Check-In process. Since students participating in one of the Engineering Academies or TEAM will begin their academic program primarily located at the partner institution, the International Student Services (ISS) Check-In process has been adapted to better serve these students.

In order to have the ISS Check-In hold removed, newly admitted international students who are participating in one of the Engineering Academies or TEAM should complete the following steps:
  1. Upload a completed Immigration Questionnaire into the Applicant Information System (AIS).
    1. Immigration Questionnaire: http://iss.tamu.edu/ISS/media/ISS-Files/ISS-PDF/Prospective%20Students/ImmigrationQuestionaire2-10-16.pdf
    2. Instructions for uploading to AIS: http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What#1-Instructionstouploaddocuments
    3. IMPORTANT: Make sure to clearly indicate on your Immigration Questionnaire that you will be attending one of the Engineering Academy programs or the TEAM Program. You may write or type this anywhere on the form.
 
  1. ISS will review your Immigration Questionnaire. If it is complete and you have been admitted, the ISS Check-In registration hold will be removed from your University record.
    1. Please note that you may still have to complete the full ISS Check-In requirement when you enter a degree-granting major, explained in the next section.

F-1 and J-1 international students participating in one of the Engineering Academy programs or TEAM should consult the partner institution regarding issuance of an initial Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. International Student Services (ISS) at Texas A&M University will not issue your Form I-20/DS-2019 until you are ready to enter a degree-granting major (see next section below).
  1. For Blinn College, international students should email international@blinn.edu for assistance.

The process of entering a degree-granting major and transitioning to primary enrollment at the Texas A&M University College Station campus typically occurs after 1-2 years of co-enrollment at the partner institution. Each semester, ISS receives a list of international students who are ready to complete this process. Upon reviewing this list, ISS will re-add the ISS Check-In registration hold to each of these students’ University records as a reminder to complete the full ISS Check-In process. The required steps are outlined below.

All international students going through the process to enter a degree-granting major are also required to review the ISS Online Orientation, accessible at http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Online-Orientation for helpful information about attending the College Station campus. F-1 and J-1 students should pay particular attention to the policies pertaining to maintaining legal F-1/J-1 status.

Failure to complete all steps outlined on this page may result in a registration hold being placed on your University record by ISS until all steps are resolved. In addition, failure to comply with the SEVIS Transfer process may negatively impact F-1/J-1 nonimmigrant status.
 

F-1 Students

  1. Engineering Academy and TEAM international students currently in F-1 status should first consult the international office at your current/partner two-year institution to determine the procedures for having your SEVIS record transferred to Texas A&M University so that ISS can issue your Form I-20. (For Blinn College, international students should email international@blinn.edu for assistance.)
 
  1. Next, apply for the new I-20 from ISS by submitting (1) proof of financial resources and (2) an up-to-date Immigration Questionnaire.   For detailed information about acceptable proof of financial resources, visit the ISS Estimated Cost of Attendance webpage at http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Estimated-Cost-of-Attendance. On the Immigration Questionnaire, be sure to specify that you are now entering a degree-granting major through an Engineering Academy or TEAM. You may write or type this anywhere on the form. Once you have collected all documents, please email them to iss@tamu.edu with your full name, UIN, and Subject (I-20 Request). A new Form I-20 will be issued for you that will reflect your new major and, if applicable, the change from the partner institution to the Texas A&M College Station campus.
 
  • Note: The length of time granted on the Form I-20 that you receive from ISS will depend upon the amount of time spent co-enrolled at the partner institution. ISS typically issues a newly admitted Bachelor’s degree student a four-year Form I-20. Therefore, if you were co-enrolled at the partner institution for one year, you will receive an I-20 from Texas A&M valid for up to three years. If you were co-enrolled at the partner institution for two years, you will receive an I-20 from Texas A&M valid up to two years.
   
  1. Sometime before the first class day of the semester during which you will begin full-time enrollment at the Texas A&M College Station campus, you will need to complete the ISS New International Student Check-In process in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. For detailed information about the ISS Check-In process, please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Check-in.
 

J-1 Students

  • It is not anticipated that there will be any students in J-1 status enrolling in one of the co-enrollment partnership programs. However, if you are currently in J-1 status, please follow the steps outlined for F-1 students above but also schedule an appointment to discuss your case with an ISS advisor. This can be done by telephone. ISS will then follow-up with you to determine whether we can issue your DS-2019.
 
International Students Not in F-1 or J-1 Status
Engineering Academy and TEAM international students not in F-1 status who are still considered international students (i.e. not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents) will only need to submit an up-to-date Immigration Questionnaire that specifies they are now entering a degree-granting major from an Engineering Academy or TEAM. You may write or type this anywhere on the form. The Immigration Questionnaire also helps ISS know that you are not actively seeking F-1 or J-1 status at this time. Please email the Immigration Questionnaire to iss@tamu.edu with your full name, UIN, and Subject (Immigration Questionnaire).

Health Insurance

Please visit the ISS Health Insurance webpage (http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Health-Insurance) for detailed information about the Texas A&M University System health insurance requirement.
 


ISS Fee ($85/semester)

This fee is charged beginning in the semester that an international student is admitted. Again, Texas A&M University defines an international student as any individual student who is not currently a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident. This will still apply to Engineering Academy and TEAM students.
 

Orientation Fee ($35 one-time fee)

This fee is charged to all new international students. For Engineering Academy and TEAM students, ISS will not charge the fee during the semester they are initially admitted. The fee will be charged during the first semester the student will begin full-time enrollment in the degree-granting major.