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 initial ISS Check-In registration hold removed, students admitted to an Engineering Academy or TEAM will need to take the following actions with ISS:
  1. Once officially admitted, visit http://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10051 to access the “New Students Co-Enrollment Partnerships Check-In” program through Terra Dotta. Login using NetID and Password.
  2. Select the appropriate term of intended enrollment. The student must be officially admitted for this term. If the program is submitted for the incorrect term, the student will need to re-submit the program for the correct term. If the student defers their admission to a later term, they will need to re-submit the program for the correct term.
  3. Review all required learning content and reading material in the program.
  4. Complete all required questionnaires in the program in order to (1) provide ISS with very basic information about the student’s current immigration status and (2) inform ISS that they are participating in an Engineering Academy or TEAM and therefore do not need a Form I-20 or DS-2019 issued by ISS at this time.
  5. Submit the “New Students Co-Enrollment Partnerships Check-In” program so that it can be reviewed by an ISS advisor.
  6. If it is incomplete, the program may be sent back to the student to resolve. If the program is returned to the student to resolve, the student will need to resubmit it once it is resolved and their processing time will begin again.
  7. If it is considered complete, the ISS Check-In registration hold will be removed.
Please note that you may still have to complete another Check-In process with ISS 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).
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.)
  2. Next, apply for the new I-20 from ISS by submitting a complete “New Student I-20 Request” program through Terra Dotta. For more information about this process, please visit the New F-1 Students Needing I-20 from ISS section of the ISS website.
  3. 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.
    • 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.
    • ISS will not issue a Form I-20 unless the individual has met the University requirements for English proficiency, as explained at http://admissions.tamu.edu/international/transfer.
  4. After receiving the Form I-20 from ISS, and 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 submit a complete “New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In” through Terra Dotta 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 or J-1 status who are still considered international students (i.e. not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents) will  need to submit a “New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In” program through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. For more information about this process, please visit the New Students with Statuses Other than F-1 or J-1 section of the ISS website.

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.