Important Dates


If you have specific questions about any of the dates or deadlines listed, please email iss@tamu.edu

**Please contact your campus liaison for more specific date information.
Important Links
http://registrar.tamu.edu/Catalogs,-Policies-Procedures/Academic-Calendar/
http://ogaps.tamu.edu/Buttons/Calendars/
http://iss.tamu.edu/Side-Menu/Campuses/

IMPORTANT DATES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WITH F-1 & J-1 STATUS
Please note: Dates below reflect students’ immigration-related dates and responsibilities only. Verify academic responsibilities and timelines with academic department and other academic offices.

TAMU International Student Services Important Dates - Fall 2018 Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas A&M University at Galvestion, School of Public Health,  College of Nursing College of Dentistry School of Law College of Pharmacy College of Medicine
           
New International Student Check-In (Event will take place in College Station; students are encouraged, but not required to attend). Additional walk-in dates are available  Tue-Thu Aug 14-16 8:30am-4:30pm TBD TBD TBD TBD
  Mon-Tue Aug 20-21 8:30am-4:30pm        
           
Graduation application opens for all students planning to graduate in  December 2018 Wednesday, August 15 Wednesday, August 16 Wednesday, August 15 Wednesday, August 16 Wednesday, August 16
           
First day of Fall 2018 semester classes Monday, August 27 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 20 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 29
           
Last day to request co-enrollment permission for Fall 2018 classes if enrolling both at Texas A&M and other school Monday, August 27 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 20 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 28
           
Last day to request transfer of SEVIS record to a new school without having to enroll at Texas A&M for Fall 2018 Monday, August 27 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 20 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 28
           
Last day for students graduating Fall 2018 to request a Reduced Course Load (RCL) for Final Term. To be eligible student must: have applied for graduation for Fall 2018; have set offical defense date(if applicable); have registered for last semsester courses Monday, August 27 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 20 Monday, August 13 Monday, August 28
           
Health Insurance Waiver Deadline Wed, Aug 1 - Fri, Sept 21 Wed, Aug 1 - Fri, Sept 21 Wed, Aug 1 - Fri, Sept 21 Wed, Aug 1 - Fri, Sept 21 Wed, Aug 1 - Fri, Sept 21
           
Last day for adding/dropping courses for the Fall 2018 semester Friday, August 31 N/A Friday, August 24 Friday, Aug 17 Friday, September 1
           
Last day to submit Letter of Completion to avoid enrollment for Fall 2018 for immigration purposes, if scheduled for Fall 2018 graduation ceremony Friday, August 31 N/A Friday, August 24 Friday, Aug 17 Friday, September 1
           
All F-1, J-1 students must be full-time enrolled (12 credits for undergraduates, 9 credits for graduates), to be considered in full-time status by Registrar, or must have been approved for RCL by ISS. Friday, August 31 N/A Friday, August 24 Friday, Aug 17 Friday, September 1
           
Last day to submit documentation, including financial information, for Change of Degree Level (i.e., starting new degree after graduating in previous semester) for students starting new program in Fall 2018 Friday, August 31 N/A Friday, August 24 Friday, Aug 17 Friday, September 1
           
Labor Day, Faculty and Staff Holiday  N/A Monday, September 3 Monday, September 3 N/A N/A
           
First day to apply for Post-Completion OPT based on December 2018 graduation  Saturday, September 15 Sunday, September 16 Saturday, September 15 Sunday, September 16 TBD
           
Last day to defend thesis/dissertation in or to make December 2018 graduation Friday, October 19 Friday, October 19 Friday, October 19 Friday, October 19 Friday, October 19
           
Preregistration for Spring 2019 semester  Thurs-Wed, November 8-28 N/A Mon-Wed, November 5-9 Thurs-Wed, November 8-28 Thurs-Wed, November 8-28
           
Last day to Q-drop classes. Students with full-time enrollment requirements requesting RCL must have RCL approved by ISS prior to dropping classes, and prior to Q-drop deadlines Friday, November 16 N/A TBD Friday, November 2 Friday, November 18
           
ISS Closed-Thanksgiving Day, Faculty/Staff Holiday Thur-Fri November 22-23 Thur-Fri November 22-23 Thur-Fri November 19-23 Thur-Fri November 22-23 Thur-Fri November 22-23
           
Deadline to submit a request for an extension of I-20 or DS-2019, for non-graduating students who have an I-20 or DS-2019 that will expire in December of 2018. (The date listed is 10 business days proior to the 1st graduation ceremony) Friday, November 30 Saturday, December 1 Friday, November 30 Saturday, December 1 TBD
           
Last day of final exams Wednesday, December 12 Friday, December 14 Thursday, December 6&13 Friday, December 14 TBD
           
1st commencement ceremony for the term; Date used by ISS to indicate graduation date for immigration purposes; Must stop working on campus in student position by this date if graduating Fall 2017 Friday, December 14 Saturday, December 15 Friday, December 14 Saturday, December 15 TBD
           
Earliest employment start date for F-1 students requesting CPT for Spring 2019 academic credit Saturday, December 15 Sunday, December 16 Saturday, December 15 Sunday, December 16 TBD
           
ISS Closed-Winter Break,Faculty/Staff Holiday Mon-Tue, December 24-Jan 1 Mon-Tue, December 24-Jan 1 Mon-Tue, December 24-Jan 1 Mon-Tue, December 24-Jan 1 Mon-Tue, December 24-Jan 1
           
End of 30 day grace period for J-1 students graduating in December 2018. By this date, graduate must have: left U.S. permanently; or have applied for Post-Completion Academic Training; or Have transferred SEVIS record to another school; or be admitted to new program at Texas A&M with an updated DS-2019 Sunday, January 13, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 TBD Monday, January 14, 2019 TBD
           
Last day of possible employment authorization for F-1 students approved for CPT for  Fall 2018 academic credit (Unless it is final term) Sunday, January 13, 2019 Sunday, January 6, 2019 Sunday, January 6&13, 2019 Sunday, January 6, 2019 TBD
           
End of 60 day grace period for F-1 students graduating December 2018. By this date, graduate must have: left U.S. permanently; or have applied for Post-Completion OPT; or have transferred SEVIS record to another school; or be admitted to a new program at Texas A&M with an updated I-20 Tuesday, February 12, 2019 N/A Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Wednesday, February 13 TBD
Summer 2018 - IMPORTANT DATES 
TAMU International Student Services Important Dates For Students With F-1 & J-1 Status - Summer 2018 Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas A&M University at Galveston, School of Public Health,  College of Nursing College of Dentistry School of Law College of Pharmacy College of Medicine
First day to apply for Post-Completion OPT based on August 2018 graduation Saturday, May 12 N/A Tuesday, April 17 TBD TBD
Graduation application opens for all students planning to graduate in August 2018 Wednesday, May 16 N/A Wednesday, May 16 Wednesday, May 16 Wednesday, May 16
ISS-Closed-Memorial Day, Faculty/Staff Holiday Monday, May 28 Monday, May 29 Monday, May 28 Monday, May 28 Monday, May 29
First day of first term and 10-week semester classes; Summer Graduate Session Begins Tuesday, May 29 Monday, July 3 Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21
Last day to request co-enrollment permission for Summer 2018 classes if enrolling both at Texas A&M and other school Tuesday, May 29 Monday, July 3 Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21
Last day to request transfer of SEVIS record to a new school without having to enroll at Texas A&M for the Summer 2018 (only if Summer is the student's first or last semester) Tuesday, May 29 Monday, July 3 Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21
Last day for students graduating August 2018 to request a Reduced Course Load (RCL) for Final Term. To be eligible student must:  ▪ have applied for graduation for Summer 2017;▪ have set official defense date (if applicable); ▪ have registered for last semester courses. Tuesday, May 29 N/A Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21 Monday, May 21
Last day for adding/dropping courses for the first term and 10-week semester Friday, June 1 N/A Wednesday, May 23 Friday, May 18 TBD
Last day to submit Letter of Completion to avoid enrollment for Summer 2018 for immigration purposes, if scheduled for Summer 2018 graduation ceremony Friday, June 1 N/A Wednesday, May 23 Friday, May 18 Friday, June 2
All F-1, J-1 students graduating in August 2018, and all new F-1, J-1 students must be full-time enrolled (10-week semester, Term 1 and Term 2 combined must be at least 8 credits for undergraduates, 6 credits for graduates,  18 for English Language Institute), be considered in full-time status by Registrar, or must have been approved for RCL by ISS Friday, June 1 N/A Wednesday, May 23 Friday, May 18 Friday, June 2
Last day to submit documentation, including financial information, for Change of Degree Level (i.e., starting new degree after graduating in previous semester) for students starting new program in Summer 2018 Friday, June 1 N/A Wednesday, May 23 Friday, May 18 Friday, June 2
Health Insurance Waiver Deadline Fri, April 20 - Mon, June 4 Fri, April 20 - Mon, June 4 Fri, April 20 - Mon, June 4 Fri, April 20 - Mon, June 4 Fri, April 20 - Mon, June 4
Last day to defend thesis/dissertation in order to make Summer 2018 graduation Friday, June 15 Friday, June 15 Friday, June 15 Friday, June 15 Friday, June 15
Last day to Q-drop classes for Term 1. Students with full-time enrollment requirements requesting RCL, must have RCL approved by ISS prior to dropping classes, and prior to Q-drop deadlines Monday, June 18 N/A Monday, June 25 TBD TBD
Final Exams for Summer I Monday, July 2 N/A Tues-Thurs, July 10-12 TBD TBD
First day of second term classes Tuesday, July 3 N/A N/A N/A TBD
ISS Closed-Independence Day Observed, Faculty/Staff Holiday Wednesday, July 4 Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday, July 4
Last day for adding/dropping courses for the second term Monday, July 9 N/A N/A N/A TBD
Last day to Q-drop classes for 10-week semester. Students with full-time enrollment requirements requesting RCL must have RCL approved by ISS prior to dropping classes, and prior to Q-drop deadlines Wednesday, July 18 N/A N/A N/A TBD
Last day to Q-drop classes for Term 2. Students with full-time enrollment requirements requesting RCL must have RCL approved by ISS prior to dropping classes, and prior to Q-drop deadlines Tuesday, July 24 N/A N/A TBD TBD
Deadline to submit a request for an extension of I-20 or DS-2019, for non-graduating students who have an I-20 or DS-2019 that will expire in August 2018 (The date listed is 10 business days prior to the 1st graduation ceremony for Summer 2017) Tuesday, July 27 N/A Monday, July 2 Friday, July 28 Friday, July 28
Final Exams for 10-week & Summer II Tues-Wed, Aug 7-8 N/A N/A TBD TBD
1st commencement ceremony for the term; Date used by ISS to indicate graduation date for immigration purposes; Must stop working on campus in student position by this date if graduating Summer 2018 Friday, August 10 N/A Monday, July 16 Wednesday, August 15 Friday, August 11
Earliest employment start date for F-1 students requesting CPT for Summer 2018 academic credit Friday, May 11 N/A Saturday, April 28 Sunday, May 27 TBD
Last day of possible employment authorization for F-1 students approved for CPT for Summer 2018 academic credit Sunday, August 26 Tuesday, August 15 TBD Sunday, August 12 TBD
Labor Day, Faculty and Staff Holiday N/A  Monday, September 4 Monday, September 4 Monday, September 4 N/A
End of 30 day grace period for J-1 students graduating in August 2018. By this date, graduate must have: left U.S. permanently; or have applied for Post-Completion Academic Training; or Have transferred SEVIS record to another school; or Be enrolled in new program at Texas A&M on a new Initial DS-2019 to another school; or Be enrolled in new program at Texas A&M on a new Initial DS-2019 Saturday, September 9 N/A Wednesday, August 15 Friday, September 14 Saturday, September 10
End of 60 day grace period for F-1 students graduating on August 2018. By this date, graduate must have: left U.S. permanently; or have applied for Post-Completion OPT; or have transferred SEVIS record to another school; or have started new program at Texas A&M under new Initial I-20 Tuesday, October 9 N/A Friday, September 14 Sunday, October 14 Tuesday, October 10

*Students STARTING a new program in the Summer 2018 must be FULL-TIME ENROLLED

*Students GRADUATING in Summer 2018 must be FULL-TIME ENROLLED, considered full-time by the Registrar's office, or have been approved for a reduced course load (RCL) for Final Term

*For students who were enrolled in the Spring and are continuing in the Fall, Summer is considered a vacation period, and 'F-1/J-1 immigration' rules do not require enrollment 
 
 

SPRING 2018 - IMPORTANT DATES
TAMU International Student Services Important Dates for Students With F-1 & J-1 Status - Spring 2018 Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas A&M University at Galveston, School of Public Health,  College of Nursing College of Dentistry School of Law College of Pharmacy College of Medicine
Graduation application opens for all students planning to graduate in May 2018 Wednesday, January 3 Wednesday, January 3 Wednesday, January 3 Wednesday, January 3 Wednesday, January 3
New International Student Orientation (Event will take place in College Station; students are encouraged, but not required to attend) Thursday, January 11 Thursday, January 11 Thursday, January 11 Thursday, January 11 Thursday, January 11
ISS Closed-Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Faculty/Staff Holiday Monday, January 15 Monday, January 15 Monday, January 15 Monday, January 15 Monday, January 15
First day of Spring 2018 semester classes Tuesday, January 16 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 2 (P3) Tuesday, January 16
        Monday, January 8 (P1 & P2)  
Last day to request Co-Enrollment permission for Spring 2018 classes if enrolling both at Texas A&M and other school Tuesday, January 16 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 2 (P3) Tuesday, January 16
        Monday, January 8 (P1 & P2)  
Last day to request transfer of SEVIS record to a new school without having to enroll at Texas A&M for Spring 2018 Tuesday, January 16 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 2 (P3) Tuesday, January 16
        Monday, January 8 (P1 & P2)  
Last day for students graduating Spring 2018 to request a Reduced Course Load (RCL) for Final Term. To be eligible student must: have applied for graduation for Spring 2018; have set offical defense date; have registered for last semester courses Tuesday, January 16 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 8 Monday, January 2 (P3) Tuesday, January 16
        Monday, January 8 (P1 & P2)  
Health Insurance Waivers Accepted Fri, December 8 - Fri, January 26 Fri, December 8 - Fri, January 26 Fri, December 8 - Fri, January 26 Fri, December 8 - Fri, January 26 Fri, December 8 - Fri, January 26
Last day to add/drop courses Monday, January 22 N/A Friday, January 12 Monday, January 8 (P3) Monday, January 22
        Friday, January 12 (P1,P2,P4)  
Last day to submit Letter of Completion to avoid enrollment for Spring 2018 for immigration purposes, if scheduled for Spring 2018 graduation ceremony Monday, January 22 N/A Friday, January 12 Monday, January 8 (P3) Monday, January 22
        Friday, January 12 (P1,P2,P4)  
All F-1, J-1 students must be full-time enrolled (12 credits for undergraduates, 9 credits for graduates), be considered in full-time status by Registrar, or must have been approved for RCL by ISS. Monday, January 22 N/A Friday, January 12 Monday, January 8 (P3) Monday, January 22
        Friday, January 12 (P1,P2,P4)  
Last day to submit documentation, including financial information, for Change of Degree Level (i.e., starting new degree after graduating in previous semester) for students starting new program in Spring 2018 Monday, January 22 N/A Friday, January 12 Monday, January 8 (P3) Monday, January 22
        Friday, January 12 (P1,P2,P4)  
First day to apply for Post-Completion OPT based on May 2018 graduation Friday, February 9 Saturday, February 24 Saturday, January 27 Saturday, February 10 Wednesday, February 7
Spring Break for Students Mon-Fri, March 12-16 Mon-Fri, March 19-23 Mon-Fri, March 12-16 Mon-Fri, March 12-16 Mon-Fri, March 12-16
        (P1, P2, P3)  
ISS Closed, Spring Break- Faculty/Staff Wed-Fri, March 14-16 N/A Wed-Fri, March 14-16 Wed-Fri, March 14-16 Thurs-Fri, March 15-16
Pre-registration for 2018 Summer term and Fall semesters opens Thursday, April 5 Thursday, April 5 Thursday, April 5 Thursday, April 5 Thursday, April 5
Last day to Q-drop classes. Students with full-time enrollment requirements requesting RCL must have RCL approved by ISS prior to dropping classes, and prior to Q-drop deadlines Tuesday, April 17 N/A Monday, March 26 Friday, April 6 (P1,P2,P4) Tuesday, April 17
Deadline to submit a request for an extension of I-20 or DS-2019, for non-graduating students who have an I-20 or DS-2019 that will expire in May of 2018 (The date listed is 10 business days prior to the 1st graduation ceremony. Wednesday, April 25 Friday, May 11 Friday, April 13 Monday, May 14 Monday, May 7
Last day of final exams Tuesday, May 8 Friday, May 18 Thursday, April 26 Friday, May 11 Tuesday, May 8
1st commencement ceremony for the term; Date used by ISS to indicate graduation date for immigration purposes; Must stop working on campus in student position by this date if graduating Spring 2018. Thursday, May 10 Friday, May 25 Friday, April 27 Saturday, May 26 Saturday, May 19
Earliest employment start date for F-1 students requesting CPT for Summer 2018 academic credit Friday, May 11 Saturday, May 26 Saturday, April 28 Sunday, May 27 Sunday, May 20
ISS Closed, Memorial Day-Faculty/Staff Holiday Monday, May 28 Monday, May 28 Monday, May 28 Monday, May 28 Monday, May 28
Last day of possible employment authorization for F-1 students approved for CPT for Spring 2018 academic credit Monday, May 28 TBD Sunday, May 20 TBD TBD
End of 30 day grace period for J-1 students graduating May 2018. By this date, graduate must have: left U.S. permanently; or have applied for Post-Completion Academic Training; or Have transferred SEVIS record to another school; or Be enrolled in new program at Texas A&M on a new Initial DS-2019 Saturday, June 9 Sunday, June 24 Sunday, May 27 Monday, June 25 Monday, June 18
End of 60 day grace period for F-1 students graduating May 2018. By this date, graduate must have: left U.S. permanently; or have applied for Post-Completion OPT; or have transferred SEVIS record to another school; or have started new program at Texas A&M under new Initial I-20 Monday, July 9 Tuesday, July 24 Tuesday, June 26 Wednesday, July 25 Wednesday, July 18