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Accepting International Students into an ACEND-Accredited Program

Resources about Visas for International Students and Interns

One hurdle for enrolling international students and interns into ACEND®-accredited programs is helping these individuals secure a visa so that they may stay in the United States during their education. ACEND has identified three types of visas that may be applicable to international students in ACEND-accredited programs:

F-1: Visas for academic students working towards a degree. Institutions must be approved to provide these visas.

M-1: Visas for individuals in non-academic/vocational settings. Institutions must be approved to provide these visas.

H-3: Visas for trainees in any field of endeavor, other than graduate medical education or training, that is not available in the noncitizen's home country.

  • This visa could apply to students coming from a country where there are no ACEND-accredited programs and are best suited for free-standing dietetic internships. The sponsoring ACEND program begins by accepting the intern in the program and then submits Form I-129 with supporting documentation on behalf of the applicant to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • More details on H-3 visas.

There may be other visas applicable to international students applying to ACEND-accredited programs. We encourage university-based programs to consult the department at their institution that works with international students (e.g. Office of International Affairs, International Admissions Office) to learn more. For programs without support for international students/interns, more information about visas can be found at the USCIS website, Temporary Worker page or Student and Exchange Student page.

Evaluating International Applicants

This webinar provides information and directions about how to evaluate international students who wish to apply to your program. These students maybe be from ACEND-accredited FDE Or IDE program or from non-accredited international programs.

Please note: IDE programs are now included under the Coordinated Program standards as International Coordinated Programs. Please contact you ACEND manager if you have questions about any international program.

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