DACA and Executive Order Resources

For the most recent information on DACA or Executive Order No. 13780, please see the following external resources:

US. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which administers the DACA pr​ogram about the program. Please monitor the news and development closely on certain updates of policies and regulations.

Association of International Educators: DACA Resources

American Immigration La​wyers Association

Featured Issue: USCIS Statement on Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Advisement

Executive Order Travel Ban: Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Resource Portal

International Programs 

Global Engagement ​provides multiple services to international students at The Chicago School:

  • Immigration advising to international students, exchange visitors, faculty & staff
  • Provide guidance & support on social & personal concerns, including cross-cultural adjustment issues
  • Comprehensive & on-going orientation
Designated School Officials – DSOs, International Student Advisors

Bridget Flaherty, Director of Global Engagement and PDSO/RO
[email protected]

Charlene Higgins, Student Success Advisor
[email protected]

International Student Orientation - Mandatory

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming international students and covers important topics including government policies, immigration regulations, maintaining student status, and more. Students will have a chance to get acquainted with campus offices, learn about the student resources available to them and meet with your student success team. A university wide orientation is held either before the semester starts or during the first week of the semester. Students are notified by the student success team and information is available on the Global Engagement website.
Employment Opportunities and Procedures for F-1 Students – Workshop

Held every month throughout the year, the Employment Opportunities workshop aims to help students understand their employment opportunities as a F1 student including On-Campus Employment, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for Practicum/Internship, and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Policies, regulations, and detailed information on how to apply and what the process is like.
Annual International Student Review – Mandatory

This mandatory annual international student review is scheduled in February each year and requires all international students to review with their student success team​ about their immigration status and related policies and regulations. This is to ensure that all our students are in good status when studying with The Chicago School.

Income Tax Workshop for International Students

Tax Workshop

International Student Tax Workshop is held annually in late February or early March. IPS invites a representative from the Internal Revenue Service in Chicago to offer step-by-step instructions on filing the 1040 NR and 8843 and state tax (IL) form . The workshop might also be held in another school near The Chicago School in Chicago and can be broadcasted online to all The Chicago School campuses.

International Student Forms

International students need to complete extra forms when requesting authorization for many administrative areas to ensure that they remain in good status. Examples include forms to request practicum/internship authorization, practical training after they end their program, leave of absence, dropping of a course, withdrawal from school, re-entry, transferring between campus/department, etc. All international students are still responsible to complete the required ​school forms applicable to all The Chicago School students.

Global Impact Scholarship​

The Global​ Impact Scholarship is offered to current and incoming international students. Recipient selection is based on an preferred from the options of submission which shares the story of the journey from home country to The Chicago School and how education will help them impact the field of psychology on a global scale. The deadline for the essay submission is October 1st each year.

Global Leaders Scholarship​

The Global Leaders Scholarship is an award available to The Chicago School international students studying at one of The Chicago School's on-ground campuses only. Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on an application, which shares their experience at The Chicago School, describes how The Chicago School has impacted their professional development, and discusses their plans for serving as a Global Leader in their profession.  

First 24 h​ours

First 24 hours information includes what students should expect and need to do upon arrival in the U.S. Information also includes working with the Passport Control/Immigration at the airport, luggage claim, Custom Service, Airport pickup, food and a lot more.

Housing Information

The housing information includes links to learn more about different neighborhoods and sites where would go explore different accommodation options. Learn more about it here.​

Resources outside Global Engagement

Career Services

Handshake (Coming soon) – The Chicago School's online job board, including on-campus employment.  

Career Services Webinar Series – Webinars and discussions related to techniques of job searching and CV and Cover Letter assistance.

Intervie​w Stream – Online website available for students to practice their interview skills.

Going Global – Online website providing information and support for a job search in other countries and in the U.S.

National New Student Coordinator’s Office 

Canvas, an Online Learning Platform​ - https://my.thechicagoschool.edu/NewStudent/Pages/Canvas.aspx​​

Writing Resources

Counseling Services

Military and Veteran programs

The Chicago School is proud to provide support for active duty and veteran members at all locations, as well as thoughtful programming to address issues pertinent in the veteran community.

For more information, contact: [email protected] or 800-684-2890, option 6.​

ADA Accommodations

In pursuit of its mission and in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990*, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities equal access to academic courses, programs, and school activities. A student with a documented disability may request reasonable accommodations by contacting Student Affairs. This request must be accompanied by appropriate documentation that establishes that the student has a specific disability and that supports the accommodation(s) requested.

The school reserves the right to select the specific aids and services it provides, as long as it deems they will be effective for the student and do not fundamentally alter the program or academic standards. Such aids and services are determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the student who has identified the need for accommodation. Please contact [email protected] or 800-595-6938 for any assistance.

Student Solutions

Call 24 hours a day/7 days a week for confidential help with all of life's issues at 800-595-6938 or visit www.guidanceresources.com and use Web identifier: The Chicago School Community Site.

The Chicago School is proud to partner with Student Solutions, a free, confidential, around-the-clock counseling service. Student Solutions is a partnership between The Chicago School​ and ComPsych, one of the world's largest providers of student assistance program. Student Solutions replaces the Student Therapy Referral Network. Through Student Solutions, The Chicago School will pay for your first three (3) counseling sessions with a mental health provider.

CTA U-Pass (Chicago campus)

[email protected] 800-595-6938, option 7​

Student Affairs offers the CTA U-Pass, a discounted transit pass, to all full-time students at the Chicago campus. The U-Pass will give you UNLIMITED rides aboard CTA buses and trains while school is in session: no cash needed, no transfer charges, no surcharges. For new students and students who did not previously receive a U-Pass, U-Pass distribution takes place during the first week of school from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 4th floor of 325 N Wells. After this initial distribution, you will not need to replace your card.

U-Pass replacements will now be handled through the school, rather than the CTA. Please contact [email protected] if your card has been lost, stolen, or damaged. We will assist you in obtaining a replacement.

​Metro U-Pass (DC campus)

[email protected]

The Chicago School DC Campus has partnered with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to bring you Metro's University Pass Program ("U-Pass").  This exciting new program will provide all enrolled students with cost effective transportation to and from campus as well as around the D.C. metro area.  All full time students will recieve a U-Pass this Fall which entitles them to unlimited rides on the Metrorail, Metrobus, and the Metro Airport Shuttle​ during the academic year. 

Emergency Preparation

As an international student, are you prepared for an emergency?

During your stay in the U.S., you may face emergency situations ranging from natural disasters to man-made catastrophes.  These emergencies can distrupt school operations and affect the safety of everyone.  Unique conditions that apply to international students may not often be considered in a school's emergency operations plan. 

Are you prepared as an International Student?  Your DSOs​ highly recommend that you

  • ​Know your Emergency plan​ and procedures for your campus.
  • ​Sign up for campus-wide alerts.  If applicable, consider including dependents and family in emergency preparedness briefings offered to international students.  
  • Should understand how to maintain nonimmigrant student status during an emergency.
  • Should keep your DSO's phone number handy
  • Should keep the phone number of SEVP Response Center (SRC).  SRC serves as the point of contact for our school and will provide emergency contact services during the disruption.  You can reach SRC​ at 703-603-3400 or 1-800-892-4829.  SRC is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, except federal holidays. 
  • Be prepared, Build a Kit​.
  • ​Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Follow FEMA's popular accounts on social media.