- General Information
- Application Process
- Application Checklist(pdf)
- Completing the Application
- Program Curriculum
- Program Completion Requirements
- Graduate Credit
- Tuition and Financial Aid
- RD/N Exam and Employment
- International Applicants
Onsite Track Contact:
Ms. Claudia Scott
Director, Dietetic Internship
University of Houston
3875 Holman, Rm 104 GAR
Houston, TX 77204-6015
Office: 207 Cameron
Phone : (713) 743-4025
Fax: (713) 743-9860
International Application Process
UH Dietetic Internship is a diverse program and we are proud to have interns coming from all backgrounds. International students are encouraged to apply to our program; however, we do advise students to make the necessary inquiries about obtaining visas for the period of the internship before applying to the program.
The UH internship program is a separate entity from the University of Houston and cannot provide visas to interns. The internship program takes no responsibility for the interns towards maintaining legal status in the US. The interns are not enrolled as UH students and hence the University does not provide F-1 (student) visas. It is the responsibility of the intern to obtain the necessary visa to enter the US. We will provide all the supporting paperwork as necessary.
Check out the Education and Credentialing Requirements for Those with Foreign Degrees page on the ACEND website.
Click here for information on some agencies that evaluate international credentials.
Please check the Immigration services website to learn more about the various categories of visas available - https://travel.state.gov/
Some of the common visa categories are:
F ( Student )
"an alien having a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning, who is a bona fide student qualified to pursue a full course of study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study at an established college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program in the United States, particularly designated by him and approved by the Attorney General after consultation with the Secretary of Education, which institution or place of study shall have agreed to report to the Attorney General the termination of attendance of each nonimmigrant student, and if any such institution of learning or place of study fails to make reports promptly the approval shall be withdrawn"
International students who have current F1 status can possibly enter the internship program using OPT (optional practical training) during the period of the internship. OPT visa takes about 3 months to obtain and students planning to use this option are encouraged to start their paperwork as early as they can. Students with an F visa should apply for practical training (CPT or OPT) from their respective graduating institutions. Meet with the International Student Office in your university as early as you can before you graduate to start the process.
Current UH international students (on F1 visa) accepted to the internship program should meet with UH International Students Office and complete the paperwork to maintain their visa status (usually on OPT). This must be done immediately upon acceptance to the program.
If you have any questions please contact the program director regarding your options.
Agencies that evaluate international credentials
Your academic degree should be validated as equivalent to the bachelor’s or master’s degree conferred by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Some non-profit agencies that perform this specialized service are listed below. Contact the agency for current information, procedure and costs.
Credentials Evaluation Services, Inc.
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
WES - Branch Offices:
Foreign Educational Document Service
Foundation for International Services, Inc.