Your I-20 has a program end date listed under section 5 on page 1 (see picture). This date is the final semester when you will be expected to complete your studies. An F-1 student who is unable to complete a full-course of study by the program end date must apply for a program extension before the completion date.
A program extension may be granted by an ISFO advisor. To qualify for an extension of a program, a student must have continually maintained status and prove that the delays were caused by a compelling academic or medical reason. Students who need to apply for an extension of stay should begin the application process no later than 40 days before the completion date on the I-20.
Students will need to do the following to receive their extension: