Thanks for the information.
QUESTION 1: Can I apply for an F1 visa for such a program?
ANSWER: Based on the information you've provided, yes. So long as the program culminates in a degree, and the institution is authorized by the US government to accept international students, you can get F-1 status (if you are changing status while in the US) or an F-1 visa (if you are outside of the US).
QUESTION 2: Will this sort of a program allow me to get an OPT at the end of 2 years?
ANSWER: Enrollment in any degree granting program on F-1 status can be the basis for OPT after the first year (pre-completion) or after the completion of the program (post-completion).
QUESTION 3: I was planning to apply for an F1 only in the second year of the program (to be eligible for SSN and therefore the internship). This way I can spend less on the tuition for the first year. My question is in case I change to an F1 only in the second year, will I still be eligible for an OPT?
ANSWER: Yes, it sounds to me like you would be eligible, since you would have completed the program and earned the degree.
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