All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to pursue a full course of study and make normal progress toward the completion of the intended program. Failing grades, non-participation, dropping or withdrawing from class during a semester are not options for F-1 and J-1 students. If you are having difficulty with your classes, contact your International Student Advisor for options you may have before the semester ends.
International Student Course Registration Requirements:
Undergraduate students must enroll in a full-time course load of 12 semester hours during each spring and fall terms. Within the 12 semester hours, online enrollment is limited to 3 semester hours.
Graduate students must enroll in a full-time course load of 9 semester hours during each spring and fall terms. Within the 9 semester hours, online enrollment is limited to 3 semester hours.
Enrollment over the full-time course limit may be in courses with online instruction, but the student must maintain the face-to-face courses requirement in order to maintain F-1 status.
Summer is considered to be a vacation term for most continuing F-1/J-1 students. Enrollment during the summer term is optional for international students who were previously enrolled. There is no limit to online course instruction during the summer term for continuing students.
However, students who enter the university for the first time in the Summer term must enroll in minimum of 6 semester hours with face-to-face instruction. Please connect with your academic advisor prior to course registration for course rotation schedules. Some programs that have course rotations beginning in the Summer term may require additional courses.
Programs with Course Rotation Schedules
Certain programs may have an established course rotation schedule. Please connect with your academic advisor and work closely with your academic advisor in maintaining your degree plan. Your academic advisor will guide your degree program and plan. Failing to connect with your academic advisor to maintain your degree plan will result in course registration difficulties that may cause graduation delays. If you are not able to register for your courses, please consult the International Programs Office immediately. Please note, as an international student on F-1 and J-1 status you are not able to take a semester off due to course rotation.
As a new and returning international student, we recommend you to connect with your academic advisor prior to registering for your courses. Your academic advisor will assist you to understand your degree program, plan and assist you to each your educational and career goals. It is the students responsibility to connect with your academic advisor prior to course registration for each semester and register for the approved courses. You can reach your academic advisor via email at:
School of Art and Science: Magen Besancon
School of Business and Administration: Rhiannon Smith
School of Education, Health Professions and Human Development: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dropping Below Full-time Enrollment
There are exceptions for full-time enrollment in special cases. To enroll for the required number of hours, you should contact the International Programs Office as soon as possible. Exceptions to a full course of study are:
Medical problem (documentation is necessary)
Valid academic reasons for enrolling less than full time
Students in their final term of study graduation / program completion
Changing your Program of Study
You must follow correct procedures in changing from one program of study to another. Contact the International Student Advisor in the International Programs Office for instructions to change your maor. Changing your program will require a new I-20 with the new degree program on the first page and a possible change in program end date.