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International Student Services


Meeting Full-time Enrollment Requirements

As an international student, you are required to enroll in classes full time during the fall and spring semesters.

Full Time Enrollment

If you are an undergraduate student, 12 hours is considered full time.

If you are a graduate student and do not have a graduate assistantship, 9 hours is considered full time.

If you are are a graduate assistant, 6 hours is considered full time.

 As an international student, only one online class per semester counts toward full-time enrollment. This means you must be enrolled in mostly traditional classes that require presence in a classroom.

Exemption from Full Time Enrollment

There are several acceptable reasons for a full time exemption. If you think you qualify for a full-time exemption, you and your academic advisor must complete a Full Time Exemption Form and submit it at the ISS front desk. If it is approved, ISS will allow you to enroll less than full-time for one semester. The following reasons may qualify you for a full-time exemption:

 

  • You are in your first semester, and you have initial difficulty with the English language (1 semester maximum)
  • You are in your first semester, and you have initial difficulty with reading requirements or teaching methods (1 semester maximum)
  • You are placed in an improper course level (1 semester maximum)
  • You have unfamiliarity with American teaching methods (1 semester maximum)
  • You are in your final semester and don't need to enroll full-time in order to complete your coursework (1 semester maximum)
  • You are a graduate student, your coursework is completed, and you are ABD (all but dissertation)* (6 semester maximum)
  • You have a documented medical issue that is so severe that it prevents you from studying full-time (2 semester maximum)

 

Please note: If you are a graduate student, you also may need to complete a Special Enrollment (Z Status) Form with the Graduate School. Please contact the Graduate School for more information regarding this form.

*If you are ABD, you only need to submit the Full-Time Exemption Form once.