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Reminder About Online Course Limits for International Students

As you register for Fall 2022 classes, remember that only ONE online class counts towards full-time enrollment for F-1 and J-1 international students.


During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program made allowances for more flexible enrollment. At thi time, these flexibilities end as of Summer 2022.  At this time, pre-COVID limitations on online coursework will go into effect in Fall 2022. ISS is monitoring updates in case anything changes, but we do not expect further allowances to be made at this time.

As an international student, only one online class per semester counts toward full-time enrollment. This means you must be enrolled in mostly classes that require a face-to-face presence (traditional and blended courses both require face-to-face presence). 

You can count up to one 3 credit hour class that is fully online towards your full-time enrollment. (A fully online class is defined as a 100% web synchronous, 100% web asynchronous, or 100% web mix asynchronous/synchronous course.) If you take more than one fully online course, then the additional fully online coursework does not count towards your full-time enrollment.

  • Undergraduate students: 12 credit hours is considered full time. (9/12 hours must have an in-person component.)
  • Graduate students without assistantship: 9 credit hours is considered full time. (6/9 hours must have an in-person component.)
  • Graduate Assistants: 6 credit hours is considered full time. (3/6 hours must have an in-person component.)

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