All F-1 and J-1 international students must register full-time every semester or receive permission from OGS for a reduced course load (RCL), which is anything less than full-time registration.
Special Note about Online Courses
Please note, F-1 regulations state that only one online class may count towards full-time enrollment in any fall or spring semester.
F-1 students must take at least 1 in-person course in their final semester even with permission from OGS for a reduced course load during final semester. Students who enroll in only online courses in their final semester do so at their own risk of difficulties and/or denials of future OPT requests, visa or change of status requests and F-1 visa renewals.
J-1 students cannot consider online course enrollment as part of their required full-time enrollment.
If you have concerns about online course enrollment during your final semester, speak with an OGS advisor during advising hours before your course registration is complete.
If you have any other reason that prevents you from registering full-time, please speak to an OGS advisor during our advising hours.
Contact your academic department to learn more about factors to consider and understand before registering for anything less than full-time. These factors could include:
You will be notified by email within 5-7 business days.
You must register full-time. If you register or drop to below full-time without OGS permission, you will lose the benefits of lawful student status and be unable to stay and study in the US.