All F-1 and J-1 international students must register full-time every semester or receive permission from OGS for a reduced course load, which is anything less than full-time registration. Please note, F-1 regulations state that only one online class may count towards full-time enrollment in any fall or spring semester.
If you have any other reason that prevents you from registering full-time, please speak to an OGS advisor during our advising hours. If you are a graduate student, first find out if your department considers fewer than 12 credits to be full-time enrollment.
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 part-time, or if you drop courses 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 United States.
Graduate students registered for fewer than 12 credits are often considered to be doing the equivalent of full-time studies nonethless. This is called full-time equivalency and is something your academic department must evaluate and make a notation of in Albert. Once you get full-time equivalency from your department, you do NOT need to get permission from OGS to register for a reduced course load.