As an international student in F-1 or J-1 status, if you receive permission from OGS for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to medical reasons, you are allowed to keep your F-1 or J-1 record active and remain legally in the US. Only twelve months (approximately 3 semesters) of medical leave or reduced course load is allowed, and OGS can only authorize this type of leave for one semester at at time. The deadline to request permission for medical leave or reduced course load is 1 week prior to the last day of the semester since OGS cannot grant permission retroactively.
Learn how to get permission for a medical leave or reduced course load:
Contact your department directly to find out about how to get approval. We also recommend that you review NYU's policy on Leave of Absence and Term/Total Withdrawals.
Submit Your Reduced Course Load Permission Request to OGS with a medical letter meeting the following requirements:
Once your request is approved, students in F-1 status will get a new I-20 from our office. Students in J-1 status do not need a new DS-2019 to reflect the medical leave or reduced course load. Please note:
If you received approval from your school for a leave, then contact your department directly to find out about how to get approval to return to your program.
If you are returning to the US from abroad, then you must use your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 to return to the US with a valid travel signature. If the signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 will be more than a year old by the time you reenter the US, you need to get a new signature before you travel.