Reduced Course Load

All F-1 or J-1 international students must obtain prior authorization from our office to drop below full-time course enrollment. Students who drop below a full-time course load without prior authorization will fall out of F-1 or J-1 status. Students must be eligible for Reduced Course Load to apply.

Full-time Course Load Guidelines

  • Undergraduates: a full-time course load = minimum of 12 credits.
  • Graduates: a full-time course load = minimum of 9 credits.

Reduced Course Load applications must be submitted to ISSO no later than the first day of the semester in which they are applying for.

Please review the eligibility requirements and the application instructions for further information.