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Maintaining Full Course of Study Enrollment Status

Note: Only one online class (or up to three credits) per term is allowed to count towards the full course of study requirement for an F-1 student.

Undergraduate

  • 12 credit hours minimum in both fall and winter
  • Summer term enrollment is not mandatory; the summer term for undergraduates is an annual vacation

Master's

  • 6 credit hours minimum (3 credit hours minimum during dissertation/thesis or qualifying exams)
  • Important: If a program requires enrollment that exceeds the enrollment specified here, then the student must comply with the program specific policy.
  • The summer term is the annual vacation for master’s international students, unless the program requires summer attendance.  If summer attendance is mandatory, the student must obtain prior approval for a leave of absence from the program before taking a summer break.

Doctoral

  • 1 Doctoral level class (class cannot be online, but must be ground-based) or enrollment in dissertation/thesis or qualifying exam
  • Important: If a program requires enrollment that exceeds the enrollment specified here, then the student must comply with the program specific policy.
  • The summer term is the annual vacation for doctoral international students, unless the program requires summer attendance.  If summer attendance is mandatory, the student must obtain prior approval for a leave of absence from the program before taking a summer break.
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