Reduced Course Load

As a requirement of the F-1 or J-1 student visa status, it is required to be a full-time student and make normal academic progress by maintaining at least 15 credit units each term. If there is an extenuating circumstance, it is possible to drop below full time. There are only three extenuating circumstances that are considered to allow a student to drop below full time, all of which require PRIOR authorization from ISS. Do not drop below 15 units before speaking with the Director of International Student Services.

  1. Academic Difficulties: A student is only permitted to drop below full time course load for an academic difficulty once in his/her time in the bachelor’s program. The reason must be validated by the dean in Center for Academic Success.
  2. Final Term of Study: If you will complete your program of study at the end of the current term and have met all of your other course requirements. This reason must be validated by your academic advisor.
  3. Temporary illness or medical condition: If you are not able to attend class due to a temporary medical issue, you must provide a signed letter from a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or licensed clinical psychologist. In all three cases, you must first meet with ISS in order to submit the appropriate documentation AND receive authorization in the form of an updated I-20 BEFORE dropping below full time.

Please contact International Student Services if you have any questions about the Reduced Course Load Authorization.

Reduced Course Load Options

Reduced Courseload Info Chart