All F-1 and J-1 students must be enrolled full-time during fall and spring semesters.
International students are not required to take classes during summer. But you must be enrolled full-time if you have been admitted and will begin your degree program during summer semester.
What does full-time mean?
Undergraduate students must take at least 12 credit hours.
Graduate students must take at least 9 credit hours. Check with your department for any additional requirements.
Online Course Limit
Only one on-line class (maximum 3 credits) counts toward full-time enrollment.
Audited Courses Do Not Count
Audited courses are not considered full-time enrollment as required by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and the terms of your student status in the US. Talk to your advisor if you want to audit a course.
Full-time Requirement Exceptions
During the academic year, F-1 and J-1 status international students must be enrolled full-time, or receive permission from International Programs and Services for a reduced course load. You do not have to take classes during summer semester unless you have an award or employment—for example, a fellowship or a graduate assistantship—that requires summer enrollment.