Reduced Course Load

Reduced Course Load

Reduced Course Load

To maintain legal status, all F-1 and J-1 students must be registered for a full course of study (minimum 12 credits for undergraduates and 9 credits for graduates). There are cases, however, in which regulations consider a student to be pursuing a full course of study even though they are not actually registered for the minimum full credit requirements. Talk to Global Education if you have questions. 

A student who drops below a full course of study (after the drop-add period) without prior approval of a DSO will be considered out of status. Please be advised that a lack of financial support does not constitute a valid reason to reduce course load per immigration regulations.

Approved Reasons for Reduced Course Load

  • Completion of course of study
  • Medical Reasons                                 
  • Academic Difficulties including:
    • Initial difficulties with English language  
    • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods
    • Initial difficulties with reading requirements  
    • Improper course placement

Failure to comply with this requirement is a violation of your F-1 status, which may result in serious consequences, including your termination in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitors Information System), inability to re-enter the U.S., and detention and deportation from the U.S.