1. All F-1 students must be enrolled full time for every required semester (fall and spring) of their programs of study with the exception of the final semester of their programs (the semester before they graduate) when they are permitted to take a minimum of 6 credits if that is all that is needed for them to complete degree requirements. As defined in the F-1 regulations, full time enrollment for undergraduate students = 12 credits or more per semester.
2. For F-1 students “no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing , or computer conferencing.
3. Part of an F-1 student maintaining his/her legal status in the U.S. is that he/she has to be actively pursuing a full course of study while enrolled full time. This means, among other things, that the student is attending classes regularly and is handing in assignments in a timely manner.
4. If faculty are concerned about an international student (ie. not attending classes regularly or is not handing in assignments) please contact the Center for Student Success in order that an advisor can intervene with the student to see that he/she understands the risks of this behavior beyond a poor grade in the class (that risk includes violation of F-1 status and a lengthy and costly process to apply for reinstatement to F-1 status).
5. International students are held to one online course as part of their full-time enrollment during the fall and spring. Only Adult Undergraduate students are permitted to take an online course during the academic year. Traditional undergraduate students who meet eligibility guidelines (30-59 credits and minimum 3.0 GPA or 60+ credits and 2.75 GPA) are permitted to take up to two distance learning courses over the summer. If the student has been enrolled for a full year (Fall and Spring), meaning they have completed their full-time enrollment requirement for the year, they may take unlimited online courses (or a maximum of 2 for traditional students) during the summer. If it is their first term in the degree program, they are limited to one summer class (and must enroll in a full 12 credits over the summer sessions).