Authorization to Reduce Course Load

Authorization to Reduce Course Load

An international student cannot make changes in his/her schedule which would drop him/her below 12 credits (full-time) without obtaining authorization from the Manager of the ISO. This rule is applicable both before and after the add/drop deadlines. Authorization may be given for extenuating circumstances. A student will be considered in status despite less than 12 credit enrollment if:

  • They have less than 12 credits left to graduate in his/her final semester.

  • They have obtained a medical leave of absence.

    • International students who encounter a medical condition will need to present proper medical documentation from a doctor 30 days after the occurrence of the illness. The international student will be required to enroll full-time the following semester. If the medical condition extends for a period of longer than two semesters, the international student will be advised to return to their country to recuperate. An international student who asks for a Reduced Course Load for medical reasons immediately after he/she enters the country will be denied unless he/she can prove the medical condition was contracted after entering the US.   

  • The international student has been improperly placed – referring to course level.

An international student is considered in session and may not work more than 20 hours a week while on an approved Reduced Course Load.  The ISO may determine that employment should be terminated if the international student cannot enroll in 12 credits of coursework because of medical reasons.

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