All international students having F-1 visa status are required to maintain full-time status throughout their studies in the U.S. Full-time is defined as 12 credit hours per semester, or 9 credit hours for those students holding a graduate, research, or teaching assistantship.
Graduate international students registering less than full-time in any semester must be sure to complete a Certification of Full-Time Status Form, available at the Graduate School, 408 Capen Hall or online. Only the Graduate School may certify full-time status. Forms may be completed for previous semesters if proof of full-time status is presented to the Graduate School.
Less than full-time registration may occur during the final semester of study if fewer than 12 credit hours are required for completion of the program. Students in their first semester of study, or those on a medical leave of absence, must document their exceptional circumstances and obtain International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) approval to register for less than a full course of study.
Students who are authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and are registered less than full-time should speak to an International Student Advisor to ensure that they are maintaining full-time status.