International Student Services


Full Course of Study

You must pursue a full course of study each quarter to maintain lawful status. A "full course of study" is 12 or more credits per quarter for undergraduates, and 10 or more credits per quarter for graduate students. Only one online class may count towards your minimum credit amount.

In your final quarter you may take as few credits as required to complete your degree as long as you register for at least one credit and receive authorization for a reduced course load from ISS in advance. An online class cannot be the only class on your final quarter schedule.

Reduced Course Load

You may enroll part-time due to valid academic/medical reasons during a quarter if you obtain a Reduced Course Load authorization from ISS in advance. You must discuss with ISS to determine if you are eligible for the benefit. Do not register for fewer than the required number of credits or withdraw from a course without first receiving permission from ISS. 

Vacation Quarter

You may take a vacation quarter and remain in the U.S. if you have completed three full-time consecutive quarters and are eligible and intend to register for the quarter following the vacation. ISS recommends that you take summer as your annual vacation due to limited course offerings. You cannot take vacation in your final quarter.

A student who arrives in the U.S. for the first time and begins study winter or spring quarter may take the summer as a vacation quarter. 

Academic Deficiency

You must maintain “good” academic standing while a student in the United States. Meet your Professor, Program Advisor and/or ISS if you are having difficulty in your courses. It is better to receive a grade of “F” in a class than to drop the class and fall below full time status.

Withdrawal from Courses

To cancel all your courses in the middle of a quarter, you must complete an Official Withdrawal form through the Registrars Office (Husky Hall Room 1130), and meet with ISS. Once your withdrawal is approved, you must depart the U.S. within 15 days to maintain status except for authorized medical reduced course load.