Registration Requirements and Restrictions

FULL TIME ENROLLMENT

Immigration regulations require international students in F-1 status to register as a full-time student for fall and spring semester.  Students are required to enroll in a full-time course load throughout the semester (fall and spring semesters).

For immigration purposes, the minimum full-time enrollment is defined as follows:

 

Undergraduate students = 12 credits

Graduate students = 9 credits

 

Courses that are audited DO NOT count towards meeting the minimum full-time enrollment requirement.

- International students are able to take classes during summer and winter semester as they choose, considering that they are currently in legal status of their respective F-1 or J-1 status.

ONLINE COURSES

Immigration regulations limit the number of online courses a student can count towards full-time status.  Students are able to register for online classes if they follow the online vs. in-class combo chart below:

*Key: number of online classes - total classes registered

UG

GR

1 – 4

1 – 3

2 – 5

2 – 4

3 – 6

3 – 5

International Students are not permitted to enroll in 8A/8B courses.

Exceptions for online courses will be made for extraordinary circumstances with a clearly stated rationale. For undergraduate students, these exceptions are approved by Academic Advising and Graduate student exceptions are approved by graduate coordinators and faculty advisors.

International Students are not permitted to enroll in any class during the 8A/8B session

Exceptions for 8A/8B courses will be made for extraordinary circumstances with a clearly stated rationale. For undergraduate students, these exceptions are first approved by Academic Advising and Graduate student exceptions are first approved by graduate coordinators and faculty advisors. OISS has the final approval for these exceptions.

PART TIME ENROLLMENT – REDUCED COURSE LOAD (RCL)

Under certain circumstances, students may be authorized to reduce their course load. This authorization must be requested prior to the beginning of the semester the reduction is requested for. Any student who fails to enroll in a full course of study by the add/drop deadline, or drops below a full course of study without prior authorization by OISS, is considered to be out of status.

Please be advised that the following do not constitute a valid reason to reduce course load according to U.S. Federal Regulations:

- Pregnancy

- Lack of financial support

Exceptions to the full course of study requirements are very limited; however, if deemed appropriate OISS may authorize a student to reduce his/ her course load in adherence to the Federal Regulation:

** Please note after completing reduced course load (RCL), students are unable to:

1) Request another RCL

2) Apply for program extension

Academic Reasons

- (minimum enrollment of six credit hours required) [8CFR214.2 (f)(6)(v)]

- Having initial difficulties with the English language or reading requirements

- Experiencing unfamiliarity with American teaching methods

- Student was placed in an inappropriate course level

Other

- To Complete Course of Study in Current Term [8CFR214.2(f)(6)(ii)]

- Illness or Medical Condition [8CFR214.2(f)(5)(i)]

International students may be authorized to drop or withdraw from classes in the case that the student experiences unforeseen illness or a medical condition. A reduction in courses due to medical reasons must be authorized for each semester in question, not to exceed 12 months. The student must provide a statement by a licensed U.S. medical professional, on letterhead (not prescription pad) documenting the following:

- The medical necessity to reduce courses

- The semester for which the reduction is requested for

-The advised action (reduction in course or withdrawal)

 The Reduced Course Load Authorization Form should be submitted BEFORE dropping below minimum credit hours. Please fill out your RCL form completely, obtain the appropriate signatures, and submit your form to OISS via scan/email at iss@hpu.edu or in person.