Concurrent Enrollment - Taking classes at more than one school
F-1 visa students who are also enrolled at a second college or university in addition
to the U of M MUST provide the International Students Office copies of their class
schedules from BOTH schools to verify a combined full-time enrollment. This must
be done for EACH TERM that the student will combine classes from two schools. This
includes the UT Biomedical Joint Program students. Our office MUST receive copies
of class schedules no later than 15 days after the start of each semester. This is
a mandatory federal policy.
Online Enrollment for F-1 visa holders
The United States government has specifically limited F-1 visa holding students to
take only degrees that are on-campus. Online degrees are specifically prohibited.
Additional activity on campus does not mitigate the circumstances; if the DEGREE PROGRAM
is known as an online degree program, then it is absolutely not allowed for F-1 visa holders.
If an F-1 visa holder is pursuing a regular degree, then they are restricted to one
online class per semester, in combination with all other classes, in order to count
towards their total enrollment requirements.
This is not a U of M policy, it is not mandated by the Tennessee Board of Regents
– it is a federal regulation issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security.