Students may reduce their course load below full time for either academic or medical
reasons. In both cases, they must first obtain authorization, in writing, from the
International Students Office before they drop classes or fail to enroll full time.
Academic reasons, such as initial difficulty with English language, or unfamiliarity
with U.S. teaching methods, or improper course level placement, must be documented
by professors or academic advisors. The government allows a student with approved
documentation of the above noted cases to reduce their course load to 6 hours minimum
enrollment, and only once per academic level. Such students must resume a full course
load for the next and all remaining regular semesters.
Thesis and Dissertation students may enroll for as little as one credit hour of thesis
or dissertation courses, if they have completed all other course requirements prior
to the reduced course load while on thesis / dissertation.
Students in their final semester may take a reduced course load if only one or two
classes are needed to complete the degree. It is important to note that students may
not continue to be enrolled only for internship purposes if all degree requirements
Medical reasons including illness, injury, pregnancy and maternity leave must be documented;
that documentation must be in the International Students Office prior to any reduced
enrollment. Students with a doctor’s note may reduce their course load to zero credit
hours for a total of 12 months per academic level. The documentation must come from
a licensed Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, or licensed Clinical Psychologist
before dropping courses or failing to enroll for the term. This documentation must
be renewed each semester that the student is absent, or under reduced course load.
Students must notify the International Students Office before dropping below full