Online Enrollment

Due to government regulations, undergraduate students in F-1 status must be enrolled in at least 9 credits of coursework in a classroom (NOT online) during each fall and spring semester. Graduate students in F-1 status must be enrolled in at least 6 credits of coursework in a classroom. Government regulations regarding enrollment for students in J-1 status do not allow online courses to count towards satisfying full-time enrollment requirements. As a result, undergraduate students in J-1 status must be enrolled in at least 12 credits of coursework in a classroom (NOT online). Graduate students in J-1 status must be enrolled in at least 9 credits of coursework in a classroom.

If you are taking an online course, please be sure your registration meets requirements. If you are not sure, please ask ISSS and we will help you.

  • Undergraduate Students: Students in F-1 status must take at least 9 of 12 credits in-person; students in J-1 status must take all 12 credits in-person.
  • Graduate Students: Students in F-1 status must take at least 6 of 9 credits in-person; students in J-1 status must take all 9 credits in-person.
  • Language Training: No online enrollment is permitted.

Online Enrollment during Final Semester of Study

It is not permitted to be present in the U.S. and take only online coursework in your final semester of study. This policy applies even if your final term is during a traditional break period such as winter or summer term. If you wish to remain in the U.S. and maintain legal status, you will need to adjust your enrollment plans. Alternatively, it may be possible for you to depart the U.S., end your F-1 status, and complete your studies remotely. Please consult with ISSS.