Online Enrollment

Due to government regulations, undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 9 credits of coursework in a classroom (NOT online). Graduates students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits of coursework in a classroom. Typically, this means that students will only take one online or distance education course each semester. A class is considered “online” or “distance education” if it does not require any physical attendance in a classroom for coursework, exams, or other purposes integral to completion of the class. If ISSS learns that you are not enrolled in enough courses that meet the in-person requirement, we are required to report the issue to the government, which results in the loss of legal status.

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: At least 9 of 12 credits must be taken in-person.
  • Graduate Students: At least 6 of 9 credits must be taken 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.