Online and Hybrid Enrollment

Online Enrollment

Government regulations require that F-1 and J-1 international students meet specific enrollment requirements for their legal status during each fall and spring semester.

Undergraduate Students

  • F-1: Must take at least 9 of 12 credits in-person.
  • J-1: Must take all 12 credits in-person.

Graduate Students

  • F-1: Must take at least 6 of 9 credits in-person.
  • J-1: Must take all 9 credits in-person.

Language Training: No online enrollment is permitted.

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.

Hybrid Courses

Courses that are partially online and partially in-class are considered hybrid courses. In the Miami Course List, if you search for a course and look at the “Delivery” column, it will show you if the class is “Hybrid.”

Classes that are 50% or more online will not count as in-person courses. Sometimes, this information is found in “Show Details” when you search for a course in the Course List.

If you are taking a hybrid course and are unsure if it will count as an in-person course, please ask ISSS and we will help you.

Fall & Spring Term

It is not permitted to be present in the U.S. and take only online coursework (which includes 50% or higher hybrid courses) in your final semester of study if it is a required term of enrollment. If you wish to remain in the U.S. and maintain legal status during these terms, 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.

Winter & Summer Term

Questions often arise as to whether a student can be present in the U.S. and take only online coursework in the final term of study if it is a typical break period like winter or summer. Guidance from the U.S. government suggests that students should always enroll in at least one in-person course during their final term. As a result, ISSS recommends that you enroll in at least one in-person course if you will complete degree requirements during a typical break period. Be aware that failure to take at least one in-person course during a final term could jeopardize eligibility for future immigration benefits or statuses (such as H-1B). Because the government regulations are unclear, we recommend that you speak with ISSS regarding enrollment if you will complete your program in winter or summer term.

If a student is taking summer or winter term classes and it is not the final term of study, the classes can be online whether the student is present in the U.S. or is outside of the U.S.