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Reduced Course Load

Students in the US on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to carry a full course of study each semester: 

Full-time Enrollment Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate – 12 credit hours 
  • Graduate – 9 credit hours 
  • ESL – 20 classroom hours 

Regulations permit students to drop below full-time for very limited and specific reasons. In these cases, students must receive prior approval from a Student Immigration Specialist in Bradley Hall.  

To request a Reduced Course Load, submit an e-form in iCAT.  A student who drops below a full course of study without the prior approval of the Student Immigration Specialist will be considered out of status.

Reduced Course Load Eligibility

Undergraduates

  • Initial academic difficulties due to unfamiliarity with American teaching methods, English difficulties, or improper course level placement (one semester only). 
  • Students in their final semester of study before graduation. 
  • Students who have a medical problem certified by a physician or clinical psychologist (maximum of two semesters; number of course hours determined by physician).

Graduates

  • Initial academic difficulties due to unfamiliarity with American teaching methods, English difficulties, or improper course level placement (one semester only). 
  • Students in their final semester of course work. 
  • Students who have a medical problem certified by a physician or clinical psychologist (maximum of two semesters; number of course hours determined by physician).

ESL

Students who have a medical problem certified by a physician or clinical psychologist (maximum of two semesters; number of course hours determined by physician).

Medical RCL Documentation Requirements

Students requesting RCL based on a medical condition should submit a letter from a U.S. licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or clinical psychologist with all the following information: 

  • Student's Name 
  • Semester for Recommended Reduced Course Load 
  • Estimated length of condition 
  • Recommendation for no enrollment or part time enrollment 
  • Health Care Provider’s Name 
  • Signature 
  • Date of Signature 
  • Address and phone number of doctor 

You must obtain this letter before submitting an RCL request in iCAT