Enrollment

Full-time Enrollment Chart (for immigration purposes)*

Undergraduate Enrollment

Semester Enrollment Hours
Fall & Spring: 12 hours minimum (exchange students enroll pursuant to the terms of the university agreement)
Summer: No enrollment is required, unless it is your first or final semester
Online Classes: Maximum 3 of 12 hours in fall or spring; no limit in summer (unless is first or final semester or you are a J-1 exchange student)
Final Semester: Enroll in hours required to complete your degree (must include non-online class)

>>Submit a Final Term Form no later than two weeks into the final semester.

Graduate Enrollment

Semester Enrollment Hours
Fall & Spring: 9 hours minimum
  3 hours is considered full-time after enrolling for 6 thesis hours or 24 dissertation hours
Summer: No enrollment is required, unless it is your first or final semester
Online Classes: F-1 Students: maximum 3 of 9 hours in fall or spring; no limit in summer (unless is first of final semester). J-1 Students are not permitted any online enrollment as part of the full course load, but may have extra online hours.
Final Semester: Varies
  Thesis or Dissertation - 2 hours minimum
  Non-Thesis Masters - Enroll in hours required to complete your degree (must include non-online class)

>>Submit a Final Term Form no later than two weeks into the final semester.
NOTE:  If your academic department, scholarship, exchange agreement, or sponsoring agency requires you to enroll for more credit hours than the minimums listed above (in order to fulfill FSU or academic requirements, scholarship or program requirements), please do so. Students with limited scholarship funding may need to carefully plan their coursework to fit within the timeframe allotted or limits imposed by their scholarship.


Summer Full-time Course Load

In some cases, a full course load is required in the summer if it is a student’s first term at FSU, to be eligible for the Latin American – Caribbean Scholarship for summer enrollment, to fulfill the terms of a scholarship, or to have an assistantship during the summer. Full-time summer enrollment is as follows:

  • 6 credit hours in summer sessions B or C; or
  • 9 credit hours in summer session A or any combination of summer sessions.

Academic departments, scholarships, outside financial or immigration sponsors, special programs, or exchange programs may require a different level of enrollment or may restrict summer enrollment. Students will need to communicate with all involved parties to reconcile conflicting requirements.

And the Reduced Course Load section needs to be revised to this:


Reduced Course Loads

Students in F-1 status must receive authorization from a CGE advisor before dropping below a full course load.

Students in F-1 status may be eligible for a reduced course load authorization for the following reasons:

  1. Initial difficulty with English language or reading requirements
  2. Unfamiliarity with U.S. teaching methods
  3. Improper course level placement
  4. Medical condition, with documentation from a licensed physician or psychologist/psychiatrist

Please review the reduced course load application and then speak with an F-1 advisor for more information.

Students in J-1 status must receive authorization for a reduced course load from the immigration sponsor listed in box 2 of their DS-2019 form. If the sponsor is not FSU, the Exchange Visitor Advisor at the CGE must also receive the sponsor’s authorization before signing a drop/add form.

Students in J-1 status may be eligible for a reduced course load authorization for only the following reasons:

  1. A bona fide academic reason, as documented by the student’s academic advisor (such as improper course placement);
  2. A medical reason as documented by a licensed U.S. physician or psychiatrist; or
  3. Final term

Drop/Add & Withdrawals

Registered students may add or drop a course during the drop/add period in the first week of classes, as long as a full course load is maintained.

To drop or add a class after drop/add ends, contact your academic department to obtain the necessary form. An F-1 advisor must sign this form before the Registrar will process any changes to your schedule.

NOTE: You may still be required to pay for any classes you drop after drop/add ends.

If you wish to drop ALL classes for the semester, please speak with your assigned international student advisor immediately regarding your planned withdrawal. If your withdrawal is due to a mental or physical health issue for which you have not sought assistance, please know that University Health Services and the University Counseling Center are available to students in need.