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: Continuing students – Summer is the annual vacation and no enrollment required for immigration purposes.
Departments or scholarships may have enrollment requirements.
Online Classes: Fall and Spring: At least 9 credits of face-to-face (not online) classes.
Summer: No limit except during first or final term. Check with a CGE advisor for rules during a final summer term.
J-1 students are not permitted any online enrollment as part of the full course load, but may have extra online credit hours.
Final Semester: Only credit hours required to completed degree 
Submit final term form if fewer than 12 (submit no later than 2 weeks into final semester)
Note: The CGE will shorten a student’s I-20 to the new program completion date, if a student is enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours for the final term.

Graduate Enrollment

Semester Enrollment Hours
Fall & Spring: 9 hours minimum
3 hours minimum after completion of 6 thesis hours or 24 dissertation hours
An academic department, scholarship (such as the Latin America and Caribbean Scholarship), exchange agreement, or sponsoring agency may require more credit hours than the minimums listed above. Students with limited scholarship funding may need to carefully plan coursework to fit within the time frame allotted or limits imposed by their scholarship.
Summer: Continuing students – Summer is the annual vacation and no enrollment required for immigration purposes.
Departments or scholarships may have enrollment requirements.
FSU requires at least 2 dissertation hours for students working on dissertation.
Online Classes: Fall and Spring (F-1 Students): At least 6 credits of face-to-face (not online) classes
Summer: (F-1 Students) No limit except during first or final term. Check with a CGE advisor for rules during a final summer term.
J-1 students are not permitted any online enrollment as part of the full course load, but may have extra online credit hours.
Final Semester: Only credit hours required to complete degree, or required for graduate assistantship or scholarship
2 hours minimum for thesis/dissertation students
Submit final term form if fewer than 9 (submit no later than 2 weeks into final semester)
Note: The CGE will shorten a student’s I-20 to reflect completion in the current semester if a student is enrolled in fewer than 9 credit hours for the final term (or fewer than 3 3 for doctoral students who have completed 24 dissertation hours.)

Summer Full-time Course Load

Full-time summer enrollment (for immigration purposes) is:

  • Summer Session A (only): 12 credit hours (undergraduate) 9 credit hours (graduate)
  • Summer Session B (only): 6 credit hours (if starting Session B, new students must also enroll full time in C)
  • Summer Session C (only): 6 credit hours
  • Combination of A/B or A/C: 6 credit hours

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. Student must communicate with all involved parties to reconcile conflicting requirements..


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.

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