Enrollment

Full-time Enrollment Chart (for immigration purposes)*

*Note: Federal COVID guidance for Summer 2022 – Summer 2023 allows more online enrollment than normally allowed by the F-1 regulations. Students entering the U.S. with an I-20 issued for “initial attendance” must enroll in at least one class that meets in person. Students continuing their F-1 or J-1 status in the U.S. do not have restrictions on online/Flex enrollment.

Undergraduate Enrollment

Semester Enrollment Hours
Fall & Spring: 12 hours minimum (exchange students enroll pursuant to the terms of the university agreement) 
Summer:

Continuing FSU students: Summer is the annual vacation, no enrollment required to meet immigration requirements. Departments or scholarships may have enrollment requirements.

New students (including students transferring to FSU and FSU students changing degree levels): 

  • Beginning Summer A/C: 12 credits
  • Beginning Summer B: 6 credits

Online/In-Person Requirements: 

 

Fall and Spring: At least 9 credits of in-person (not online or virtual) classes. See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

Final Semester: Only one class needed for completion of degree can be online. Enrollment must include an in-person class. See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

Summer (continuing students): No limit

Summer (new F-1 students):

  • Starting A/C: at least 9 credits in person (not online or virtual). See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.
  • Starting B: at least 3 credits in person (not online or virtual). See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

J-1 students: not permitted any online enrollment as part of the full course load but may have extra online credit hours. See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

Final Semester: Credit hours required to completed degree. 
Complete and submit Final Term Form in Nole Start (submit no later than 2 weeks into final semester).
The CGE will shorten the I-20 to reflect the correct program completion date if the I-20 shows a completion date beyond the current semester.

Graduate Enrollment

Semester Enrollment Hours

Fall & Spring:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master/Specialist/Law

9 credit hours minimum*

After completing requirements for completion of the program and completion of minimum 6 thesis credits, a student may be eligible to register for fewer hours until completion, unless appointed as a graduate assistant. Students should consult their academic advisor/major professor and their department’s graduate coordinator for instructions and enrollment expectations.

Doctoral Level

9 credit hours minimum*

After a doctoral student has advanced to candidacy and has met subsequent core requirements for completion of their program, including completion of 24 dissertation hours, the student may be eligible to register for the university minimum enrollment requirement of two credit hours per semester until completion of the degree, unless appointed as a graduate assistant. Students should consult their academic advisor/major professor and their department’s graduate coordinator for instructions and enrollment expectations.

*An academic department, scholarship (such as the Latin America and Caribbean Scholarship), exchange agreement, or sponsoring agency may require more credit hours than the minimum 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 FSU students: Summer is the annual vacation and no enrollment required for immigration purposes. (FSU requires enrollment for students with graduate assistantships. Students working on their thesis or dissertation should consult their graduate coordinator about FSU continuous enrollment requirements.)

New F-1/J-1 students (including students transferring to FSU and FSU students changing degree levels):

  • Beginning Summer A/C: 9 credits
  • Beginning Summer B: 6 credits

Departments or scholarships may have specific enrollment requirements.

Online/In-Person Requirements: 

 

Fall and Spring (F-1 Students): At least 6 credits of in-person (not online or virtual) classes. See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

Final Semester (F-1 Students): Only one class needed for completion of degree can be online. Enrollment must include an in-person class. See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

Summer (continuing students): No limit

Summer (new F-1 students):

  • Starting A/C: at least 6 credits in person (not online or virtual). See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.
  • Starting B: at least 3 credits in person (not online or virtual).  See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

J-1 students: Not permitted any online enrollment as part of the full course load, but may have extra online credit hours. See statement at top of page regarding current exceptions.

Final Semester:

Credit hours required to complete degree, or required for graduate assistantship or scholarship

Complete and submit Final Term Form  in Nole Start (submit no later than 2 weeks into final semester).

The CGE will shorten the I-20 to reflect the correct program completion date if the I-20 shows a completion date beyond the current semester.


Reduced Course Loads

Students in F-1 status must receive authorization from a CGE advisor before dropping below or withdrawing and falling below enrollment requirements.

Immigration regulations permit F-1 students to request authorization to reduce their course load below the levels stated above 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 medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist.

Students apply for a reduced course load by completing one of the forms below and uploading it in Nole Start. Students should talk to their CGE advisor if they have questions.

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 psychologist; 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, but must maintain a full course load.

To drop or add a class after the drop/add period ends, contact your academic department for instructions. Talk to your CGE advisor before initiating a drop or withdrawal that would reduce your  enrollment below full time. 

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

If you wish to withdraw from ALL classes for the semester, please speak with your assigned international student advisor immediately. If your proposal to withdraw is due to a mental or physical health issue for which you have not sought assistance, please know that University Health Services and the Counseling & Psychological Services at FSU are available to students in need.

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