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F-1 students must register for a full course load per semester. The following are the full-time course load requirements for F-1 students at KSU:
- For ESL students, full time is at least 18 hours per week.
- For undergraduate students, full time is at least 12 credits per semester.
- For graduate students, full time is at least 9 credits per semester.
- Online classes: Only 3 hours of online classes may be taken each semester to count towards full time enrollment. F-1 students may enroll in more than 3 hours online each semester, but only 3 hours will count towards full time enrollment.
The exception to the full time enrollment or to the reduced course load are very limited. If you are unable to maintain full-time enrollment, consult a DSO immediately. Do not drop below full-time status unless a DSO has authorized it in SEVIS.
Part-time enrollment may be authorized for:
- Severe difficulty adjusting to the U.S. educational system.
- Unfamiliarity with American Teaching Methods
- Severe difficulty with the English language in the first semester.
- Severe difficulty with Reading Requirements
- Improper course level placement.
- Medical need (detailed documentation from a U.S. physician required).
- Student is in his/her last semester and taking the necessary number of credits needed to complete all degree requirements.
Unacceptable reasons for part-time enrollment include, but are not limited to:
- Poor grades in a prior semester.
- Fear of failing a class.
- Lack of money to pay tuition.
International students may need to extend their F-1 status for an academic or medical reason. In other words, if you are unable to complete your program by the end date on your I-20, you will need to visit OIA to extend your status by updating your I-20 in SEVIS based on the program requirements. In order to extend your end date, F-1 students need to have the following:
- Formal and reasonable explanation from your academic advisor
- Current financial documents showing sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses
- Anticipated new program end date