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F-1 Student Enrollment Requirements

Please review the following enrollment requirements:
  • F-1 students need to enroll in and complete a full-time course load in fall, winter, and spring quarters. A full-time load for undergraduate students is 12 units and for graduate students is 8 units.
  • Dropping from full-time enrollment or withdrawing from the quarter without prior authorization from the International Student Advisor is a violation of visa status
  • Online unit requirements: If you enroll in at least 9 units of in-person classes, you may enroll in 3 or more units of online-only classes. If your online-only class is 4 units or more, you may only count 3 of those units toward your full course minimum.
    • For example, if you have 3 classes of 4 units each, and one is online-only, an undergraduate student will need to enroll in at least one more unit of an in-person class.
    • A class is considered in-person if the entire class is required to meet in person at least once during the quarter, such as an in-person class meeting or to take exams in person. If you are unsure whether your classes will have a required in-person component, please reach out to your instructor(s) directly.
  • Students in their final quarter 
    • Do not need to be enrolled full-time and can enroll in only courses needed to graduate
    • If they are enrolled in only one class, it must be an in-person class, thesis class, or graduate continuation class.
  • Students wanting to apply for OPT must be physically present in the U.S. throughout their final quarter.
As always, we are happy to help with any questions that may come up along the way.