International Student Enrollment

F-1 and J-1 students have specific enrollment requirements regulated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is required by DHS to monitor these groups.

Other visa types may have visa restrictions regarding enrollment, but adherence is left up to the individual visa holder and not tracked by the ISSO.

General Requirements

  • Courses must apply to the degree listed on the I-20.
  • No semester can be made up solely of pre-requisites.
  • In any required semester, enrollment must cover the full term (all courses cannot be in one 5- or 8-week session).
  • Correct number of credit hours and method of instruction.

In Absentia

In absentia registration for graduation allows students who have completed all degree requirements but need more time to complete administrative requirements, such as submission of dissertation copies, to file for graduation in a future term without enrollment in that term.  Unfortunately, immigration regulations do not allow for this situation. F-1 and J-1 students must continue to be full-time enrolled or make program completion preparations, such as applying for OPT, even if their academic department has granted an in absentia filing. For more information about in absentia, see your undergraduate or graduate catalog.

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