J-1 Enrollment Requirements

J-1 students are required to enroll in full-time coursework during fall and spring semesters:

  • Undergraduates = 12 credit hours
  • Graduates = 9 credit hours
  • Summer is optional unless it is your first semester at UT Dallas.

All courses must apply to your degree to be counted toward the full-time requirement:

  • Unlike F-1 students, J-1 students may not count online courses toward the full-time requirement.
  • You cannot take all the full-time requirement hours as pre-requisite courses.
  • At least one of your full-time requirement courses must cover the full 16-week session.
  • If it is your last semester and you lack only one class to complete your degree, that course cannot be taken online.
  • Not enrolling in enough hours, dropping below full-time during the semester or taking too many online courses are all F-1/J-1 violations that can lead to the termination of your visa status.

J-1 Students - Alternative ways to meet the full-time enrollment requirements:

  • Authorized reduced enrollment for medical or academic reasons - Authorization must be issued by an international student advisor prior to reducing enrollment.
  • Graduating semester - Apply for graduation or submit a Reduced Enrollment Form to the International Student Services Office (ISSO) by Census Day of your final semester.

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