Full-Time Enrollment Requirements
As an F-1 student, you must be enrolled and actively participating in at least 12 credits each fall and spring semester. Keep the following in mind to ensure full-time enrollment:
- Only degree credit courses count toward full-time enrollment.
- At least 9 of the 12 credits must be “in person” courses with the instructor. There is a limit of only 3 online credits per semester, unless you enroll in more than 12 credits total.
- Enrollment alone is not sufficient to maintain valid visa status. You must also actively participate in class for the duration of the course and make satisfactory academic progress.
Dropping a Class or Enrolling Less than Full Time
Taking fewer than 12 credits without obtaining prior authorization from the Center for International Education (CIE) will result in a visa violation and loss of legal visa status. CIE places a hold on student records one week after the start of each fall and spring semester. The hold prevents dropping classes without permission. This hold will show in your MyMadisonCollege Student Account as “Must Remain Full Time.”
For permission to drop a class (even if you will remain enrolled full-time) or for permission to take less than 12 credits, submit your request via the ISS Portal.
Warning: Visa Violation Likely for Poor Class Attendance
Active participation for the duration of the course is required. If you do not attend regularly, stop attending, or never attend a class you may be given a grade of “WNA” (Withdrawn due to Non-Attendance). This could result in loss of legal visa status if the withdrawal causes fewer than 12 credits of enrollment. Solution: attend class regularly and for the entire duration of the class!
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