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Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements

  • During the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), international students in J-1 non-immigrant status must either be enrolled full-time or receive permission from the CIE for a reduced course load
  • The deadline for meeting the full-time registration requirement is the end of the add/drop period as published in Important Dates.
  • If you are not registered full-time by the deadline, your SEVIS record will be terminated and you will lose your J-1 status. There is no grace period to remain in the U.S. following status termination.
  • For most students, the academic year is Fall and Spring Semesters, while Summer is considered the vacation term. During the academic year, in general, the minimum full-time enrollment for international students is as follows:
Enrollment Requirements
Enrollment Requirements
Undergraduate Students 12 units per semester
Graduate Students 8 units per semester
Note: You must be registered full-time during your first term of admission. If admitted to begin during Summer, you must be full-time during that first Summer term.
  • Credit/No Credit classes count towards full time enrollment.
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