As an F-1 student, you must enroll in a full course load each semester until you receive your degree, except when you need less than a full course load to complete your degree requirements during your final term of study. You are not required to register for the summer session unless it will be the first term of your program of study.
Federal regulations allow you to enroll less than full-time or to withdraw from a class(es) during a given semester in extremely limited circumstances; however, you must obtain approval from an ISSS advisor beforehand. See our information on reduced courseload authorization for more details.
You are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during official university breaks and vacations. Prior to beginning employment, you must apply for a Social Security number. Please see our section on employment for more information.
You must ensure that your U.S. phone number(s) and local U.S. and permanent home country addresses are always accurate in Emory's records. DHS requires you to update your address within 10 days of any change. To meet these federally mandated requirements, please follow the instructions for updating address changes at Emory.
You must notify ISSS of any change in your academic program, including changes in program level, major, or leave of absence. If you want to transfer to another institution, you must complete the procedures listed in our section on transfering from Emory.
If you will not complete your program of study the program end date on your form I-20, you must request an extension prior to that date. Contact your advisor at least 30 days prior to the end of your program to ensure timely processing. Please see our section on extending your program for more information.
Following the completion of your program of study, you have a 60-day "grace period" within which you should either leave the U.S. or do one of the following: