Reduced Course Load Authorization

As an F-1 student, you are required to be enrolled in a full course load every semester. Enrollment for a reduced course load is only permitted under special circumstances. These include:

If you need to enroll in a reduced course load, you must obtain authorization from an international student advisor prior to withdrawing from a class or classes that would result in less that a full load.


To request a reduced course load for academic reasons (including final term):

The form will be routed to the indicated academic advisor or dean, and, once authorization has been given by ISSS, you will be notified via email that your new form I-20 is ready to be signed and picked up. ISSS requires five business days for processing. You may reduce your course load after you have received the new form I-20 showing that the reduction has been authorized.

Medical Reasons

To request a reduced course load for medical reasons:

You can only have a reduced course load for medical reasons for a total of up to 12 months during your program of study.

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