Enrollment Requirements

Hybrid courses or online courses (distance learning courses)

  1. These are courses in which the student receives the majority of instruction in a way other than face to face.  F-1 and J-1 students must enroll in a minimum number of face to face courses each semester, in order to meet the full time enrollment requirement.  Face to face courses provide the “physical presence” required to maintain status. 
  2. Guidelines:
  • Graduate students must take at least 6 credit hours of face to face courses, out of the 9 required credits each non-vacation semester.
  • Undergraduate students must take at least 9 credit hours of face to face courses, out of the 12 required credits each non-vacation semester.
  • The remainder of the hours required to meet full-time enrollment may be distance learning courses.
  • If a student is in their final semester with only one course left, that course MUST be a face to face course.
  • Students may take ONE hybrid class per semester that will satisfy the face to face requirement.

Concurrent enrollment

  1. An F-1 student at WSU may enroll concurrently at another SEVP-certified college or university.
  2. Guidelines:
  • A Reduced/Concurrent Enrollment Form must be completed and submitted to ISSC
  • Undergraduate students must be registered for at least 9 face-to-face credit hours at WSU, and graduate students must be registered for at least 6 face-to-face credits, during all the terms of concurrent enrollment,
  • The combined credits for which a student is enrolled must be equivalent to a full-course of study or full-time equivalent at WSU
  • Courses taken must be approved, transferrable credits to WSU that contribute to the student’s program of study.
  • Students who wish to be admitted or enrolled in full time classes at another institution other than WSU need to request a transfer to the new institution.

Reduced course load

  1. In order to maintain their immigration status, international students on F-1 and J-1 visas are required, by US immigration regulations, to be enrolled full-time during fall and spring semester.
  • Undergraduate students – 12 credit hours
  • Master’s graduate students – 9 credit hours
  1. Students who do not intend to take a full course load must get prior approval from ISSC before registering for less than full-time hours or dropping below full-time.  Students who qualify for a reduced course load should complete the Reduced Course Load Request Form.
     
  2. Reasons to request a Reduced Course Load:
  • Initial difficulty with the English language
  • Initial difficulty with reading requirements
  • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods
  • Improper course level placement
  • Medical-must be recommended by a “licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist”
  1. Guidelines:
  • Requests must be submitted by the first week of classes for the requested semester.
  • Because the ISSC staff are not academic advisors, students must provide the required documentation, including signed information from an academic advisor, before approval is granted by the ISSC.
  • Graduate students who have completed and are registered for ONLY 6 thesis hours are considered full-time and do not need to complete the form
  • Graduate students awarded an assistantship, requiring 15 hours or more per week, may be eligible for a course reduction.  The ISSC will determine eligibility, based on a written agreement with each academic department.  If approved, students must complete a Reduced Course Load Request Form and provide a graduate assistantship contract/agreement from their department, in order to enroll in 6 credit hours.
  • An academic RCL is only allowed one semester per degree-level.
  • Students authorized for a reduced course load are not eligible for on-campus employment, unless the reduced course load is for completion of the degree in the final semester.

Annual vacation

Students must attend school full time for two consecutive semesters and plan on resuming attendance, before being eligible for annual summer vacation. The only exception is if students entered the U.S. to attend their first semester in the spring.  In this case, students can take the first summer semester as a vacation.  Students are required to return the following semester.