International Students must NOT drop below a full course of study after classes have begun without prior authorization from the International Student Counselor. "Full- time" means 12 credits per semester. A student who is authorized for a reduced course load must enroll in least 6 credit hours.
Acceptable reasons for reduced credit load include:
Students who experience academic difficulties (for example: unfamiliarity with American teaching methods or English language difficulties). A student is allowed to drop below a full-time for academic difficulties only once during their degree program. Documentation from the academic advisor is required.
Students in their final semester of study need only to register for the credit hours required to complete the degree. Documentation from the faculty advisor is required.
Students who have a medical problem can reduce their credit load or take the semester off. Documentation from a licensed medical doctor or psychologist is required.
Remember: Only the International Student Counselor has the authority to authorize a reduced credit load! This approval must be obtained before dropping below full-time status.