All international students in F-1/J-1 status are required to maintain a full course load of study during each semester in order to remain in compliance with their non-immigrant status. Illinois State University requires a 12 credit hour minimum for undergraduates and a 9 credit hour minimum for graduate students for the fall and spring semesters.
If the summer semester is your first or last semester at ISU, it is not considered a vacation period and you must be enrolled full-time. A full course load for the summer consists of a minimum of 6 credit hours.
To drop below full-time enrollment, F-1/J-1 students must be granted permission by an International Advisor prior to reducing their course load. Please refer to the chart below for acceptable reasons for approving a reduced course load, which are stipulated by the US Code of Federal Regulations.
Students engaging in a reduced course load will need to contact the Student Insurance Office to ensure that they are still covered by Illinois State student insurance.
For students with:
For students with an illness or medical condition. They must:
For students who will graduate this semester and taking the last remaining course(s) needed to complete degree. They must: