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. Graduate students are also considered to be enrolled full-time if they are taking a minimum of 1 credit in a 499/599 (thesis) course.
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.
International students in F-1/J-1 status wishing to drop a course after the 10th day of classes, must first request permission from ISSS by completing the Request to Drop Course form. If you are granted permission to drop, you will be copied on the email sent to the Registrar notifying them of the approval. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.
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: