In order to verify enrollment in full-time study, the USCIS now checks each F-1 student's record shortly after the beginning of each semester. For graduate programs, full-time study is defined as nine credits per semester in the Spring and Fall and, if required by the program, six hours in the Summer. Employment as a GTA or GRA may effect the course load requirment.
Graduate and GTA/GRA Full Time Equivalent:
Fall and Spring semesters: 6 Credit hours, regardless of percentage of appointment
Summer semester: 3 Credit hours, regardless of percentage of appointment
For undergraduate programs, full-time study equals 12 credits per semester in the Spring and Fall and, if required by the program, nine hours in the Summer.
Please note that web based courses may count up to a three-credit maximum towards meeting the full-time study requirement. Approval of online coursework or distance education should be obtained from the Office of International Programs prior to registering for the course or courses.