In general, F-1 students must be registered full-time. This is defined as at least:
- 12 credits each semester for undergraduate students
- 9 credits each semester for graduate students
Only one online class (3 credit hour) may count towards the minimum credit amount each semester. According to the F-1 regulations, an online class is one that "does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class.” Therefore, any course that has some sort of physical attendance requirement, such as for a lecture, exam, or faculty meeting is not considered fully online for visa status purposes.
Do not register for fewer than the required number of credits or withdraw from a course without first receiving permission from ISS. Part-time studies could jeopardize your stay in the U.S. and make you ineligible for F-1 benefits.
If summer is your first semester at NSU or first semester in a new academic program, you must register full-time. Summer is considered vacation time if it is not your first or last semester, and you are not required to take classes for immigration purposes.
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