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Enrollment Requirements

  1. F-1 and J-1 degree-seeking students must enroll in and complete a full course load each Fall and Spring semester in order to maintain lawful immigration status.

  2. To complete a course means to earn a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F.

  3. Courses that begin in the middle of the semester will count toward your full-time enrollment only if you are enrolled in the course(s) at the beginning of the semester.

  4. There are limited reasons for under-enrollment. You must obtain permission from ISS BEFORE you drop a course.


Fall and Spring Terms

Undergraduate Students
  • must complete 12 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester
Graduate Students
  • must complete 9 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester
Graduate Students with Assistantships
  • A 0.25 assistantship (10 hour per week) ā€“ must complete 9 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester
  • A 0.50 assistantship (20 hours per week) ā€“ must complete 5 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester
  • Graduate students with on-campus employment that is not an assistantship through the Graduate College must complete 9 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.

Summer Term

If you are beginning a degree program in the Summer term, you must enroll in the minimum number of required credit hours listed below.  Your classes can be taken during any block of the Summer term. You must enroll in all of your required credit hours at the beginning of the Summer term.

Undergraduate

must complete 6 credit hours during the Summer term

Graduate

must complete 6 credit hours during the Summer term

Graduate with a 0.5 assistantship
must complete 3 credit hours during the Summer term

Online and Independent Study Courses

US immigration regulations limit international students to only ONE online/distance course per semester (the equivalent of 3 credit hours) that counts toward their minimum full-time enrollment requirement.

You can take more than one online course, but only 3 credit hours of online/distance coursework will count toward your full-time enrollment requirements.

If you are enrolled in your FINAL semester, you cannot be enrolled in online courses only. You must also be enrolled in at least one in-person course on campus.

I and N grades

A grade of ā€œIā€ (incomplete) must be resolved with your professor. Please consult your academic department for more information.

Auditing a course

Auditing a course does NOT count toward the full-time requirement.

Withdrawing from a course

Withdrawal from a course at ANY point in the semester does NOT count toward the full-time requirement.

You must COMPLETE (earn a grade of A, B, C, D, or F) the required number of credit hours every Fall and Spring semester to maintain your immigration status.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment Policy

To apply for concurrent enrollment (enrolling in classes at another institution in addition to OU courses), a student must be enrolled in the following number of in person credit hours at OU:

Minimum OU in person, credit hours needed
Undergraduate
9 hours
Graduate
6 hours
Graduate with 0.50 Assistantship
3 hours

Concurrent Enrollment Permission Request Form

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Reduced Courseload Request

US immigration regulations provide limited reasons for underenrollment; if you have a qualifying reason for being enrolled in less than the required number of hours, you must submit a completed Reduced Course Load form to the OU ISS office.

You can find the Reduced Course Load forms on the Forms page of our website.

If you have a medical reason for needing a Reduced Course Load, please email our office for the Medical RCL form.