International Student Services

Enrollment Requirements

International students are required to be enrolled in a certain number of credit hours to maintain your Visa status. You must be a full time student (12 or more credits) to maintain your F-1 nonimmigrant status.

Requests to drop below a Full Course Load

There are situations in which a student can register for less than the required number of credits hours.

If you need to drop below the required number of credit hours for medical reasons, the first step for you will be to meet with the international program office advisor before completing the Part-Time Request Form for Medical Reasons.

Summer Session Enrollment:

  • International students who were enrolled at CSI during the Spring semester and plan to continue the following Fall semester are not required to enroll during the Summer semester.
  • If the summer semester is your first semester at CSI and a summer start date is on your I-20 or DS-2019, then you must enroll for credits during the summer semester.

Online Courses:

Only three online credits may be counted toward your full-time enrollment requirements. For example, if a student wants to take 6 credits online, he/she must still take 9 credits in a classroom. Therefore, s/he will take 15 credits, but only 12 will count toward the Immigration requirements.