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Full Course of Study, Reduced Course Load, and Full-Time Equivalent

International students on F-1 visas are required to maintain full-time enrollment status during the fall and spring semesters. Legitimate exceptions to this requirement may be available through a Reduced Course Load (RCL) or Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) authorization. These two exceptions are used for different reasons.

The RCL authorization is for a student who cannot enroll full-time due to academic difficulty, completion of course of study or for an illness or medical condition. FTE is only for use by a graduate student in pre-candidacy or degree candidacy. Requests for these authorizations are made by students, with the help of their advisors or other school and college-based representatives.

For more information about these authorizations, please click the links below.

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