Full Course of Study Defined

USCIS regulations state that students must be enrolled in a full course of study each fall and spring semester. Enrollment in summer classes is not required unless your initial entry document (I-20 or DS-2019) indicates you are to begin your program in a summer session. You must be enrolled during that first summer semester, the minimum number of credit hours required is listed below.

Full Course of Study

Fall and Spring Semesters

Summer Semester (only required if summer is your first semester at K-State.)

Undergraduates

A minimum of 12 credit hours

A minimum of 6 credit hours

Graduate Students with no Assistantship

A minimum of 9 credit hours

A minimum of 5 credit hours

Graduate Students with Assistantship of .4 or above

A minimum of 6 credit hours

A minimum of 3 credit hours

English Language Program

A minimum of 18 credit hours

A minimum of 18 credit hours

There are very few exceptions to these full-course of study requirements.

For example: Students in their last semester before graduation can be authorized for a reduced course load.  If you are a graduate student with an assistantship, you must maintain the 6 credit hour minimum. Exceptions can also be made for medical reasons, improper course level placement, and initial difficulties with the language.

According to regulations, a student must have prior approval from an International Student Advisor in International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) before dropping below a full course of study. The Reduced Course Load Approval Form must be completed and submitted to the ISSS prior to the beginning of the semester you intend to be in less than a full course of study.  If a student drops below full time without prior approval from an advisor at the ISSS the student will be considered out of status. This approval can only be obtained at the ISSS. If this is the case or you have additional questions, please come to the ISSS Office.

It is very important that you stay enrolled in a full course of study. If you feel you must drop below a full course of study for any reason, make an appointment with an International Student Advisor at the ISSS IMMEDIATELY.

Distance Education Courses: Only one class, 3 credit hours, of distance education can be counted towards the full-course of study requirement.