Exceptions to the Full-Time Enrollment Requirement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all F-1 students to maintain a full course of study every semester. Undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units. Graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 8 units. IESC is required to report student enrollment information to the DHS each semester.

Only under special extenuating circumstances that fall within USCIS regulations and result in your inability to maintain full time enrollment this semester, you may submit a completed Part-Time Request Form and supporting documents (if applicable) to IESC for review. The deadline to submit the Part-Time Request Form to IESC is the week before the last add/drop deadline of each semester. Failure to submit requests by this deadline will affect your student immigration status.

If you need drop below the full course requirement because of an academic difficulty, a medical/illness condition, or this is your final semester at CSUN, then please come to the IESC to discuss your case with a Foreign Student Advisor.