International students in F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status must take enough credits each semester to maintain full-time enrollment.
Only three online credits may be counted toward a student’s full-time enrollment requirements. Each student is required to have a minimum number of credit hours taken in the classroom, as shown below:
|Total credits needed||Maximum online credits||Minimum classroom credits|
|Graduate (without assistantship)||9||3||6|
|Graduate (with assistantship)||6||3||3|
To request a reduced course load, submit a Reduced Course Load form to the International Center before dropping below the minimum credit requirements. Please refer to the enrollment guidelines chart for more information.
The classes a student takes at another school will count toward the full-time enrollment requirement at MU as long as the student submits a Reduced Course Load form with confirmation of enrollment at the other school.
If you are dropping or withdrawing from a course during the semester, you must first receive permission from the International Center if the drop or withdrawal causes you to fall below a full course load. To drop or withdraw, follow these additional steps:
*Graduate students with assistantships or graduate students who have passed their comprehensive exams may not be required to have the reduced course load form, but will still need to come to walk-in advising to get the dropping a course form if they will be dropping below nine credit hours for the semester.
Published by the International Center, N52 Memorial Union, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 | Phone: 573-882-6007 | Fax: 573-882-3223
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