All F1 international students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours each term. Failure to maintain full-time enrollment without prior approval is a violation of your F1 status.
In order to maintain full-time status, you must complete at least 12 credit hours each semester with a performance grade (A, B, C, etc.). 'WX', 'I', 'WQ', and other markings are not performance grades. Failure to finish the 12 credit hours with performance grades is a violation of full-time student status.
Students who arrive in fall or spring are not required to enroll in summer courses. If your first term of study is the summer semester, you must enroll in at least 6 credit hours for the first summer session that runs from May to late June/early July, and then another 6 hours for the second summer session from early July to early August.
Exceptions to the full-time rule
To enroll part-time, you must obtain written permission from the International Center. You may enroll for fewer than 12 credit hours if you meet one of these criteria:
- Entering your last term of study before graduation, and need fewer than 12 hours to complete degree requirements;
- Prevented from attending class by illness or a medical condition, documented by a licensed medical professional; or
- Facing academic difficulties due to circumstances beyond your control, such as being enrolled in the wrong class by mistake. This must be documented by the professor in a letter.
Each situation is reviewed confidentially and on a case-by-case basis.
All F1 students must submit an official degree plan by the 2nd semester of studies at NLC. Failure to submit an official degree plan or declare a major after the first term may cause immigration status problems, and will make completing your degree harder.
International students attending college on a visa have an obligation to move forward with their degree plan every semester. You can review your academic progress at any time by making an appointment with an advisor in our office. We can also help ensure you are placed in the correct courses.
Understanding your grades and progress
If you’re having issues with grades, don’t know if you can pass a class, or are told that you are on probation, talk to us immediately. The sooner you ask, the better we can help.