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All F-1 students must pursue a full-time course of study unless otherwise specifically authorized by the ISO. The ISO may authorize a reduction in coursework for the following reasons:

  • Medical condition
  • Initial difficulty with the English language
  • Initial difficulty with reading requirements
  • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods
  • Improper course level placement
  • Fewer courses are needed to complete full course of study (only possible in final term)

The ISO must approve of any drop below full-time. Full-time status for undergraduates is 12 credit/hours per semester. Full-time status for graduate students is 12 credit/hours per semester; full time in summer required (6 credit hours) if this is the students' first or last semester of enrollment.

Please Notify Us

  • Students studying abroad should contact the ISO before departing on a study abroad program.
  • Students who do not plan to return to UVA should contact the ISO before departing.
  • Students who plan to take a non-resident leave from UVA must contact the ISO before taking such a leave.
  • Students engaging in research abroad must contact the ISO before departing.