How to Reduce Course Load

Follow these steps:

  • Make sure your academic counselor agrees that a reduced course load is necessary
  • Complete your Reduce Course Load Form and have your academic counselor endorse it 
  • Submit your form to your international advisor (with all supporting documentation)

Reduced Course Load Form

Reasons to Reduce Course Load

Valid reasons for reduced course load that will not negatively affect your visa status are as follows:

Placement into improper course level
First semester only

Difficulty with English language or reading requirements

Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods and requirements

Last semester only

Less than a full course load required to finish your degree program

Per medical documentation and permission

An approved medical reason for reduced course load