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Rules and Regulations of F-1 Status

Valid Passport

Passport must not expire at any time while a student is in the United States.
Begin process of renewing passport six months in advance as a general rule.


  • 12 credit per term minimum
  • 24 credit per year for undergraduate programs


Must always be pre-approved by a DSO.

The most common exceptions are:

  • Pre-approved medical exception (must be approved by a DSO)
  • Language barrier exception (must be approved by a DSO)
  • Program completion (less than 12 credits to complete)
  • Pre-approved vacation semester (available after meeting 2 terms at full-time, approval required)