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To remain in status, you need to enroll in a full course load for at least 3 quarters in a year (Fall, Winter, Spring). For undergraduate students, this means enrolling in at least 12 credit hours. For graduate students, this means you must enroll in at least 10 credit hours in a quarter. You may only take one online course towards your full-time course load requirement.*
There are exceptions to the full-time enrollment rule. If you meet one of the below exceptions, you may be approved for a reduced course load (RCL) from our office. In order to be approved for RCL, you will need to complete the RCL form, and submit it to SEVIS@cwu.edu for review.
Students who have a pending change of status (COS) application, should maintain the visa requirements of the visa status they are changing from while their application is being processed.’
As a graduate student, if you have completed all the required coursework for your program, and are solely enrolled in thesis work, the thesis enrollment counts as full-time enrollment for the F-1 visa.
*Since March 2020, the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has allowed an exception to the number of online classes international students are permitted to take each quarter due to COVID-19. On May 31, 2022, DHS released new guidance stating the online exception has only been extended under certain circumstances in which a school is still unable to offer in-person courses. Therefore this is the new guidance all F1 visa international students must adhere to:
The June 2022 issue of the Office of International Studies and Programs' newsletter, The GlCWU Faculty Members Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
By Rune Torgersen Central Washington University Associate Professor of Geography Elvin Delgado,2022 Globalization Appreciation Reception Recap
The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) hosted nearly 100 attendees at the 2022 Glob