As an international exchange or direct enroll student, you must register for a minimum of 12 units (undergraduate students) or 9 units (graduate students). Never drop below these minimums or you will fall "out-of-status" with immigration regulations & could risk visa problems, including losing your tuition waiver if you are here on exchange. However, you are welcome to take more than 12 units (undergraduate) or 9 units (graduate). It is common for undergraduate students to take 15 units during a semester. For immigration questions, you can always contact International Student Services, who oversee your J-1 or F-1 student visa.
Exchange and direct enroll students will register for classes during International Student Orientation in Tucson after their arrival. Unfortunately, there is NO pre-registration before the orientation. To be ready to register, you should prepare a long list of classes (about 8-9) that you are interested in taking. Your acceptance packet will include a course planning worksheet. You can find a current list of classes by searching the Schedule of Classes. If you have specific questions for a department, you can contact an Academic Advisor.
- Undergraduate exchange and direct enroll students cannot take classes in any business department (including Accounting, Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Retail & Consumer Science) or visual communications (graphic design/illustration/typography). Likewise, the professional programs of Nursing and Pharmacy do not permit exchange or direct enroll students to take any of their courses.
- There are two exceptions to the business classes policy:
- Students may register for Global Business courses, BNAD 449 (offered in fall), BNAD 450 (offered in spring), and BNAD 201 (offered in fall).
- Students can take BNAD 301, 302, and 303, however, these courses are almost always at capacity and priority goes to graduating seniors. Students will have to attend on the first day of class to try to get a seat.
- Some programs may require a portfolio or an audition before advanced coursework can be taken (e.g. Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Media Arts, Music, Dance, and Architecture).
- Engineering students should demonstrate success in major related courses, especially in their most recent coursework. Students that meet minimum entrance requirements are still subject to an admission decision by the College of Engineering.
- Graduate exchange and direct enroll students wishing to take business courses are not guaranteed admission, as the MBA program is highly selective. Please look carefully at the Admissions Profile to see if you would be a competitive candidate. Graduate business students should plan to come to the University of Arizona after completing at least 1 year of graduate business studies.
- Graduate exchange and direct enroll students are not allowed to focus on research at the University of Arizona. Graduate students that wish to conduct research should come to the UA through the Office of International Faculty & Scholars. Graduate students wishing to do research at the UA must be sponsored by a UA faculty member.
Exchange and direct enroll students must abide by the following Academic Guidelines:
- Graduate students must enroll in graduate-level classes (500 level and above) and undergraduate students must enroll in undergraduate-level classes (100, 200, 300 & 400 level).
- All classes must be taken for a grade, meaning you must receive an A - E letter grade. Pass/fail classes cannot be taken by exchange and direct enroll students.
- Exchange and direct enroll students cannot enroll in the following classes as part of their minimum full-time registration: thesis, dissertation, research, internship, practicum, supplementary registration, independent studies, web-based or correspondence classes. Students must enroll in a full-time schedule of classroom-based courses.
- Exchange and direct enroll students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduates and 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduates. A GPA below 2.0 may result in termination of the program. Here is a link to understanding how to calculate a GPA.
- Full academic year exchange and direct enroll students must have the GPAs noted above to stay a second semester. If you are struggling in your classes, there are many resources to help you succeed, including the Think Tank, math tutoring, and CESL tutoring.