Full-Time Enrollment

You must enroll full-time every semester. Dropping below full-time without authorization from International Student Services (ISS) is a violation of your immigration status. If you drop without prior authorization, your SEVIS record could be terminated and you may be required to leave the U.S. If your academic or faculty advisor recommends that you drop below full-time it is your responsibility to check with ISS before making any changes to your schedule. 

Read the information in the tabs below to learn more about full-time enrollment requirements. To request a Full-Time Enrollment Exemption or Graduate Coursework Completion, submit the applicable e-form in UA International.

Undergraduate Students

Enroll in a minimum of 12 units (credits) every fall and spring semester. Winter and summer courses do not count toward full-time enrollment.

After the first day of the semester, a hold in UAccess will prevent you from dropping below 12 units. Use the swap function to change your schedule if needed.
 

What classes count toward full-time enrollment?

Audit (registration status allowing you to attend a course without receiving credit): Does not count toward full-time enrollment. Enroll above and beyond 12 units.

Correspondence: Does not count toward full-time enrollment. Enroll above and beyond 12 units.

Hybrid: Counts toward full-time enrollment.

Independent Study: Counts toward full-time enrollment for degree-seeking students. Exchange students can only count three units toward full-time enrollment, and should submit a copy of the independent study plan to ISS.

In-Person: Counts toward full-time enrollment.

Online: Only one class or three units count toward full-time enrollment. You cannot solely take online courses during your final semester or term, including summer and winter. This requirement also applies to students approved for a Full-Time Enrollment Exemption during the fall and spring semester. Exchange students cannot count online classes toward full-time enrollment. 

Normal Progress

You must make normal progress toward completing your degree. The minimum grade point average (GPA) that you need to maintain good standing is 2.0. Some majors may require a higher minimum GPA. Talk to your academic advisor to learn more about the course and GPA requirements for your major.
 

Summer/Winter Enrollment

You are not required to enroll in classes during the summer or winter unless you are beginning or ending your program during one of those terms.

If you begin your program in the summer, you must enroll in a minimum of six in-person units (three in-person units in each summer session) to maintain your status. 

If you are completing your program during the summer or winter, you must enroll in at least one in-person class during your final term.  For example, if you complete your degree during summer session II, you must register for at least one unit of in-person coursework during summer II. If you cannot enroll for in-person units during your final term due to class availability, you must come to International Student Services (ISS) to meet with an international student advisor before your final term begins.
 

Final Semester

Keep in mind the following requirements for enrollment during your final semester or term at the UA:

  • If you are completing during the fall or spring semester and have been approved for a Full-Time Enrollment Exemption, you can only enroll in one class or 3 units of online coursework.

  • If you are completing during summer or winter, you must enroll for at least one in-person class. That means that if you only need an online class to complete your degree, you must enroll in a second class so you have in-person units. It also means that if you receive a grade of “incomplete” for a class, you cannot remain in the U.S. for additional semesters to finish the requirements without enrolling.

  • You cannot use GRO in your final semester if it is your only class and you do not need to receive a higher grade for the class in order to earn your diploma.
     

Apply for a Full-Time Enrollment Exemption

If you need less than 12 units in your last semester, submit the Full-Time Enrollment Exemption e-form in UA International before the start of your final semester. You can only enroll in one class or 3 units of online coursework.

In the e-form, you will be asked to provide the name and email address for your academic advisor. The advisor you indicate will receive an email with a link to UA International, so he or she can provide information about your degree completion date and the remaining classes required for your degree. If you have more than one major, you must also submit the Secondary Advisor Information e-form.

Normal processing time for ISS is 5 business days, from the date your academic advisor(s) submits the advisor portion of the e-form in UA International.

If you do not graduate in the semester for which you were approved, you may be out of status.
 

Concurrent Enrollment

You may be able to take classes at Pima Community College that count toward your University of Arizona degree. If you want to take classes at Pima during the fall and spring semester, you must be enrolled full-time at the UA. Follow the steps below to request approval from ISS. If you are a sponsored student, you must meet with Marie Willard to determine your eligibility.
 

Apply for Concurrent Enrollment:
  1. Meet with your academic advisor to decide which classes to take at Pima. Your academic advisor must sign the Concurrent Enrollment Form before you submit it to ISS.

  2. Submit the Concurrent Enrollment Form to ISS. Normal processing time is three-five business days. We will send you an email to notify you if your request is approved. Do not try to register at Pima until you receive an approval email from ISS.

  3. Register for classes after you receive the approval email from ISS. If this is your first time taking classes at Pima, you must apply at the Pima West Campus before you can register. Bring your immigration documents and transcripts when you apply. If you have already applied to Pima, you can register at any campus location.

Graduate Students

Enroll in a minimum of 9 units (credits) every fall and spring semester.  If you have an assistantship, you must enroll in a minimum of 6 units every fall and spring semester. Winter and summer courses do not count toward full-time enrollment. 

Some departments may require you to register for more units. Register for the highest number required.
 

Enrollment After You Have Completed Your Coursework

If you have completed all your required coursework, you may be eligible to enroll in only 3 units of 900-level thesis/master’s report/dissertation/recital and be considered full-time. This exemption must be approved by ISS.

If you have completed all your required coursework and the minimum required units of 900-level thesis/master’s report/dissertation/recital, you may be eligible to enroll in only 1 unit and be considered full-time. This exemption must be approved by the Office of the Registrar.  Submit the Application for Advanced Status to the Office of the Registrar before the first day of the semester.
 

Apply for Graduate Coursework Completion

Submit the Graduate Coursework Completion e-form in UA International before the start of the applicable semester.   

In the e-form, you will be asked to provide the name and email address for your academic advisor. The advisor you indicate will receive an email with a link to UA International, so he or she can provide information about your degree completion date and when you completed your required coursework or coursework and 900-level thesis/master's report/dissertation/recital units.

Normal processing time for ISS is 10 business days, from the date your academic advisor(s) submits the advisor portion of the e-form in UA International.

Enrolling in fewer units may affect your eligibility to receive university funding, assistantships and student wages.  Check with your department for more information.
 

What classes count toward full-time enrollment?

Audit (registration status allowing you to attend a course without receiving credit): Do not count towards full-time enrollment. Enroll above and beyond full-time.

Correspondence: Do not count toward full-time enrollment. Enroll above and beyond full-time.

Hybrid: Count toward full-time enrollment.

Independent Study: Count toward full-time enrollment for degree-seeking students. Exchange students can only count 3 units toward full-time enrollment, and should submit a copy of the independent study plan to ISS.​

In-Person: Count toward full-time enrollment.

Online: Only one class or 3 units count toward full-time enrollment. This requirement also applies to students approved for a Full-Time Enrollment Exemption during the fall and spring semester. You cannot take only online courses during your final semester or term, including summer and winter. Exchange students cannot count online classes toward full-time enrollment.

Undergraduate Courses: May count if your department requires you take the class. Meet with an international student advisor for more information.
 

Normal Progress

You must make normal progress towards completing your degree. The minimum grade point average (GPA) that you need to maintain good standing is 3.0. Some majors may require a higher minimum GPA. Talk to your academic advisor to learn more about the course and GPA requirements for your major.
 

Summer/Winter Enrollment

You are not required to enroll in classes during the summer or winter unless you are beginning or ending your program during one of those terms.

If you begin your program in the summer, you must enroll in a minimum of 6 units to maintain your status.  

If you are master’s student completing your program during the summer or winter, you must enroll in at least one in-person class during your final term.  For more information, read the Continuous Enrollment Policy on the Graduate College website.

If you are a doctoral student completing your program during the summer or winter, you are not required to enroll for any units if you have already completed your coursework and the required 900-level dissertation units. Enrollment may be required if you need library privileges. For more information, read the Continuous Enrollment Policy on the Graduate College website.
 

Final Semester

Keep in mind the following requirements for enrollment during your final semester or term at the UA:

  • Masters students must enroll in at least one in-person unit in your final semester or term. 

  • If you receive a grade of “incomplete” for a class, you cannot remain in the U.S. for additional semesters to finish the requirements without enrolling.

  • If you have been approved for a Full-Time Enrollment Exemption during the spring or fall semester, you can only take 1 class or 3 units of online coursework.
     

Apply for a Full-Time Enrollment Exemption

If you need less than the units normally required for full-time enrollment in your last semester, submit the Full-Time Enrollment Exemption e-form in UA International before the start of your final semester. You can only take 1 class or 3 units of online coursework.

In the e-form, you will be asked to provide the name and email address for your academic advisor. The advisor you indicate will receive an email with a link to UA International, so he or she can provide information about your degree completion date and the remaining classes required for your degree. If you have more than one major, you must also submit the Secondary Advisor Information e-form.

Normal processing time for ISS is 5 business days, from the date your academic advisor(s) submits the advisor portion of the e-form in UA International.

If you do not graduate in the semester for which you were approved, you may be out of status.

Exemptions to Full-Time Enrollment

You can be exempted from full-time enrollment if you meet one of the conditions below and receive prior approval from International Student Services (ISS).

Last Semester

If you need less than the units normally required for full-time enrollment in your last semester, submit the Full-Time Enrollment Exemption e-form in UA International before the semester begins. You can only take 1 class or 3 units of online coursework.

In the e-form, you will be asked to provide the name and email address for your academic advisor. The advisor you indicate will receive an email with a link to UA International, so he or she can provide information about your degree completion date and the remaining classes required for your degree. If you have more than one major, you must also submit the Secondary Advisor Information e-form.

Normal processing time for ISS is 5 business days, from the date your academic advisor(s) submits the advisor portion of the e-form in UA International.

If you do not graduate in the semester for which you were approved, you may be out of status.
 

Medical Conditions

If you cannot attend classes due to a severe illness or injury, contact ISS to request an exemption. You must submit a letter from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or a licensed clinical psychologist. You are eligible for up to 12 months of medical reduced course load per degree level.  You must apply for an exemption each semester.
 

Academic Difficulty

If you are having severe difficulty understanding classroom lectures due to lack of proper English and/or reading skills, unfamiliarity with American teaching methods or improper course level placement, you may be authorized for a reduced course load. You must submit a letter from your academic advisor explaining why the exemption is needed.

Exemptions for academic difficulty are normally approved during your first semester, and only once per degree level. If approved, you must register for a minimum of 6 units. For more information meet with an international student advisor.