There are some exceptions to the full time study rule. However, you must obtain special permission from OISS prior to reducing your course load.
If a student encounters academic difficulties due to:
To reduce your course load based on an academic exception you must have prior approval from your program and from OISS.
Complete the Reduced Course Load based on Academic Exception Request Form with signature by your Academic Dean.
Submit signed Reduced Course Load Request to an OISS advisor.
If a student needs less than full-time enrollment in the final semester of program to complete degree requirements.
This information will flow to OISS through the Student Information System reporting your final semester course load, so prior approval in most cases is not required. However, remember that once you are registered less than full time based on the final semester exception, no further I-20 extensions will be possible.
If a student has a temporary illness or medical condition that prevents full-time enrollment that interferes with full time study. A student is eligible for no more than an aggregate of 12 months during full course of study at a particular program level. Prior approval is required. You must submit the following to OISS: