Florida Gulf Coast University
International Services Office
Reduced Course Load Request for F-1 Students
For International Services Office Use Only
Check one: Approved Denied
Number of Hours Approved:________
Immigration Adviser/DSO Signature: _____________________________________________________ Date: _________________________________
Immigration Regulation: 8CFR214.2 (F)(6)(iii) Reduced Course Load
“The designated school official [DSO] may allow an F-1 student to engage in less than a full course of study… Except as otherwise noted, a reduced
course load must consist of at least six semester …or half the clock hours required for a full course of study [Undergraduates 6 hours; Graduates 4.5
hours]. A student who drops below a full course of study without the prior approval of the DSO will be considered out of status.”
FGCU/International Services Reduced Course Load Instructions
• International students on F-1 visas who do not intend to take a full course load (Undergraduate 12 hours; Graduate 9 hours) must get prior approval
from International Services before registering for below full-time for Fall, Spring, or the first semester in a new program.
• If approved for a reduced course load, students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits at FGCU (except for a medical condition/ or taking final
• Requests should be submitted by the first week of classes for the requested semester.
• A new Reduced Course Load Request form must be submitted each semester of less than full-time enrollment.
• Unless the reduced course load is for completion of the degree in the final semester or the student is cross enrolled, students authorized for a
reduced course load are not eligible for on-campus employment.
You do not need to complete this form if the following applies:
• You are authorized for full-time curricular practical training (CPT) or optional practical training following completion of your degree (OPT).
• You are a graduate student who has completed all course work and are registered for ONLY thesis or dissertation hours.
Last/Family Name: _____________________________First Name: __________________________ Middle Name: __________________________
Apt. # City State ZIP
SEVIS Number: ___________________________ FGCU ID#: ________________________
Home Phone #:__________________________ Cell Phone #: ___________________________Work Phone #:___________________________
Education Level: Bachelor Master Doctoral Other (Specify):____________________
Student Signature: ___________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________________
Directions: Please fill out the form completely, carefully read the descriptions, and provide the required documentation. All forms will be considered
incomplete unless approved by an advisor at International Services.
Semester of Reduced Course Load: ________________ Year: __________
Reason (check only one):
Completion of Program (Final Semester): YOU MUST GRADUATE TO MAINTAIN YOUR STATUS. Requires advisor/department approval on
back of form.
Unfamiliarity with US teaching methods in the first semester of study in the USA: Requires advisor/department approval on back of form.
Difficulty with English language in the first semester of study in the USA: Requires advisor/dept approval on back of form.
Improper course level placement: Requires advisor/department approval on back of form.
Medical condition: Provide official medical documentation stating the nature of the serious medical condition, the reason the reduced course load is
necessary, and how many hours may be taken during that semester. This documentation must be on the physician's or practitioner's letterhead and
must include their contact information. If the problem continues or returns, a reduced course load for medical reasons must be requested prior to
enrollment each semester. Only up to a maximum of 12 months per degree level is allowed. **NOTE: Zero hours are allowed if clearly
recommended by the licensed medical professional; only medical practitioners listed below may provide documentation. Please check what
type of medical professional provided your letter:
Licensed Medical Doctor Doctor of Osteopathy Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Cross Enrollment: Provide proof of enrollment that includes the student’s name, number of hours and specific semester of registration.
Undergraduates must take at least half of the hours required for full-time enrollment [6 hours] at FGCU. Completion of this form does not
guarantee transfer of credits from the other institution to FGCU.