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Full Time Enrollment

  1. As an F-1 or J-1 student, you must be a full-time student in order to maintain your immigration status. If you enroll in less than the required number of units, you must file and receive approval for a Request for Reduced Course Load. If summer is your first term of enrollment, you are required to enroll full time during the summer.
  2. Undergraduate:
    students must enroll in at least 12 units during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Summer enrollment is optional, unless your first term at CSULA is summer.
  3. Graduate:
    Students must enroll in at least 12 units or equivalent during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Summer enrollment is optional, unless your first term at CSULA is summer. Graduate students in ECST is considered Full Time with 8 units.
    - ie. 500-level (8 units total), 596, 599 or 900 - equivalent to 12 units

    1. Students who have completed ALL coursework requirements and needs additional time to complete the thesis must enroll in UNIV 900 each term (equivalent to full time enrollment) to maintain continued student status or file for an official leave of absence.
    2. Students who have completed ALL coursework requirements and needs additional time to study for the comprehensive exam must enroll in at least ONE UNIT to maintain continued student status.
    3. Students who CANNOT enroll in the comprehensive exam or submit the thesis due to the WPE must enroll as a full time student.

Reduce Course Load

If you enroll in less than the required number of units, you must submit a Request for Reduced Course Load to the International Office for approval. Failure to obtain approval PRIOR to dropping below full time status will result in your falling out of F-1/J-1 status. Submitting a Request does not mean an automatic approval. The International Office must review your request and supporting documents.

Dual Registration

  1. Dual registration allows you to enroll in a limited number of classes at another institution while attending school at CSULA.
  2. Undergraduate: The credits authorized through dual registration will count towards the minimum 12 unit full time requirement ONLY if the course fulfills your Cal State L.A. degree requirement.
  3. Graduate students are not eligible for dual registration.

Changing Majors

You should first speak to an academic advisor in the department of the major you are interested. When you decide to change majors, you should submit necessary documents to the Registrarís Office. After the information is updated in GET, submit the I-20 Request Form with the necessary documents to the International Office to request a new I-20 to reflect the change in major.

Leave of Absence

  1. Graduate students at Cal State L.A. may be permitted to take leaves of absence for up to four (4) quarters. The International Office recommends that you check with your department regarding their policy on leave of absence.
  2. If you plan to take a leave of absence, schedule an appointment with an immigration counselor to discuss your eligibility, particularly if you plan to stay inside the U.S. during your leave of absence.

Probation

If you are placed on probation, schedule an appointment with the Immigration Counselor immediately.

Disqualification

If you are disqualified, schedule an appointment with the Immigration Counselor immediately.

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Last Update: 07/23/2013