Maintaining Your Immigration Status
In order to maintain your F-1 and J-1 status, students must be enrolled full-time during standard academic semesters (fall and spring semesters). Full-time status is being enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester for graduate students. Only one 3-credit hour online class can count toward the minimum enrollment requirement. If the summer is your first semester of study in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you must enroll full-time through the summer.
For more information regarding how to maintain your status, including online and distance learning guidance for international students, please visit Study in the States.