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Enrollment requirements

All F-1 and J-1 international students must enroll full time by the start of the semester. You should prepare your schedule so that you meet this requirement, which includes in-person credit requirements. As a reminder, all ASU Sync classes and iCourses are considered online courses and do not count toward in-person enrollment. If you need assistance with scheduling classes, please contact your academic advisor.

To maintain SEVIS compliance, F-1 and J-1 students must enroll in a full course of study and be inside the U.S. Students outside the U.S. cannot maintain SEVIS compliance. Please refer to the table below for a summary of full-time enrollment requirements:  

Student status

Minimum credit hours required

  Minimum in-person credit hours required

Undergraduate student



Graduate student



Graduate student with an assistantship (TA/RA/GSA) 




Please review the following information about in-person credit requirements:

  • While you may register for credits in various sessions, you must enroll in in-person courses for credit throughout the entire semester (courses in session C or a combination of courses in sessions A and B). 
    • Hybrid courses are considered in-person courses and count toward the minimum in-person credit hours requirement.
    • All ASU Sync classes are considered online courses and do not count toward the minimum in-person credit hours requirement.
  • Hybrid courses combine in-person and online components and may not be permitted by some government-sponsored programs. If you are a government-sponsored student, make sure that you are permitted to take online or hybrid classes before registering.

What if I am graduating this semester?

If spring 2023 is your final semester, or you are completing thesis or dissertation hours and will be a part-time student, you must submit a request for an approved reduced course load no later than Jan. 9, 2023. Please note, the ISSC does not have to approve your reduced course load request by Jan. 9, 2023.