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Enrollment at Another Institution

With several community colleges and other universities in the Phoenix-metro area, you may find that you want to take a class at one of these schools in addition to your full-time course load at ASU.

Coursework Outside of ASU

To take classes at another school while taking classes full time at ASU, you must request authorization from the ISSC. First, ensure you meet the following conditions:

  1. Enroll full time at ASU. If you want to enroll at another school during the winter or summer break, you must first enroll full time at ASU in the upcoming spring or fall semester prior to requesting authorization from the ISSC.

  2. Maintain F-1 lawful status.

  3. Only enroll part time at another school as a non-degree student and continue to have physical presence in the Phoenix-metro area during the fall and spring semesters.

  4. If you are a sponsored student, you must get permission from your sponsor to take a class outside ASU as an international student first.

Request Authorization to Study Outside ASU

1.  To receive authorization to enroll at another school while enrolled at ASU:

2.  Contact the school where you would like to study as a non-degree student and submit an admission application.

3.  Submit the request for Authorization for Additional Coursework Outside of ASU eForm.

    • If you are a graduate student, indicate the purpose of your course enrollment at another institution.

    • If you are a sponsored student, submit your proof of sponsor approval in the eForm.

    • The processing time is 8 - 10 working days after we have received the completed request. If further information or documentation is needed, the ISSC will contact you via email or phone.

    4.  Once notified, pick up the letter from ISSC and submit it to the school you will attend. At the end of semester, work with ASU's University Registrar Services to transfer credit hours you earned at the other school to your ASU degree program if applicable.

    To avoid delays, please make sure that:

      1. Your current local and SEVIS addresses are correct and up to date in My ASU.

      2. Your phone number is correct and up to date in My ASU.

      3. If you are a new or transfer student, complete the New Student SEVIS mandatory check-in eForm before submitting your Authorization for Additional Coursework Outside of ASU eForm to the ISSC.

      4. If you have issues that might affect your F-1 status, meet with an ISSC immigration advisor.

    FAQs

    Can I use the letter authorizing study outside of ASU for more than one semester?

    No. You will need a new authorization letter each semester. For example, if you have been authorized to take a class in the fall semester, but want to take a class in the spring semester as well, you will need to submit another request.

    Is there a limit to how many classes I can take?

    Yes. You may only enroll part time at another school while also maintaining your full-time enrollment at ASU.

    Can I enroll in more than one school in the same semester? Will the ISSC give me more than one letter?

    You may enroll in more than one school in the same semester; however, the total number of credit hours you enroll cannot exceed part-time enrollment combined across all of the classes you are taking outside ASU. You will need to submit a separate request for each school you will be attending.

    I am a graduate student. Can I take a class outside ASU?

    You may be able to take a course outside ASU, but ISSC may require that  you speak with an adviser at the ISSC first for advisement. A course from another school should not be taken in place of an ASU class that is required for a graduate program. But, an elective class taken for personal enrichment at another school may be acceptable.

    Do I need permission to take a class outside ASU during summer break?

    If you want to take a class at another school during winter or summer break, in general ISSC does not require that you seek authorization to take the class. However, you should ask the other school if they require authorization from ISSC for that term. If the school requires authorization, you need to indicate that on your request form and submit it to the ISSC for review.

    Can I take a class from another school outside of the Phoenix-metro area?

    During the summer break you may choose to take a class from a school outside the Phoenix-metro area. However, during the fall and spring semesters you must maintain physical presence by taking classes in-person at ASU therefore making it impractical to take classes at another school. If you have questions about this, please seek advising from an ISSC advisor.