Reduced Course Load and Vacation
An F-1 student is eligible for a vacation quarter inside the United States after being enrolled full-time and maintaining status for three consecutive quarters. During a vacation quarter F-1 students are eligible to remain inside the United States without registering for a full course load. Students must submit their application for approval to the International Programs Office before the intended vacation quarter begins. If the student plans to remain in the United States they must pay for their health insurance for that quarter in order to continue their coverage.
You can apply for a vacation quarter here.
Initial Academic Difficulty
A student experiencing academic difficulty during their first quarter may be authorized to drop below a full course of study on the basis of the following reasons:
- Initial difficulties with the English language
- Initial difficulties with reading requirements
- Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods
- Improper course level placement
A reduced course load based on initial academic difficulty must consist of at least six credit hours, or half the clock hours required for a full course of study. Students must submit a request for reduced course load along with an instructor’s signature to the CIE Office for approval before withdrawing from any classes.
You can apply for a reduced course load for initial academic difficulty here.
Students may be authorized to enroll less than full-time or, if necessary, in no classes at all due to a temporary illness or medical condition. Students must submit a request for reduced course load along with letter from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist to the IP Office for approval before withdrawing from any classes.
You can apply for a reduced course load for medical leave here.
Students can enroll at another SEVP-approved institution as long as their credit load equals full time and the majority of credits is taken at South Seattle College. Students must submit a request for reduced course load along with a copy of their registration from the other institution to the IP Office for approval.
Students attending North Seattle College or Seattle Central College will not need to submit a copy of their class registration and grades. If a student attends any other SEVP Approved institution they must submit a copy of their class registration with their application for reduced course load and their grades at the end of the quarter.
You can apply for a reduced course load for concurrent enrollment here.
Final Quarter of Study
A student in their final quarter of study that requires less than 12 credit hours to graduate is eligible for a reduced course load. Students must apply for graduation and submit a reduced course load form to the IP Office for approval.
You can apply for a reduced course load for final quarter of study here.