Saint Louis University

Full-time Status

An international student may not drop below a full-time course load unless authorized in advance by their International Counselor.  A student who drops below a full course of study without the prior authorization is considered to be out of status.

Full-Time Course Load Requirements:

Undergraduate Students: 12 credit hours per semester
Graduate Students: 9 credit hours per semester or as determined by the department 
ESL Students: 6 credit hours per semester

Online Courses: International students are permitted to count only one online course (3 credits) per semester towards the required number of credits to be enrolled as a full-time student. (A student may be enrolled in more than one online course -- but only one course counts towards the full-time course load.)

Dropping Below Full-time Course Load

Students may be authorized to drop below full time by their International Counselor for these reasons only: 

  • Medical conditions: The student must provide current medical documentation from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or a licensed clinical psychologist. The student may be authorized to be less than full time for medical reasons for no more than an aggregate of 12 months in any degree program.
  • Academic difficulties: Initial difficulty with the English language or reading requirements; unfamiliarity with American teaching methods; or improper course level placement. The student who studies less than full time due to academic difficulties must carry at least a half-time course load (i.e., for undergraduates, at least six hours per semester). After dropping below full-time, he/she must resume a full course of study in the next available semester to maintain student status. The student previously authorized to drop below full time due to academic reasons is not eligible for a second authorization for this reason.
  • Final semester before completing a program: If the student does not need a full-time course load to complete the program in the final semester, he/she must receive approval from their International Counselor at the beginning of the semester.
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