All F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full time during Fall and Spring semesters. Generally international students are not required to take classes during the summer as it is considered a break. So, if you are planning to study in the Fall and you are not graduating in the summer, then you can take the summer off. However, there are certain students who must enroll full-time in the summer (please see below: "Who needs to study in the summer?").
What does full time mean at Georgia State?
There are some exceptions to being full time, but before you become under-enrolled, you must be authorized in advance by ISSS.
*If you experience health problems, please contact ISSS as soon as possible to discuss this further. In addition, you will need to provide our office with appropriate documentation from your physician. IMPORTANT NOTE TO PREGNANT STUDENTS: Normal pregnancy/delivery is NOT a medical condition warranting a reduced course load. If you have a medical complication or condition outside of a normal pregnancy/delivery, ISSS may authorize medical RCL on a case-by-case basis. Contact ISSS if you have any questions.
If you meet one of the requirements above, then you will need to fill out the appropriate Reduced Course Load Form:
IMPORTANT!!!!! You must obtain underenrollment authorization from ISSS before you drop your classes!!! In addition, applying for a reduced course load does not automatically guarantee that it will be approved. Your request will be reviewed by an ISSS advisor.
Who needs to study in the summer?
If any of the situations below apply to you, then you must study full time during the summer at Georgia State:
Note: Full time in the summer means at least 6 credit hours.