Summer Enrollment and Distance Education

Summer Enrollment

F-1 and J-1 students are not required by Immigration regulations to register for classes during the summer. It is an option that many international students take advantage of to meet academic requirements more quickly or complete thesis/dissertation projects.

International students who elect to participate in summer enrollment must be prepared for the additional cost for tuition and fees. Your Form I-20 must show validation for 12 months of academic enrollment. This means you will be required to show additional funds for financial support to include summer enrollment.

Contact the OIA for further details and requirements at

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any international student who is on campus working towards their thesis and dissertation projects (during the summer) are required to register for at least one credit hour (NO EXCEPTIONS). Any work completed on campus that will count towards or earn academic credit for degree completion requires course enrollment. Those who enroll during the summer are only eligible to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week. The 40-hour per week benefit does not apply with class enrollment during any semester/session.

Distance Education (On-line Courses)

F-1 and J-1 students are eligible for one on-line/distance education class or 3 credits per semester (session) to be counted towards the “full course of study” requirement.

An international student must receive approval from an International Advisor in the OIA by completing a Distance Education Clearance Form for International Students before enrolling in distance education courses. (Note: This form is distributed by OIA only.)

For additional information on distance education as it relates to an international student please contact us at or 334-7551.