Full-Time Student Status

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) requires all Drake international students to be enrolled full time and make satisfactory progress toward graduation.

To be a full time student, you must enroll in:
•a full-time ESL program
•a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits, or 12 PharmD credits
•a minimum of nine graduate or law credits 
•an equivalent combination of ESL, undergraduate and graduate courses.

In limited circumstances (for example, serious health problems) a reduced load may be allowed by BCIS, but this requires approval by the Foreign Student Advisor prior to dropping below full-time status. Various combinations of English as a Second Language, graduate and undergraduate courses are also possible with prior permission of the Foreign Student Advisor. 

It is your responsibility to be sure your course combinations are equivalent to full time status. The International Center will be happy to help you and your adviser evaluate your status so you can be sure you are not violating BCIS regulations.

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