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Can F-1 Students Take Part-Time Course or Take a Break?

Postby arekmalang72 » Sun, 09 Apr 2006 02:54:56 -0500

Can F-1 Students Take Part-Time Course or Take a Break?

The short answer to that question is "yes!" Currently, there are two(2) situations when international students are allowed to take P/T courses or even take a break from school:

1. Academic difficulties and
2. Medical condition

If a student is facing difficulties because of english language, unfamiliarity with the US teaching pedagogy, or if for some reasons the student feels that he or she has chosen a wrong field of study, the student is allowed to reduce his or her full-time load. Students should talk to their DSO before they can be allowed to reduce the full-time requirement. Ultimately, the DSO is the one who has the discretion whether to approve or deny the request. The DSO also has the discretion power to grant the length of the reduced load of full-time credits. The Code states, however, that students must resume to full-time status at the next available term or semester. Under this situation, the student is still required to take classes. The Code requires students to take at least 6 credit hours per semester or term or half of the required full-time student status.

The second condition is medical situation. Here, the students must show to DSO that the illness is temporary and provide letters from a medical doctor showing that the student is sick or ill. DSO may then grant the sick student from taking reduced load or even not taking any classes at all. The maximum time for medication situation is 12 months (or 1 year). The most typical situation is pregnancy. If a woman international student is pregnant, she can change her status from full-time to part-time.

What about stress? Here the rule is the same, so long as the student can prove that the illness is temporary and that he or she can get a statement from medical doctor saying that he or she is ill (stress), the application may be granted by the DSO. Ultimately, DSO is the one who will authorize the request.

I am attaching the actual Code in this page for your reading:

(A) Academic difficulties. The DSO may authorize a reduced course load on account of a student's initial difficulty with the English language or reading requirements, unfamiliarity with U.S. teaching methods, or improper course level placement. The student must resume a full course of study at the next available term, session, or semester, excluding a summer session, in order to maintain student status. A student previously authorized to drop below a full course of study due to academic difficulties is not eligible for a second authorization by the DSO due to academic difficulties while pursuing a course of study at that program level. A student authorized to drop below a full course of study for academic difficulties while pursuing a course of study at a particular program level may still be authorized for a reduced course load due to an illness medical condition as provided for in paragraph (B) of this section.

(B) Medical conditions. The DSO may authorize a reduced course load (or, if necessary, no course load) due to a student's temporary illness or medical condition for a period of time not to exceed an aggregate of 12 months while the student is pursuing a course of study at a particular program level. In order to authorize a reduced course load based upon a medical condition, the student must provide medical documentation from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist, to the DSO to substantiate the illness or medical condition. The student must provide current medical documentation and the DSO must reauthorize the drop below full course of study each new term, session, or semester. A student previously authorized to drop below a full course of study due to illness or medical condition for an aggregate of 12 months may not be authorized by a DSO to reduce his or her course load on subsequent occasions while pursuing a course of study at the same program level. A student may be authorized to reduce course load for a reason of illness or medical condition on more than one occasion while pursuing a course of study, so long as the aggregate period of that authorization does not exceed 12 months.

8 CFR 214.2

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Re: Can F-1 Students Take Part-Time Course or Take a Break?

Postby Energy Jobs » Wed, 03 Sep 2008 10:17:27 -0500

A part-time job carries fewer hours per week than a full-time job, and usually pays less than a full-time job. Typically, part-time employees in the United States are not given any benefits (such as health insurance).

"Part-time" can also be used in reference to a student (usually in higher education) who takes a few courses, rather than a full load of coursework each semester.
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Re: Can F-1 Students Take Part-Time Course or Take a Break?

Postby hunt » Thu, 18 Feb 2016 01:54:54 -0500

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