International students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to maintain full-time enrollment throughout their program, uphold good academic standing, and make normal academic progress toward their degree completion. Full-time enrollment at NC State is defined as 12 or more credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 or more credit hours per semester for graduate students. Students who will not meet this credit hour minimum must request a Reduced Course Load* (RCL) from OIS or speak to their DGP about enrollment requirements for their program.
Students who are finishing their degree are eligible to request authorization for a reduced course load (RCL), effective during their final semester of study.
Please visit the following webpage (http://internationalservices.ncsu.edu/current-students/enrollment/ ) for more information about enrollment, including details on distance education, audit courses, and course-load exceptions.
*For those who plan to enroll part-time for their final semester, please submit RCL requests prior to the start of that semester. All RCL authorizations must be obtained before dropping below full-time enrollment.*