International Student Center
Application for Reduced Course Load (ARCL)
T HIS FO RM M UST BE S UBM IT T ED BY F RI D AY O F T HE S EC O N D W E EK O F CL AS S E S .
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all F-1 and J-1 students to maintain a full course of study every semester.
Undergraduates must take a minimum of 12 units. Graduates must take a minimum of 9 units, and be enrolled every semester. The
ISC is required to transmit student enrollment information to the DHS each semester. The DHS allows for specific exceptions to the
full-time enrollment requirement, but they must be PRE-APPROVED by the ISC or students will be considered out-of-status. Submit
this form to the ISC in person or by fax 619/594-1973. Allow 1 week for processing. You will be notified by e-mail of the decision.
RED ID# ______________________________
Major __________________________________________________ Degree Level:
Semester for Reduced Course Load:
Spring________ # of SDSU Units this semester : _________
Email ___________________________________________ Expected Date of Graduation __________________________
Check the reason that you registered for a reduced course load. (If not listed, call 594-1982 for appointment with an Advisor)
___ 1. Initial difficulties with the English language and/or with reading requirements. Advisor signature required below.
___ 2. Unfamiliarity with US teaching methods. Advisor signature required below.
___ 3. Medical Reason. Attach written statement from physician.
___ 4. Withdrawal from a course due to improper course level placement. Advisor signature required below.
___ 5. Final semester for undergraduates to graduate with Bachelor’s Degree. Attach copy of Degree Audit Report (DARS).
___ 6 Concurrent enrollment including enrollment at a community college. Give # of units_______. Attach proof of enrollment.
___ 7. Graduate Teaching Assistant or Graduate Assistant. Attach copy of GTA/GA Contract.
___ 8. Graduate Advisor Recommendation for less than a full course of study. Graduate Advisor signature required below.
___ 9. Graduate student’s final coursework before thesis or comp exams. Graduate Advisor signature required below.
___ 10. Enrollment in (check one) ____799A Thesis
____ 799B Thesis Ext
____ 799C Comp Exams
___ 11. Enrollment in Joint PhD. If applicable, attach proof of enrollment at other school. Advisor signature required below.
___ 12. Border Commuter Student.
Explanation (required) ________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature of Student ________________________________________________________ Date ____________________________
TO BE COMPLETED BY ACADEMIC ADVISOR
I am aware of the circumstances above, have reviewed the educational implications and recommend reduced course load this
Signature of Academic Advisor ___________________________________________ Date ________ Phone ___________________
Print Name and Title ______________________________________________________ Department __________________________
TO BE COMPLETED BY INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER
Approved / Denied
DSO Signature ___________________________________ Date __________________
Student Notified on _______________ by________________________