Maintaining Your Status
F-1 students are required to maintain full-time student status.
In certain situations, you can request to drop below a full course load. For example, if you are in your last semester before graduation, working on a dissertation, or have a qualifying emergency.
Inform ECU of any Change in Program
Your Form I-20 must accurately reflect your current status as a student. You are responsible for keeping it up to date. If you change your academic program in any way, please inform the Office of Global Affairs.
Your I-20 will need to be changed and updated before any of the following:
- Change of major
- Graduating from your academic program
- Change of level (e.g., from undergraduate to graduate study)
- Extending your F-1 immigration status
- Dropping below full-time enrollment
- Cancelling enrollment