Full Course of Study
You must pursue a full course of study each quarter to maintain lawful status.
- Undergraduate student minimum: 12 credits
- Graduate student minimum: 10 credits
In your final quarter you may take as few credits as required to complete your degree as long as you register for at least one credit and receive authorization for a reduced course load from ISS in advance. An online class cannot be the only class on your final quarter schedule.
Online & Hybrid Courses
Online: You can only take one online course per quarter and the majority of your enrolled credits must be in-person.
Hybrid: Hybrid courses are currently classified as in-person.
S/NS Grading Option
Per UW policy, a student can only use the S/NS grading option up to 20 credits total during their time at UW Bothell. ISS advises students to use this grading option carefully.
Reduced Course Load
You may enroll part-time due to valid academic/medical reasons (if it meets requirements by immigration) during a quarter if you obtain a Reduced Course Load authorization from ISS. The RCL must be received and approved within the first 30-days of the quarter you wish to apply the RCL. You must discuss with an advisor to determine if you are eligible for the benefit.
Do not register for fewer than the required number of credits or withdraw from a course without first receiving permission from ISS.
You must maintain “good” academic standing while studying in the United States. Meet your Academic Advisor and/or ISS if you are having difficulty in your courses. It is better to receive a grade of “F” in a class than to drop the class and fall below full-time status.
Withdrawal from Courses
To withdraw from all courses in the middle of a quarter, you must complete an Official Withdrawal form through the office of the Registrar, and meet with ISS. Before withdrawing from classes you must request a Leave of Absence or termination request on the international student portal. Once your request is approved, you must depart the US within 15 days.