International Students FAQ’s

Undergraduate Students

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I just declared a new major. Do I need to let ISS know?

Yes, you will need to submit the Addition/Change of Major form on Terra Dotta if you have added a new major or changed majors.

How many credits do I need to enroll in?

According to ISS (https://iss.wisc.edu/students/current-students/f1-information/full-time-enrollment/), to maintain your visa status, undergraduates must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits each fall and spring semester.

Can I take less than 12 credits in my last semester?

According to ISS policy (https://iss.wisc.edu/students/current-students/reduced-course-load/), students are eligible to take less than 12 credits if you need less than a full-time course load to complete your program of study in your final major.

How do I apply for RCL?

Follow the steps listed on the ISS webpage: https://iss.wisc.edu/students/current-students/reduced-course-load/.

Meet with your Statistics/Data Science advisor or faculty advisor or a medical professional to discuss your reasons for wishing to reduce your course load.

Then, complete the Reduced Course Load in Terra Dotta and include your advisor’s email information so that they can approve the request.

Graduate Students

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How many credits do I need to enroll in?

According to ISS (https://iss.wisc.edu/students/current-students/f1-information/full-time-enrollment/), to maintain your visa status, graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 8 credits each fall and spring semester.

Can I enroll part time in my last semester?

According to ISS policy (https://iss.wisc.edu/students/current-students/reduced-course-load/), students in their final semester of study are eligible to enroll part time in their last semester if they need less than a full-time course load to complete their program of study.

How do I apply for RCL?

Follow the steps listed on the ISS webpage: https://iss.wisc.edu/students/current-students/reduced-course-load/ If you are entering your final semester, list your graduate program coordinator’s email information in the request form in Terra Dotta. You do not need an appointment with your coordinator/advisor.

If you are requesting an RCL for any reason other than final semester of study, consult with ISS advisors or your graduate program coordinator to determine if you are eligible.