SEVP's COVID-19 Flexibilities Terminated: Here's What You Need to Know
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has ended its Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
guidance, as of May 11, 2023, consistent with the end of the COVID-19 Public Health
Emergency and the COVID-19 National Emergency.
What does this mean for your course registration for the 2023-24 academic year (beginning Fall 2023)?
- For F-1 students pursuing a Bachelor's degree, this means you are required to enroll in and complete a minimum 12 credits, of which at least 9 credits must be face-to-face (FTF)*, and no more than 1 online course (up to 3 credits).
- For F-1 students pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree, this means you are required to enroll in and complete a minimum 9 credits, of which at least 6 credits must be face-to-face (FTF)*, and no more than 1 online course (up to 3 credits).
- For J-1 students (regardless of degree level), this means you may enroll only in face-to-face or hybrid courses. Classes that are delivered through online and distance education modalities cannot be used to satisfy the full course of study requirements for exchange visitors in the J-1 college and university student category.
* Hybrid courses (those delivered online that require physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion) are considered in-person or FTF for F-1/J-1 enrollment purposes.
If less than a full course of study is needed to complete your program you may be eligible for a Reduced Course Load. Learn more about the types of Reduced Course Loads available on our website.