Reduced Course Load
International students must study full time each semester, unless they qualify to take a reduced course load.
Eligibility: If you are in your final semester and you need less than full time credits to graduate.
Deadline: Submit by the first day of the semester you are graduating. Upload a copy of your enrollment verification with your request.
Eligibility based on academic difficulty: You are in your first year of study and have never taken a reduced course load for academic difficulty at the same degree level. Reasons for academic difficulty must be based on initial difficulties with English language, reading requirements, unfamiliarity with U.S. teaching methods or improper course level placement.
Eligibility based on medical reasons: Documented physical or mental health issue confirmed by a letter from an M.D., D.O. or licensed clinical psychologist.
Deadline to apply: Before you drop below full time enrollment. You must also make an appointment with your ISSS advisor before we can approve your request.
Withdrawal or Leave of Absence
Students who are leaving the University before completing their program, permanently or temporarily, can notify ISSS by completing the Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Request for SEVIS.
You must also complete University forms for leaving the University:
Starting a New UConn Program
Students who are completing or are close to completing a current UConn program and will start a new UConn program should request a new I-20 with new financial documentation.
Deadline: Within 30 days after you finish your current UConn program, and before you begin your new UConn program. You will need to complete the ISSS Online Orientation and submit arrival documents again at the start of the new program.
Changing UConn Campuses
Students who change UConn campuses should request a new I-20 with new financial documentation.
Deadline: Before the first term at your new campus. You will need to complete the ISSS Online Orientation and submit arrival documents again at the start of the new program.
Experiential Global Learning
Students who will participate in a study abroad program through Experiential Global Learning should submit a Travel Information Record and schedule an appointment to meet with your ISSS advisor.
Off Site Research
Sometimes F-1 students complete research off-site (in the U.S. or your home country) as part of your degree program. You should discuss your plans with your ISSS advisor, and if we will keep your I-20 active, you will need to complete the Off Site Research Form with your academic advisor.