Graduate International Student Admissions

Enrollment Requirements

Fall and Spring

The US Department of Homeland Security requires F-1 students to enroll in a full-time course load during fall and spring semesters.

  • Graduate Students = 9 credit hours per semester
  • Undergraduate Students = 12 credit hours per semester


Summer is optional unless it is your first semester at UT Tyler.

  • Graduate Students = 6 credit hours
  • Undergraduate Students = 6 credit hours

Additional Requirements

  • All courses must apply toward your degree to be counted toward the full-time requirement.
  • Only 3 hours of online courses can count toward the full-time requirement.
  • If it is your last semester and you need only one class to complete your degree, that final class cannot be taken online.
  • Not enrolling in enough hours, dropping below full-time during the semester or taking too many online courses are all F-1 violations that will lead to the termination of your F-1 status.

Alternative Ways to Meet Requirements

  • Concurrent Enrollment - Submit a Concurrent Enrollment Form to Graduate Admissions before the Census Date of each semester.
  • Graduating Semester - Apply for graduation or submit a Reduced Course Load Request Form to Graduate Admissions before the Census Date of your final semester.