International Student and Scholar Services

Reduced Course Load & Full-Time Equivalency


All international students attending St. Cloud State University under F-1 student status are required to be enrolled in a full-time course load to maintain their F-1 student status.

Full-time enrollment at St. Cloud State University includes:

  • 12 credits for undergraduate students
  • 6 credits for master's students
  • 6 credits for doctoral students

In certain circumstances, international students under F-1 student status may be eligible to enroll in less than a full-time course load. All enrollment adjustments require prior approval from the Center for International Studies. See below for links on how to complete a reduce course load (RCL) and Full-Time Equivalency (FTE). 

Advising International Students

Types of Authorization

Reduced Course Load (RCL)

  • Illness or Medical Condition
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Completion of Course of Study

Full-Time Equivalency (FTE)

  • Full-Time Curricular Practical Training
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Culminating project/Dissertation/Starred Paper/Thesis/Capstone

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