International Student and Scholar Services

Full-Time Equivalency (FTE)

Types

  • Authorized participation in full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT): - allows international students who are engaged in full-time CPT and taking at least one credit related to their internship to be considered in full-time enrollment.
  • Concurrent enrollment - allows international students to be enrolled in two different SEVIS-approved schools at the same time as long as the combined enrollment amounts to a full-time course of study.
  • Masters/Doctoral students working on a culminating project/dissertation/starred paper/thesis/capstone - allows international masters/doctoral students who are completing all coursework for the degree requirements and are working on their culminating project/dissertation/starred paper/thesis to be considered in full-time enrollment.

Eligible

  • Student is currently in valid F-1 student status.
  • Student meets all necessary requirements for the requested category.
  • Student is enrolled in the course/s listed on FTE application.

Ineligible

  • Student is not enrolled in at least one credit at St. Cloud State University.
  • Student is not enrolled in the course/s listed on FTE application.
  • Student requesting the authorized participation in full-time (CPT) category, is in their final semester and has no remaining courses for their degree requirements. (In this case, the student must apply for a Reduced Course Load (RCL).

Application Procedures

  • Complete the Full-Time Equivalency Request for F-1 Students form.
  • Attach supporting evidence
    • Authorized participation in full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
      • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application
      • The student must be enrolled in the course/s listed on the request form prior to submission.
    • Concurrent Enrollment
      • Concurrent Enrollment application
      • The student must be enrolled in the course/s listed on the request form prior to submission.
    • Masters/Doctoral students working on a culminating project/dissertation/starred paper/thesis/capstone
      • The student must be enrolled in the course/s listed on the request form prior to submission.
  • Drop-off or mail complete application to the Center for International Studies for review.
  • An advisor will review the student's application and email the student of approval, denial or the need for additional documentation.
  • The student will receive an email when the application is ready to be picked up at the Center for International Studies.

Key points

  • International students may not drop/withdraw from a course or enroll concurrently at another institution without receiving PRIOR authorization from the Center for International Studies. 
  • If authorized for a Full-Time Equivalency, the international student must resume a full course of study during the next available semester, excluding the summer session, in order to maintain F- 1 student status, if applicable.
  • International students may continue to work on-campus while on approved full-time equivalency authorization as long as the employment will not interfere with the student’s academic studies and the student is enrolled in at least one credit unless the student is participating in full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT).