Maintaining Your Status
An F-1 visa allows a student from another nation to enter the United States to study in an academic program. If you are studying at ECU on an F-1 visa, you must comply with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements, as well as University requirements.
F-1 students are required to maintain full-time student status.
In certain situations, you can request to drop below a full course load. For example, if you are in your last semester before graduation, working on a dissertation, or have a qualifying emergency.
Inform ECU of any Change in Program
Your Form I-20 must accurately reflect your current status as a student. You are responsible for keeping it up to date. if you change your academic program in any way, please inform the Office of Global Affairs.
Your I-20 will need to be changed and updated before any of the following:
- Change of major
- Graduating from your academic program
- Change of level (e.g., from undergraduate to graduate study)
- Extending your F-1 immigration status
- Dropping below full-time enrollment
- Cancelling enrollment