Rackham Visa Notice

Criteria for International Students
Information taken from the Rackham Graduate Student Handbook, Chapter 2

In addition to complying with Graduate School and departmental requirements, international students are also required to comply with Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requirements to maintain their status. Students studying on a J-1 or an F-1 visa are required to be full-time students. The INS also requires the University to report regularly on the enrollment status of all students holding either F or J category visas.

The Graduate School defines full-time enrollment for international students as follows:

  • Students holding graduate assistantships with appointments of .25 or greater are expected to be registered for at least 6 credit hours each term.
  • Other Master's, Pre-Candidate, and NCFD students must be registered for a minimum of 8 credit hours each term. Please Note: International students who wish to be registered less than full-time must obtain permission in advance from an International Student and Visiting Scholar Advisor at the International Center or risk compromising their status with INS.
  • Doctoral Candidates must be making satisfactory progress towards completion of their degree. Current INS regulations require international students to register even after completing coursework. A newly created status of Dissertation/Research Writing has been created for international F and J candidate-level students. This status is to be used only during the term an international student is not registered for coursework.