Skip navigation
International Students

Incoming Students Menu


259 Adams Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Melany Chavez Ordonez
Student Life International Student Advisor


Room: Office G516 and G510

Phone: 718-260-5391

Reduced Course Load

Immigration requires all international students with F-1 and J-1 visas to register for a full course load each semester. As a full-time student at City Tech, you are mandated to enroll for a minimum of 12 credits each semester. It is the responsibility of the college to verify and report this information to immigration on a regular basis.

You may not under any circumstances fall below full-time status during the semester. Failure to abide by this regulation may result in the imminent loss of your current status.

If you fall below 12 credits in the middle of a semester due to withdrawal, you are in violation of your status and will be terminated.

Exceptions to the full course requirement

In some instances a student may request authorization to take less than a full course load during their academic term. However, you must apply and receive approval for a reduced course load from the Office of International Student Services before the start date of the semester.

Downloadable Form

Academic Advisor’s Recommendation Letter for Reduced Course Load