Full-time Enrollment Requirements

International students in F-1 and J-1 status must be continuously enrolled full-time on campus in your program of study at Concordia University. The specific full-time on-campus requirements for maintaining your status is determined according to the program that you are accepted and enrolled in at CU. Full-time requirements are subject to change.

English Language Institute (ELI) Students

The ELI program runs on a 6-week and 7-week schedule throughout the entire calendar year. Classes will be held every day Monday through Friday. You must be continuously enrolled full-time in the ELI program which consists of at least 21 hours of classroom instruction each week. After you successfully complete the ELI exit requirements, you will then be eligible to begin your academic program at Concordia University.

To maintain your F-1/J-1 status while enrolled in Concordia's ELI program, you are required to attend all ELI sessions until you successfully complete the program. Please refer to the schedule provided by the ELI Program Director for the dates of your scheduled breaks. Plan any travel around your ELI class schedule. You will need to be in class from the first day of the session through the last day of the session.

Failure to attend the full ELI term may result in the termination of your F-1/J- l status in the U.S.

If you are enrolled in the ELI program for more than 5 consecutive terms, you may then request to take a break for one ELI term. You must receive break approval at least two weeks prior to the end of your ELI term and enroll for the ELI term following the requested break. If you have not completed at least 5 ELI terms, you will not be permitted to skip a term.

Traditional Undergraduate Students

  • Spring semester (end of January – middle of May) 12 on-campus credits
  • Fall semester (end of August – middle of December) 12 on-campus credits

You must complete at least 12 credits on campus during the spring and fall semesters. Tuition fees are the same for 12-18 credits. Traditional undergraduate students are permitted to remain in the U.S. during the summer even if they do not take summer classes provided that the students are registered for the following semester.

Enrolling in E-learning/online courses will not maintain your F-1/J-1 status in the U.S.

Adult Education Undergraduate Students

  • Spring semester (January – June) 12 on-campus credits
  • Fall semester (July – December) 12 on-campus credits

Adult education undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 credits on campus between January and June each year and at least another 12 credits on campus between July and December each year.

Enrolling in E-learning/online courses will not maintain your F-1/J-1 status in the U.S.

MSRS Students

  • Fall semester (August-December) 12 on-campus credits
  • Spring semester (January-May) 12 on-campus credits
  • Summer semester (May-July) 12 on-campus credits

Enrolling in E-learning /online courses will not maintain your F-1/J-l status in the United States.

MBA Students

  • Spring semester (January – June) 9 credits (every term must have on-campus credits)
  • Fall semester (July – December) 9 credits (every term must have on-campus credits)

MBA students must be continuously enrolled in at least 3 credits on campus every term at the graduate level. Each term is eight weeks in length. There are six 8-week terms in a year. Terms 1, 2 and 3 are during the spring semester and Terms 4, 5 and 6 are during the fall semester. Prerequisite courses, if required, must be taken while attending graduate level courses.

Enrolling in only E-learning/online courses during an 8-week term will not maintain your F-1/J-l status in the U.S..

MBA students are required to complete at least 9 credits at the graduate level each semester. MBA students do not get a summer break but are permitted to request an 8-week term off once every year after successfully completing their first year of on-campus MBA coursework at Concordia University. MBA students are still required to complete at least 9 graduate credits per semester even if granted an approved term break. To request a term off, you must stop in the Concordia International Center (CIC) or email cic@cuw.edu to receive the break request form and complete the necessary paperwork ahead of time.

MSIT Students

  • Spring semester (January-May) 9 credits required (every term must have on-campus credits)
  • Fall semester (August-December) 9 credits required (every term must have on-campus credits)

The MSIT program consists of two 8-week sessions during the spring and fall semesters. In the spring semester, Session A is from January to March and Session B is from March to May. In the fall semester, Session A is August to October and Session B is October to December. MSIT students must be continuously enrolled in at least 3 graduate credits on -campus during each 8-week session of the spring and fall semesters and must complete at least 9 graduate credits each semester. Each session is eight weeks in length.

Enrolling in E-learning /online courses will not maintain your F-1/J-l status in the United States.

Master of Education Students

  • Spring semester (January-June) 9 credits (every term must have on-campus credit)
  • Fall semester (July-December) 9 credits (every term must have on-campus credit)

During the spring and fall semesters, you must complete at least 9 credits at the graduate level. Enrolling in only e-learning/online courses during an 8-week term will not maintain your F-1/J-l status in the U.S.

Students Enrolled in Other Programs at CU

Consult the Concordia International Center in KA102 for details on the specific course enrollment requirements to be considered a full-time on-campus student for maintaining your F-1/J-1 status in the U.S. Full-time requirements are subject to change.

International Students Holding a Status Other Than F-1/J-1

Consult the Concordia International Center in KA 102 for details on the regulations pertaining to your specific status regarding your eligibility to pursue a degree in the U.S.

Full-time requirements are subject to change.