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Reduced Course Load

Dropping below full-time requires prior approval from International Student Coordinator (ISC) in the form of a reduced course load (RCL).

 

Eligibility

A student is only eligible for a Reduced Course Load in very specific circumstances:

  • Academic Difficulty (only approved once per academic level)
    • You are in your first or second semester and are having initial difficulty with the English language, understanding American teaching methods, or the reading requirements for your classes. You must resume full-time study in the next available semester. You must carry at least half-time credit hours.
    • You have been placed in an improper course level. You must resume full-time study in the next available semester. You must carry at least half-time credit hours.
  • Documented Illness, Medical, or Psychological Condition (12 months total)
    • You have a documented illness, medical, or psychological condition and can provide a letter from a licensed physician, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist recommending a RCL. You can drop to any number of credits or zero credits. Your RCL is only approved for one semester at a time.
  • Completion of Course of Study
    • You are in your last semester and require fewer credits to graduate than are necessary to be considered a full-time student. You may only use this reason twice.

Apply

If your ISC advisor feels that you qualify for a RCL, you will have to complete a RCL request form. You will be notified via email when your advisor/coordinator completes his/her portion. Follow the specific instructions on the form for medical RCLs. Do not drop below full-time registration until an international student advisor approves your request. Dropping below full-time registration before obtaining RCL approval from ISSS constitutes an immigration violation and may result in the termination of your student status.

 

Resources for Language Study

If you have been approved for a Reduced Course Load by the Office of Global Education due to initial difficulty with the English language, please consider using one of the following resources so that you will be better prepared for future classes.

 

Contact Us

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Patricia J. Higgins, PDSO

International Admissions Specialist
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies

pjhiggins@pstcc.edu
865-539-7007
Fax: 865-539-7660
Goins Administration Building, Room 106
Hardin Valley Campus