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International Students


Program Center

Deputy Hall 103
Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Office hours (during the Academic Year): 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Phone: 218.755.4096
Fax: 218.755.2074

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907


International Students

Reduced Course Load

There are limited, but very important, exceptions to the ‘full course load of study’ requirements. In the situations described below, F-1 students are considered to be maintaining status even if they are not registered for a full course of study, and they continue to be eligible for F-1 benefits if they are otherwise eligible.


  1. Illness or Medical Conditions.

  2. Initial Difficulty with the English Language

  3. Initial Difficulty with Reading Requirements

  4. Unfamiliarity with American Teaching Methods

  5. Improper Course Level Placement

  6. To Complete Course of Study in Current Term

  7. Part Time Border Commuter Student

Reduced Course Load must be approved by the DSO prior to the occurrence. Please submit the completed ‘Reduced Course Load’ form to the International Program Center for DSO signature and authorization. Note: It must be signed by your advisor.

F-1 Reduced Course Load Certification Form (PDF)