University of Massachusetts Amherst

Exceptions to Full-Time Enrollment

  • For your first term studying at UMass, acceptable reasons (as mandated by SEVIS) for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) are the following:
    • Initial difficulty with reading requirements
    • Initial difficulty with English language
    • Unfamiliar with American teaching methods
    • Improper course placement
  • For your final term studying at UMass, RCL is allowed if the requirments for your degree can be completed with fewer courses.
  • RCL is acceptable if you have a medical condition that demands that you reduce your courseload; you must have a written recommendation from your doctor.

For all above scenarios, students must get permission from an international student advisor so that the authorization can be noted in SEVIS.