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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER

Immigration
Maintaining your visa status

Application for Reduced Course Load (ARCL)

Students taking less than the required number of units are considered to be taking a reduced course load. Government regulations allow a reduced course load under certain circumstances, but a reduced course load must be pre-approved by SDSU’s International Student Advisor.

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ARCL Eligible reasons for approval

Before you enroll in a reduced course load, review the reasons below to determine if your reason is eligible for approval for a reduced course load:

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How to apply for a reduced course load

Remember to re-apply each semester

It is your responsibility as an international student to remember to submit the ARCL form each semester you will enroll in a reduced course load. You will not be contacted or reminded to submit the form.

IMPORTANT!
Serious consequences if you do not submit the ARCL  

If you do not submit the ARCL form, or if your ARCL form is not approved, you will be terminated from the SEVIS system, and you will become ineligible for any benefits of the F-1 or J-1 status. It is possible that you will have to leave the United States and discontinue your studies. To ensure that you are maintaining proper enrollment status, you must submit the ARCL form to the ISC by the deadline, as required.  

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER
 Tel: (619) 594-1982  |  Fax: 619-594-1973  |  Email: isc.reception@sdsu.edu