Online Programs Restrictions

Regulatory Citation [8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)]

For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing. If the F-1 student's course of study is in a language study program, no on-line or distance education classes may be considered to count toward a student's full course of study requirement.

What This Means

At UNH, full time enrollment per semester is equivalent to 9 credits for Graduate students (6 credits for students with full assistantships) and 12 credits for Undergraduate students. Students in degree programs are not required to enroll in courses during the summer.

  • No more than 3 online credits or 1 course per semester may count towards the "full course of study" requirement. Upon meeting the full-time requirement, a student may add as many distance education or online courses as he or she wishes.
  • Students in their final semester of study who have less than a full-time course load left to complete their program cannot take any online or distance education courses.
  • During an official summer break, students may take as many online or distance education courses from UNH or another institution (with approval from their Academic Advisor) as they wish.

OISS Advisors welcome questions and are available for consultation to ensure compliance with the regulations.