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Visa Status for International Students

Full Time Status

The Office of International Affairs requires that each School define “full-time status” for purposes of certifying those students seeking student visas. For that purpose, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School defines “full-time” as enrollment in at least three courses, seminars or independent studies totaling at least nine semester hours of credit registered for and completed. If you are registered for an activity and do not complete its requirements (e.g., if you are registered in a course in which a final examination is required and you fail to take the examination), the O.I.A. and your financial sponsor (if any) will be notified that you have not, in fact, completed the work required of a student in full-time status and you will also receive a grade of Unsatisfactory-No Credit. This may have serious impact on your visa. Do not abuse the Law School by registering for courses you will not complete.

If you have questions regarding any of the above, please see the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, the Registrar, the Dean of Students, or the Graduate Committee Chairman.