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Reduced Course Load

There are some exceptions to the full-time study rule. You must obtain special permission from the Center for Global Engagement prior to reducing your course load.

Academic Reduced Course Load
  • Academic difficulty: This reason can only be approved for a single semester, typically in the first semester, during any one course of study. You must resume a full course of study in the next available term, excluding summer. Acceptable reasons to reduce your course load due academic difficulties include:
    • Initial English language difficulties or reading requirements
    • Unfamiliarity with US teaching methods
    • Improper course level placement 
  • Final Semester: If you need less than full-time enrollment in the final semester of your program to complete your degree requirements.

If you believe you are eligible for a reduced course load for one of the academic reasons above, click the "Request" button below.

To request an academic reduced course load (RCL), you will need:
1. To complete a RCL request 
2. Request electronic approval from your academic advisor for the RCL.

Medical Reduced Course Load

If you have a temporary illness or medical condition that prevents you from maintaining full time enrollment, you may apply for a medical RCL.

If you believe you are eligible for a reduced course load for a medical reason, click the "Request" button below. 
To request a medical reduced course load (RCL), you will need:
1.  To complete a RCL request 
2.  Attach a signed letter from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist that substantiates your illness or medical condition and recommends a reduction in your course credits.

NOTE:You may only receive this permission for a maximum of 12 months during your current degree level.

Log into the DuqGlobal International Student Portal to begin this request.