International Academics

Full Time Enrollment

  • As an F-1, you must be a full-time student in order to maintain your immigration status. If you wish to enroll in less than the required number of units, you must provide evidence/reasoning and seek approval for a Request for Reduced Course Load BEFORE registering for classes. If summer is your first term of enrollment, you are required to enroll full time during the summer.
  • Full course of Study requirement for each program:

**Undergraduate Requirement: Students is required to enroll in at least 12 units during Fall and Winter semesters. Summer enrollment is optional, unless your first term at BU is summer. If you enroll in second term of a semester than you will have to enroll in at least 6 units to fulfill this full time requirement.

**Graduate Requirement: Students is required to enroll in at least 9 units during Fall and Winter semesters. Summer enrollment is optional, unless your first term at BU is summer. If you enroll insecond term of a semester than you will have to enroll in at least 6 units to fulfill this full time requirement.

NOTE: Only one online or distance learning course could be counted toward your full course of study requirement for the current semester. However, an F-1 student currently pursuing a full course of study may add as many distance education or on-line courses as he/she wishes, in addition to the courses counting toward the full course of study.

Reduced Course Load

If you enroll in less than the required number of units, you must submit a Request for Reduced Course Load to the International Office for approval. Failure to obtain approval PRIOR to dropping below full time status will result in your falling out of F-1 status. Submitting a Request does not mean an automatic approval. The International Office must review your request and supporting documents.

Leave of Absence

International students at BU may be permitted to take leaves of absence for up to ONE Semester. The International Office recommends that you check with the Registrar Department regarding its policy on leave of absence.

If you plan to take a leave of absence, schedule an appointment with an immigration counselor to discuss your eligibility, particularly if you plan to stay inside the U.S. during your leave of absence.

Probation

If you are placed on probation, schedule an appointment with the Immigration Counselor immediately.

Degree Programs

Master of Business Administration ➤
  • Business Administration Emphasis
  • Sports Management Emphasis
  • International Business Emphasis
  • Marketing Emphasis