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Full Time Status

UAlbany requires 12 credit hours each semester for full-time status. USCIS requires you to successfully complete a full-time course of study each semester (does not include summer).

If you are an RA or TA or GA, with valid tuition support from your funding source, then you may be allowed to take 9 credit hours of classes plus teaching or research. Graduate students doing research or thesis work after completing coursework can also take reduced credits, as stipulated by your department. Graduate Students receiving fellowships, for which they are not required to work, must enroll in 12 credits to be considered full time.

In certain rare cases, a new student in his/her first semester may be authorized by ISSS to take less than 12 credit hours in order to do remedial English or academic coursework.

Download a Reduced Course Load Authorization form.

Link to ISSS How to Make A Gift Page

Contact Information

International Student & Scholar Services

Science Library G-40
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 U.S.A.

Office Hours:

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Advisement 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday


Phone 518-591-8189
Fax: 518-591-8171


International Insurance Office

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
Monday through Friday


Phone: (518) 591-8185
Fax: (518) 591-8171