Full-time Enrollment for Summer

Do international students have to be enrolled full-time in summer?

Full-time enrollment is required for international students with a UC Berkeley I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) with a summer start date. It must be maintained during the entire period noted on the I-20 or DS-2019. Dropping below full-time, or withdrawing without approval from Berkeley International Office, may result in a violation of your immigration status.

Contact a Berkeley International Office adviser if you face unexpectedextreme circumstances and are considering dropping below full-time only after you arrive. I-20s will not be issued to students enrolled less than full-time. Waitlisted classes do not count toward full-time enrollment.

How many units is full-time enrollment in summer?

You must enroll full-time based on your first session/I-20 start date. You can enroll in more than one session.

My start date of instruction at 
UC Berkeley is Summer Session:
Full-time 
Units Minimum
I-20 Start Date
I-20 End Date
A Only 5 5/28/2019 7/5/2019
A, plus B, C, or D 10 5/28/2019 8/16/2019
A, plus E 8 5/28/2019 8/16/2019
B 8 6/10/2019 8/16/2019
C 6 6/24/2019 8/16/2019
D 5 7/8/2019 8/16/2019
E Only 3 7/29/2019 8/16/2019

Examples:

I am enrolled in Session A only. 
My I-20 dates are 5/28/2019 - 7/5/2019.
My full-time enrollment is 5 units.
I am enrolled in Session A and Session D. 
My I-20 dates are 5/28/2019 - 8/16/2019.
My full-time enrollment is 10 units.
I am enrolled in Session C only. 
My I-20 dates are 6/24/2019 - 8/16/2019.
My full-time enrollment is 6 units.
I am enrolled in Sessions C, D, and E. 
My I-20 dates are 6/24/2019 - 8/16/2019.
My full-time enrollment is 6 units.

Can international students take online courses?

There is no limit to the number of online courses an F-1/J-1 student can take. However, there IS a limit in the number of online courses that count towards the full-time requirement.

  • 3 online units maximum toward full-time enrollment for Session A, B, C, or D only.
  • 3 online units maximum toward full-time enrollment for any combination of Sessions A, B, C, D, and E.
  • No (0) online units toward full-time enrollment for Session E only.

Example 1: The student is enrolled in Session C. The full-time enrollment requirement is 6 units. The student is taking one online course (3 units) and one in-person course (3 units). 3 online + 3 in-person = 6 units. The student meets the full-time requirement. 

Example 2: The student is enrolled in Session C. The student is taking one online course (4 units, but only 3 units count towards the full-time requirement) and on in-person course (2 units). 3 online + 2 in-person = 5. The student does NOT meet the full-time requirement.

Adding and Dropping Classes

You can add and drop classes as long as you remain enrolled full-time. Before you drop or add a class, please check the Summer Sessions deadlines for adding and dropping classes. Further information on how to add and drop classes can be found on the Summer Sessions Enrollment Changes for International Students page.

Session Changes

Take careful note of the dates indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019. You are required to attend classes during that entire period of time. Changing session dates after your I-20 or DS-2019 has been issued is not allowed. If you are unable to attend classes during the entire period listed on your I-20 or DS-2019, you must contact biosummer@berkeley.edu immediately.

Other policies and procedures for making schedule changes can be found on the Summer Sessions website.

Students with a valid I-20/DS-2019 from another U.S. School

If you are an F-1 or J-1 student from another U.S. institution who is attending Berkeley Summer Sessions during your semester break AND you are enrolled and will return to your previous school in the Fall, you may not need an I-20/DS-2019 from UC Berkeley. Please complete VSIS to confirm this. If you do not need and do not receive an I-20/DS-2019 from UC Berkeley, you are not required to enroll full-time during Summer Sessions. Make sure that your current I-20/DS-2019 is valid and will not expire before/during classes at UC Berkeley. Talk to your school's International Adviser to make sure you follow correct procedures to attend a different school during your semester break and for other details.