F -1 Student Immigration Information for Faculty and Staff at Brenau
If you or your student have questions about his/her status, please contact the director of international students & programs.
|Topic||Immigration Considerations||Additional Considerations|
|Change of major||Students must report a change of major to the director within 10 days of their change in major.|
|Dropping a class||Undergraduate students must be in a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring, graduate students must be in at least 9 credit hours. See below regarding online courses.||If a student will be graduating at the end of a term, he or she may receive approval to be registered less than full time. The student must receive approval from the director prior to dropping classes. If a student is in his/her first year, it is also possible to be registered less than full time. Please consult with the director prior to advising students about this issue.|
|Online courses||To meet the minimum required credits, only one class, up to three credit hours, can be an online course – the rest of the credits must be face to face, traditional courses. Students may take more than one online class provided that they meet the minimum face to face requirement.||Some students with scholarships from outside of Brenau (such as SACM) may have additional or more restrictive requirements. Students are responsible for understanding the terms of their scholarships|
|Withdrawing||A student who wishes to take a leave of absence or withdraw completely must talk with the director about her/his plans prior to leaving Brenau.|
|Working||Students are permitted to work on campus up to 20 hours a week during the school year. Off campus internships (paid or unpaid) require prior approval from the director of international students. F-1 students are not allowed to work, even if they are not being paid, until they receive approval from the director.||More information about work authorizations for F-1 international students can be found here.|
An international student who fails to follow immigration regulations may have their status terminated and be required to leave the country.