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ENROLLING BELOW 12 UNITS: REDUCED COURSE LOAD (RCL)

F-1 and J-1 students are required to enroll full-time in at least 12 units in each academic term (Fall, Winter and Spring). However, there are some exceptions to this requirement:

  • You may enroll below 12 units due to academic, or medical or final quarter reasons, but you must request and receive approval for Reduced Course Load (RCL) authorization from ISPO before dropping a class.
  • Full-time enrollment is not required for continuing students in the Summer term, since Summer is generally considered a vacation term. However, you must enroll full-time in the Summer, if it is your first term at UC San Diego.