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International Student Services

Medical Reduced Course Load

You can request permission to register part-time or take the quarter off for a documented medical reason.

Accepted Healthcare providers must be a licensed medical doctor, psychiatrist, doctor of osteopathy, licensed psychologist, or clinical psychologist.

How to Apply

  • Meet with your healthcare provider.
  • Request a letter to recommend a medical reduced course load. Review the Medical RCL Letter Template, if needed.
    • Letters may be written only by accepted healthcare providers. If your provider is a Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) or another medical professional, there must be a second signature from an accepted healthcare provider.
    • The letter must be on official letterhead and/or have an official seal to be approved by an ISS adviser.
  • Request a Reduced Course Load for Medical Reasons through MyISSS. You must upload a copy of your medical RCL letter.
  • Allow 2-3 weeks for ISS processing.
  • You must request the RCL and receive approval from your ISS adviser by the end of the quarter in which you need the approved RCL.
  • A medical RCL is allowed for a maximum of four quarters.
  • You will receive a new I-20 if your ISS adviser approves your RCL request.