International Student Services

Reduced Course Load (RCL) for a Documented Medical Condition

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

How to Apply

  • Print the ISS Reduced Course Load Form. Ask your medical provider to complete the form. It must be completed by a “licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist.
    It cannot be completed by only a “Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP)” or other medical professional title not listed above. If your provider is an RNP or other medical professional, there must be a second signature from one of the above-listed professionals.
  • Complete the online request (you must upload a scan/photo of your completed Reduced Course Load Form):

  • Allow 15 business days 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.