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Online Courses

 

The Department of Homeland Security requires F-1 international students to maintain a full course of study while attending a college or university in the U.S.  A full course of study at LaGrange College is defined as 12-16 credit hours for undergraduates and 6 credit hours for graduates.
Federal regulations state:

 
For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted if taken on-line or through distance education in a course that does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing.  
See 8 CFR § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G).

What this means for international students attending LaGrange College is that they may take one online course or three credits of online learning per semester which will count towards their full-time course load.  

Frequently Asked Questions:
1.  What if a student wants to take two online classes?
Students can take multiple online courses as long as the 3 credit limit is not passed.

2.  Can a student take an online course as the only course in the final semester of study?
If a student needs only one course to finish his or her program of study, it cannot be taken through online education.  The course must meet on campus.

3.  Can a student take online courses during the Interim and Summer terms?
The Department of Homeland Security does not require international students to be enrolled during the Interim term or Summer sessions so this online course regulation does not apply. However, if summer is when the student will begin their program at LaGrange College, they will need to enroll full-time during the summers sessions and take only one course or 3 credits of online learning, the remaining credits will need to be on-campus courses.  If the student has been enrolled for a full academic year (fall and spring), they may take as many online courses during the Summer sessions as allowed by the College's course registration policies.