Online and Hybrid Enrollment

Online Enrollment in U.S.

Government regulations require that F-1 and J-1 international students meet specific enrollment requirements for their legal status during each fall and spring semester.

Undergraduate Students

  • F-1: Must take at least 9 of 12 credits in-person.
  • J-1: Must take all 12 credits in-person.

Graduate Students

  • F-1: Must take at least 6 of 9 credits in-person.
  • J-1: Must take all 9 credits in-person.

Language Training: No online enrollment is permitted.

If you are taking an online course, please be sure your registration meets requirements. If you are not sure, please ask ISSS and we will help you.

Hybrid Courses

Courses that are partially online and partially in-class are considered hybrid courses. In the Miami Course List, if you search for a course and look at the “Delivery” column, it will show you if the class is “Hybrid.”

Classes that are more than 50% online will not count as in-person courses. Sometimes, this information is found in “Show Details” when you search for a course in the Course List.

If you are taking a hybrid course and are unsure if it will count as an in-person course, please ask ISSS and we will help you.

Fall & Spring Term

It is not permitted to be present in the U.S. and take only online coursework (which includes 50% or higher hybrid courses) in your final semester of study if it is a required term of enrollment. If you wish to remain in the U.S. and maintain legal status during these terms, you will need to adjust your enrollment plans. Alternatively, it may be possible for you to depart the U.S., end your F-1 status, and complete your studies remotely. Please consult with ISSS.

Winter & Summer Term

Winter term and summer term are considered vacation periods at Miami University. During vacation periods, enrollment is not tracked for active students.

Online Enrollment Outside U.S.

Federal and state regulations provide that Miami University can only offer online or hybrid courses in those states in which it is authorized to do so. In order to comply with these requirements it is necessary for Miami to determine where you will be physically located while taking online or hybrid course(s).

After registering for online or hybrid courses, students will receive an email with a link to a form that requires them to indicate whether they will be in the U.S. or abroad when they take these courses.

ISSS also requires information regarding your online enrollment status during fall and spring semesters due to the impact on eligibility for F-1 or J-1 status. If you are currently in the U.S. in active F-1 or J-1 status, you must make arrangements for departure prior to the term of online study. Your legal status will be terminated due to your online enrollment.

Process to report online study plan

  1. Log in to InterLink.
  2. Navigate to Other Student Services.
  3. Select Online Enrollment Outside U.S. Report and complete the e-form.

Health Insurance

If you enroll at Miami University, you are automatically enrolled in health insurance and billed each semester. Because you enrolled online from outside the U.S., you may submit a health insurance waiver request to our office.

  1. Log in to InterLink.
  2. Navigate to Other Student Services.
  3. Select Health Insurance Waiver Request and complete the e-form.

Insurance waiver requests must be submitted on a biannual basis (every fall and spring).

  • Fall: The recommended deadline to submit a request is August 1 and the final deadline is August 31.
  • Spring: The recommended deadline is January 15 and the final deadline is January 31.