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Office of International Programs

Physical Presence Requirement

Per federal regulations, international students in F-1 status are limited to face-to-face classes at the main MSU campus location. This means that:

  1. International students in F-1 status are not allowed to enroll in MSU courses offered at the Minot Air Force Base.

  2. International students in F-1 status at Minot State University may take only one online or distance education course per semester to count towards full time enrollment. Undergraduate students in F-1 status must be registered in at least 9 credits face-to-face on campus; and graduate students in F-1 statusmust be registered in at least 6 credits face-to-face on campus. If an international student in F-1 status needs only one course to finish his or her program of study, it cannot be taken through online/distance education. There must be a physical presence requirement for the course.

  3. International students in F-1 status may enroll in a course offered by another university or college only with prior authorization from the International Student Coordinator.