Reduced Course Load (RCL)

Academic Difficulty

F-1 students experiencing academic difficulty due to improper course placement, initial difficulty with reading requirements, or unfamiliarity with UCLA teaching methods are eligible to request for authorization from DCISS for a Reduced Course Load (RCL). This reason can only be used once. Please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Complete DCISS Reduced Course Load (RCL) Request Form

Complete the top portion of the RCL Request form and have your academic advisor complete the bottom portion of the request form (academic advisor must verify academic difficulty)

* Students must maintain at least 50% of full-time enrollment.

Step 2: Schedule an Appointment with DCISS

Schedule an appointment with an F-1 counselor to submit your RCL Request form (appointment required). DCISS must receive your RCL Request by the end of Week 2 of the quarter you will be dropping below full-time enrollment. An F-1 Counselor will confirm your RCL authorization after your request has been accepted.

Reduced Course Request Form
Deadline To Submit Request

End of Week 2nd


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