Students enrolled as University Special students are considered non-degree candidates and pay tuition and fees at the designated special student rate. See the Prior Coursework policy for information on how limited credits taken as a University Special Student may be accepted by a graduate program. Students are not allowed to simultaneously enroll as a graduate student and as a University Special student.
Before beginning a graduate program, an international student may choose to study full-time English as a University Special student on an F-1 visa granted through the ESL program or on a J-1 visa with the sponsor’s approval. When the student begins a graduate program, the student’s status will be changed from University Special student to graduate student.