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Normal Load

Students who are teaching are normally expected to take three (3) graduate level courses, while students on fellowship are normally expected to take four (4) graduate level courses.  While exceptions may be made on an individual basis, graduate students should be careful to make sure that they are maintaining a sufficient course load at all times to guarantee eligibility for fellowships, stipends, visa, etc.  International students should note that some courses (such as language courses) do not count at all for computing loads for visa eligibility.  In all cases, language work is considered extra, in addition to a student’s normal load of graduate courses.