At University of North America there is no one season that is identified as the vacation term as classes are held year round. There are four academic terms per year, a winter term, a fall term, a spring term and a summer term.
F-1 students are eligible for one Annual Vacation per calendar year when they have completed an "academic year," that is, three consecutive terms of full-time enrollment or 18 credit hours. Additionally, a student must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to be eligible to take a vacation. That means that depending upon when a student begins their program, their "Vacation" could be winter, fall, spring or summer.
Note: Students are not required to take an Annual Vacation. They can choose to continue full-time enrollment. Then the opportunity for an Annual Vacation can roll forward.
The International office is required to report to SEVIS when students are full-time enrolled and when they are on their Annual Vacation. To provide that information, students are required to complete an Vacation Request Form when choosing to take their Annual Vacation. A deadline to submit Vacation Request forms is given each term. Failure to submit a Vacation Request form will result in an automatic denial, no exceptions. Click here for the Vacation Request Form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I want to go back home but my trip will extend beyond just one term. Is that my Annual Vacation?
A. No. That is a leave of absence, approval for which must be submitted to the Registrarís office. Click her for the Leave of Absence Form. Please note that your SEVIS record will be terminated for Authorized Early Withdraw during your leave of absence from the university.
Q. When I come back to school from my vacation, I have only 3 credits remaining in my program. Can I be enrolled less than full time during term following my vacation?
A. You can be enrolled less than full time (even following your Annual Vacation) when it is your final term and you have fewer than 6 credits remaining in your program. You need to fill out the Reduced Course Load Form and get an approval.
Q. If I am eligible for an Annual Vacation, can I still take it even if when I return I have only my Capstone class remaining to complete my degree?
A. Yes. Eligibility for your Annual Vacation is based only on your having been enrolled full-time the three terms preceding the Vacation term and you have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Having fewer than 6 credtis remaining in your program upon your return has no bearing on Vacation eligibility.
Q. I transferred to the University of North America in January after having been full-time enrolled during the fall at my previous school. Do I still need to be enrolled full-time for two terms before being eligible for my Annual Vacation?
A. Yes. Your full-time enrollment at your previous school does not count towards your eligibility for an Annual Vacation during the summer term.