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Full-Time Status and Scheduled Breaks


KPU Immigration Purpose Document

You can view and download the latest version of the KPU Immigration Purpose Document here: PDF icon KPU Immigration Purpose Fall 2022.pdf

Full-Time Status

A student who is enrolled in nine or more credit hours in a semester (including graduate, undergraduate, and preparatory courses) is considered to a full-time student at KPU.

Part-Time Status

A student who is enrolled in fewer than nine credit hours in a semester (including graduate, undergraduate, and preparatory courses) is considered a part-time student at KPU. 

Withdrawing from courses

A student can withdraw from courses at KPU and remain on the student record with a "W" grade. The "W" is not calculated in the student's term or cumulative GPA. Once withdrawn, the student will be considered part-time for immigration purposes if they have fewer than 9 credits in a term. Students who remain registered in 9 credits or more maintain full-time status.  

NA: Never Attended

A Student that registered in a course but did not attend or officially withdraw will receive an "NA." The "NA" is not calculated in the student's term or cumulative GPA. If students receive an 'NA,' they are no longer considered enrolled in the course for the term. They may be considered part-time for immigration purposes if fewer than 9 credits are enrolled in a term.  

Scheduled Breaks

  • Break between academic semesters
    • The day after posted full-term final exam period until the day before the start of the next semester.
  • Reading break in the Spring semester
  • KPU's Scheduled Break
    • One of the Spring (January to April), Summer (May to August), or Fall (September to December) terms in a calendar year (January to December) provided the student remains enrolled full-time at KPU in the term preceding the break and in the term following the break. Please click here to obtain a customized scheduled break letter. 

* During a scheduled break (Fall, Spring, or Summer) a student can take full-time studies, part-time studies, or a break from studies. If a student withdraws from a course(s) during this semester, their scheduled break does not change. 

* Please note that a student who is on the scheduled break needs to be covered by a valid medical insurance.

* According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, to be considered a regularly scheduled break, the break must be part of the DLI's academic calendar (for instance, winter and summer holidays, Reading Week). Each regularly scheduled break should not be longer than 150 days. The maximum cumulative duration of scheduled breaks is 180 days per calendar year (date modified: 2021-06-09). 

How many hours you can work off-campus during scheduled breaks (IRCC)

Authorized Leave

Under an extenuating or unforeseen circumstance that adversely affects the student's academic progress, an international student may request and be approved to take an authorized leave after a review of the request and any supplementary documentation. If the request is approved, the student will receive a Letter for Authorized Leave. The student does not become exempt from their obligations to comply with IRCC policies and requirements by receiving the Letter for Authorized Leave. 


Last updated: September 16, 2022