Building Closed Memorial Day Weekend

The Silicon Valley Campus is closed Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, 2023, in honor of Memorial Day. We will reopen for classes on Tuesday.

International Frequently Asked Question

May I take a break in between my studies?

To qualify for Optional Practical Training

To qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT), an F-1 student must study for a minimum of three consecutive quarters (12 units each quarter). F-1 students may enroll in less than 12 units in their final quarter (usually the third quarter) with approval from an international student adviser.

An  F-1 student who completes a quarter with less than 12 units without approval from an international student adviser is in danger of losing F-1 status.

Taking a study break

F-1 students who complete three quarters of full-time study (12 units for each three quarters) can qualify for a vacation quarter in their fourth quarter if the student plans to return for a following quarter. 

  • Students cannot take a vacation quarter and apply for OPT without resuming their studies for the following quarter.
  • Students cannot enroll in courses in the certificate program when taking a vacation quarter.

International students interested in taking a vacation quarter should contact the International Student Advisor to obtain appropriate authorization in SEVIS.

More information

You can visit the Maintaining Your Status page to learn more about F-1 requirements at UCSC Silicon Valley Professional Education.