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Start Online From Home

Most students can start their degree program online from home by taking only online classes.  Online classes are regular UWM classes offered to any student eligible for registration.  They are the same courses taught on our campus, but taught online.  You should work with your advisor to select courses that are required for your degree program, and they will count towards your degree as if you took them in-person.

Online courses are conducted differently by different professors. Some courses are flexible, allowing you to participate with clear deadlines posted for assignments, others are live streamed and interactive as if you were in a physical lecture hall.  When you talk to your advisor about which courses are best for you, be sure to select courses that fit your availability.

Taking online courses from home will shorten the amount of time you have to spend in the US after you arrive in-person, thereby reducing cost-of-living expenses.  

Students that start their program online from home will not have any status in the US, so online courses will not contribute toward your eligibility for OPT or CPT.  To qualify, you must have F1 status for one full academic year in the US.  For example, if you join UWM in-person for the Fall semester (beginning in September), you will be eligible for OPT or CPT at the end of the Spring semester in May.