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Full time graduate student status is 12 units per quarter. Note: Students will not be paid their fellowships or employment stipends unless they are registered for at least 12 units. Graduate students are not assigned registration appointment times; they are able to register for classes during Pass 1 (the day that registration begins). International students will not be able to register until they have checked in with SISS (Services for International Students & Scholars), located at 100 University House.
Your Fall quarter registration should include:
Beyond the two seminar courses and the research courses, most students — especially those with research assistant or teaching assistant appointments — only take two “real” courses (if you do not have such an appointment, it would be fine to take three courses; we’d advise against taking more than three, at least for your first quarter, unless you are exceptionally well-prepared).
The specific two real courses you register for should be determined with the guidance of your major professor (preferable). If you lack prerequisites, it is a good idea to take one or more per quarter until you have completed all five. Some courses incoming students commonly take are TTP 210 , ECI 256, ECI 163 (offered even years) and ECI 165 (offered odd years). However, many other courses are available, and your selection should be based on your interests and/or the research needs of your major professor if you are funded to do research.
If you are funded as a 50%-time teaching assistant (TA) or 49%-time graduate student researcher (GSR), taking two “real” courses (i.e. besides seminars, 290C, and 299) in a quarter is typical. However, consult with your faculty advisor. In some cases, faculty expect less research and more coursework at the beginning of your studies, so that you can quickly learn enough in classes to be useful to them in research. So your advisor might want you to take three real courses for the first quarter or two, and accordingly cut back on the amount of time s/he expects from you on research. If you are not working, and especially if you are trying to finish your coursework as quickly as possible, taking 3 or 4 courses can be reasonable. But we definitely do not advise taking that many real courses if you are working as well.
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