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Updates for international students


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March 12, 2020

Dear Students,

In an email on March 9 with the subject “COVID-19 travel update and campus info”, the University updated the campus on its response to  COVID-19 (coronavirus). You should have also received an email on March 10 from President Eric Spina announcing the temporary suspension of classes.

This email is a follow up to share key information for international students. Please read carefully before contacting ISSS with any questions.


Three presidential proclamations have temporarily stopped entry into the United States of immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non-U.S.-citizens who were physically present within China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, and the European Schengen Area during the 14-day period before their entry into the United States. 

There are no other country specific travel restrictions currently. COVID-19 is evolving daily around the world and in the U.S. While currently only China, Iran, and the European Schengen Area are under travel restrictions, that could change.

UD strongly recommends students to reconsider any personal travel plans to other countries and U.S. territories for now. 

Specifically, if you travel to China, Iran, or the European Schengen Area, it may be difficult to return.  Alsosee our note below about returning to campus when UD resumes in-person classes.

If you have friends or family who are planning to visit the U.S from those countries, it may also be difficult for them to enter the U.S. 

Some travelers have had success going to and staying in a third country for 14 or more days prior to entering the U.S., but we cannot guarantee that travelers will always be successful.  


Academics: The university is moving to online courses on March 23. Look for communication from your professors for specific information. Continue to check your email during the Spring Break period.

  • UD’s move to online courses will not impact your immigration status, as long as you remain registered for a full course load and engaged in classes.
  • When UD resumes in-person classes, students who are unable to return to campus will risk termination of their SEVIS records (F-1 or J-1 status).

Housing: To be clear, international students living in UD housing will be permitted to remain on campus during this break.

  • Students living in UD housing should email immediately to request to continue to stay on campus, if you haven't already made arrangements.
  • If you have family in the United States and would like to go stay with them, please feel free to do so.
  • Otherwise, we discourage personal travel to other countries and U.S. territories during this time. This effort will help secure the health and safety of everyone.

Graduation: If you will graduate in May and are unable to return to your home country, there are options available to extend your stay. You can:

  1. Apply for OPT (F-1) or Academic Training (J-1), if eligible
  2. Begin a new academic program
  3. Apply to extend your I-20 if additional time is needed to complete the program

All of these options allow you to extend your stay in the US, if you are eligible, apply in time and maintain status.


During this exceptional time, your health and safety are our primary concern. Here are some resources to help you protect your health and keep updated on the latest developments:

  • For tips to help reduce your risk of illness, including cold, flu and coronavirus, and information on contacting the University of Dayton Health Center, click here.
  • Other CDC tips for cold and flu prevention can be found here, and CDC information on COVID-19 is here
  • If you are feeling anxious or worried because of the news about COVID-19, we encourage students to contact the Counseling Center.
  • The University will remain vigilant, and as the situation evolves we will post any updates at

The University will also send campus wide communications when major changes in the situation occur. We encourage people to check the UD COVID-19 website regularly, as well as their university email. 

If you have any questions, please contact ISSS. We will remain open during this time at our regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

We encourage students to contact us by phone or email.

Phone 937-229-2748


Tim, Emily, Jonathon and Suzanne
International Student & Scholar Services