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Fall 2021 Info for International Students

Fall 2021 Info for International Students

This page includes information for new and continuing international students about fall 2021. 


We’ve separated this page into three sections:

  1. Key Information - These are some of the most important points to understand.
  2. Immigration & Travel - Answers to your questions about immigration and travel.
  3. Testing, Quarantine & Vaccinations

 

Key Information

UD Plans for Fall 2021

UD is offering primarily in-person course options for undergraduate students. Therefore, undergraduate students will not have options for blended or fully remote course modalities except in rare, extenuating circumstances. Undergraduates intending to continue their studies should plan to be on campus. Graduate students must check with their programs to see what course modalities are offered. Students in graduate programs that offer only in-person courses should plan to be on campus. 

Scroll down to the Enrollment Requirements section for a detailed breakdown by student category.

 

US Immigration Guidance

Earlier this summer, the US government extended guidance providing certain flexibilities for online study. Specifically:

  • Students who were in active F-1 or J-1 status since March 9, 2020, and have continued to maintain status, are eligible to study entirely online. 
  • Students who started or resumed active F-1 or J-1 status after March 9, 2020 are required to enroll in at least one or more in-person or blended courses in Fall 2021 in order to maintain status. This applies to new students starting their studies in Fall 2021.

Note: to be considered in active status, a student must have been admitted to the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status and continued to maintain status. 

While the guidance may allow students certain flexibilities, UD’s plans for the Fall 2021 semester determine what options students have. 

UD COVID Guidelines

While not required, UD strongly urges students to receive a COVID vaccination. Both FDA and WHO approved vaccines are acceptable. There are benefits to vaccination:

  • International students who have not been vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-authorized vaccine must quarantine for 7 full days after travel AND get tested 3-5 days after arrival. These students will also be subject to periodic surveillance testing.
  • International students who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine but must still be tested.

Depending on your vaccination status, different protocols apply. Scroll down to the Testing, Quarantine, and Vaccinations section for more details about what to expect when you enter the US and arrive to campus.

Immigration & Travel

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. This guidance allows students to engage in distance learning in excess of normal limits due to the continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19.



Enrollment Requirements

UD Plans for Fall 2021

UD is offering primarily in-person course options for undergraduate students. Therefore, undergraduate students will not have options for blended or fully remote course modalities except in rare, extenuating circumstances. Undergraduates intending to continue their studies should plan to be on campus. Graduate students must check with their programs to see what course modalities are offered. Students in graduate programs that offer only in-person courses should plan to be on campus. 

Scroll down for a detailed breakdown by student category.

 

US Immigration Guidance

Earlier this summer, the US government extended guidance providing certain flexibilities for online study. Specifically:

 

  • Students who were in active F-1 or J-1 status since March 9, 2020, and have continued to maintain status, are eligible to study entirely online. 
  • Students who started or resumed active F-1 or J-1 status after March 9, 2020 are required to enroll in at least one or more in-person or blended courses in Fall 2021 in order to maintain status. This applies to new students starting their studies in Fall 2021.

Note: to be considered in active status, a student must have been admitted to the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status and continued to maintain status. 

While the guidance may allow students certain flexibilities, UD’s plans for the Fall 2021 semester determine what options students have. 

To help student determine their enrollment requirements, we’ve created this table:

Can study entirely online?
New students -- first time to U.S. NO.
New students -- regaining status NO. If you obtained a new I-20 to return to campus to continue or start a new program in the Fall 2021 semester due to dismissal, an absence from the US of 5 or more months, or previous failure to maintain status, you cannot study entirely online.
Intensive English Program students

IT DEPENDS. IEP courses are entirely in-person in Fall 2021.


New students who are unable to come to the U.S. may request to study remotely. Contact IEP directly at iep@udayton.edu for authorization first.

Undergraduate students

UNLIKELY. UD is offering primarily in-person course options for undergraduate students. Therefore, undergraduate students will not have options for blended or fully remote course modalities except in rare, extenuating circumstances.

Graduate students

IT DEPENDS. Were you in active F-1 or J-1 status on or before Mar 9, 2020? And are you still in active F-1 or J-1 status? If the answer is ‘Yes’, you can study entirely online, if your program has the coursework to support this.

 

If your program is entirely in-person, you do not have options to study online/remotely.

 

Travel Requirements
If you are preparing to travel to the US, this section will explain what documents to prepare, testing and quarantine guidelines, and potential travel restrictions if you are from an affected country.


Documentation to prepare

Review our travel reminders to know what academic and immigration documents to prepare to ease your entry into the US. Some may find this ISSS fall return letter helpful.


Country Specific Travel Restrictions

Some students may be affected by US travel restrictions. Four COVID-19-related presidential proclamations limit entry to the United States by individuals who were physically present in a covered country during the 14-day period prior to their planned entry or attempted entry to the United States.

 

The Countries Affected by Travel Restrictions

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
  • United Kingdom
  • South Africa
  • India

In May 2021, The Department of State (DOS) updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) page to allow greater flexibility for F-1 and J-1 students to travel to the US from China, India, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. 

Students and scholars subject to these restrictions may qualify for an NIE only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later. Dependent family members accompanying the principal visa holder are also exempted.

On June 29, 2021, DOS extended the validity of NIEs. Unless otherwise indicated, existing NIEs will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, as long as they are used for the purpose under which they were granted.

This extension applies to travelers subject to these proclamations due to their presence in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India who currently have approved NIEs or who were granted NIEs in conjunction with a visa application.

Students with valid F-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program, including optional practical training (OPT), starting August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to travel. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.

J-1 students and scholars who have a valid visa should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling, if they believe they may qualify for a National Interest Exception. If a National Interest Exception is approved, they may enter on a valid visa.  This provision, though, is applicable "only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later."

What does this mean for you?

  • Continuing students (students who were in the US previously in F-1 status) from the above countries can only enter the US 30 days before Aug 1. Thirty days before that is July 2 -- which is the earliest a continuing student can return. This includes students on OPT.
  • New students (first time to the US) from the above countries cannot enter the US until July 18 at the earliest.

Testing, Quarantine, and Vaccines

All air passengers coming to the United States, including international students, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Click here to learn more.

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With COVID impacting travel developments all over the world, we recommend that you monitor developments in your home country and the US to see if your travel could be impacted.

Although UD has met its goal of a 70% vaccination rate on campus, we strongly encourage everyone on campus to be fully vaccinated. Along with the benefits to our community, individuals who are vaccinated will be freed from entry or surveillance testing and will not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact. 

UD’s quarantine and testing requirements for students traveling into the U.S. are based on vaccination status and when arriving time. Refer to the table below to determine which applies to you.

When Arriving

Requirements

Unvaccinated students

Arriving on campus within 14 days of entering the US

Must quarantine, must test within 3-5 days

Arriving on campus more than 14 days after entering the US

Not required to quarantine, must test within 3-5 days

Vaccinated students

Arriving on campus within 14 days of entering the US

Not required to quarantine, must test within 3-5 days

Arriving on campus more than 14 days after entering the US

Not required to quarantine, not required to test

 

Getting Tested
There are many options for testing. Choose the one that works best for you.

  • Student Health Center summer hours (through Aug. 12): 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Student Health Center fall semester hours (starting Aug. 16): 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Cost $20.
  • Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care (starting Aug. 23): 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore.
  • UD Health Center. Call 937-229-3131 to schedule an appointment. The cost of testing is $20, which can be submitted to insurance as a claim.
  • CVS Pharmacy. Schedule on their website. Free with insurance.
  • Walgreens Pharmacy. Schedule on their website. Free with insurance.

Visit Ohio's testing center website for more options.

Getting the Vaccine
In Ohio, you can schedule an appointment through the state's streamlined vaccine tool, or book directly with a local provider, such as Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County or Premier Health. New appointments are posted regularly. Visit UD’s COVID-19 website for more details.

 

CONTACT

International Student and Scholar Services

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469
937-229-2748
Email