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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 is offering only in-person course options for undergraduate students. Therefore, there is no option to study remotely. Students intending to continue their undergraduate 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 or mostly in-person courses should plan to be on campus. 

International students who started their studies after Mar 9, 2020 cannot study entirely online. They must take at least one credit of blended or in-person classes to maintain status. This applies to new students starting their studies in fall 2021.

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. Also subject to periodic surveillance testing.
  • International students who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine but must still be tested.

Travelers should also be aware of testing requirements to enter the US. Check if your airline or destination requires any health information, testing, or other documents. Some destinations require testing before travel and/or after arrival.

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 is offering only in-person course options for undergraduate students. Therefore, there is no option to study remotely. 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 or mostly in-person courses should plan to be on campus. 

International students who started their studies after Mar 9, 2020 cannot study entirely online. They must take at least one credit of blended or in-person classes to maintain status. This applies to new students starting their studies in fall 2021.

 

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 helpful 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. 

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) 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) cannot enter the US until July 24 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.

While UD does not require students to receive COVID vaccinations, we strongly encourage everyone on campus to be fully vaccinated. The level of vaccination in our community will shape decisions for fall semester governing events and activities as well as room capacities and guest policies, among others.

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. However, anyone returning to the US from international travel (vaccinated or not) must get tested three to five days after arrival but not have to quarantine. Click here to read more about UD’s efforts to meet a 70% vaccination rate on campus, including where to get the vaccine in Dayton. 

The federal government is providing the vaccine at no cost to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. 

CONTACT

International Student and Scholar Services

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469
937-229-2748
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