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International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services

COVID-19 Update

Spring 2021 Guidance

Federal guidance for international students will remain the same for the spring term, according to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS has yet to issue official guidance but the remarks by the DHS spokeswoman are a strong indication that students should expect the same flexibility as before.

We've adjusted our recommendations for students based on new information. Please read below carefully.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you started your studies in the US in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, you must take at least one credit of face-to-face or blended courses to maintain status.
  • Continuing students who started their studies in the US prior to Summer 2020 may study entirely online but may also choose to take in-person or blended courses. In total, these courses must equal a full courseload -- 12 credits for undergraduates, 6 credits graduate programs.
  • Continuing students who started their studies in the US prior to Summer 2020 but are now outside of the US and unable to return to Dayton must register full-time in online courses to maintain their immigration statuses.
  • New students can come to UD, if they can obtain visas, but cannot be registered entirely online. New students are students who have never studied in the US before. A new student registering for at least one credit of face-to-face or blended courses can maintain his or her immigration status.


ISSS does not recommend international travel if students have expired visas, and they plan to return to the US.  Visa appointments are difficult to schedule and the chance of delay or denial is possible. 

If students still plan to travel, they should be aware that developments in their home countries, in the US, or globally may affect their travel plans and subsequently their plans to study or work in the US.  UD is unable to provide "exit" testing. If students require COVID testing prior to leaving the US, they should visit a local pharmacy.  Walgreens, CVS, Little Clinic (inside some Krogers) all offer testing without doctor referral.  Appointments are required.  

ISSS will notify students when we have more information.  Check your UD email regularly for messages from ISSS and visit UD's Path Forward website to stay up-to-date on UD's plans for teaching, learning, promoting safety and lessening risk of COVID.

ISSS Mission

International Student and Scholar Services provides students and exchange visitors with immigration advising, workshops, and orientation, as well as social and extracurricular activities. ISSS extends its services and support to international faculty and research scholars and their dependents. Through collaboration with other departments and organizations, ISSS advocates on behalf of international students to ensure their academic, personal, and career goals.

ISSS Office Schedule

ISSS staff are available virtually from 8:30am-4:30pm on weekdays. Staff are available in the office from 9:00-11:00 am Monday-Friday if you need to visit in person.

To best serve you please keep in mind the following:

  • Most questions can be answered by phone, email, or virtual advising during normal business hours.  If your questions are not urgent, we ask that you first email
  • Most immigration process requests can now be submitted digitally using the ISSS request form
  • Virtual advising hour is 2:00 to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:00 to 10:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday.  Click this Zoom link to join a virtual advising hour.
  • Please email us to request a phone or video appointment with an advisor if your question is not answered by email and you are unable to attend the virtual advising hour.
  • In-person advising is only available by appointment, for urgent cases.
  • We will still be receiving and sending mail from Rike Center 204. I-20s, DS-2019s, and other immigration documents will be mailed to you as necessary. 
Contact ISSS

Rike Center, Room 204 (View campus map >>)
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1701

phone: 937-229-2748

Stay Informed: The ISSS newsletter contains important news and information.  Click here to read current and past editions.

Emily Grasso, Associate Director of Student Services
Jonathon Henderson, Immigration Coordinator
Tim Kao, Director


International Student and Scholar Services

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469