Fall 2020 Planning

Planning for Fall Semester 2020

This page includes information based on SEVP's announcement on July 14 for F-1 students.

IU South Bend will offer a blend of in-person and online classes for Fall 2020. Below is our guidance for international F-1 students based on IU's plans and regulations from the U.S. government.

Contact us if you have any questions about how these changes will relate to your specific situation.

On July 14, the U.S. government rescinded the guidance from July 6 related to F-1 students. We await further clarification from the U.S. government, but until that information is available, we will return to the guidance issued for the spring 2020 semester.

Current Students

You may now enroll in all online courses and remain in the U.S. so long as you take a full courseload. If you are outside the U.S., you may take your classes online and keep your SEVIS record active, but you must be enrolled in a full course of study. If you choose to remain or return home and enroll for less than a full course of study, then we can terminate your SEVIS record and work with you to plan for a return into active status.

Newly Admitted Students in Initial F-1 Status

We are still awaiting guidance with respect to how your enrollment abroad will impact your SEVIS record. Regardless, you may enroll for classes from abroad, and in anticipation of the guidance, we encourage you to take a full courseload. You may opt to take less than a full courseload, if this works best for you, in which case we would defer your SEVIS record to a future semester.

Important Information

  • Fall 2020 and spring 2021 will be a blend of in-person and online instruction. The academic calendar indicates that all classes will be online November 30-February 7. Make sure you read Chancellor Susan Elrod's statement and our COVID-19 guidance to learn about what you can expect from IU South Bend and what IU South Bend will expect from you.
  • If you are outside the U.S. and unable to return to IU South Bend in August because of travel restrictions or visa issues:
    • IU will work with you to continue your degree online.
    • Read the information in the "Will my immigration status be impacted if I participate in classes from another country?" question below.
  • If you are outside the U.S. and plan to return to IU South Bend in August:
    • You will be required to spend 14 days in your residence (either on or off campus) monitoring your health and practicing physical distancing.
    • Read the information in the "Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive in South Bend?" question below.
    • You will need to maintain a full course of study (12 credits for undergraduates and 8 credits for graduates).

Obtaining a visa

Although the U.S. has not resumed routine visa processing, you may be able to obtain a visa through expedited processing. This option is often available for new or continuing students and scholars if there are no regular appointments available and you need to travel to the U.S. within 60 days.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate near you to learn if this option is available.

Review the entry restrictions

Make sure you review the entry restrictions the U.S. has imposed related to COVID-19. These restrictions may remain in place indefinitely, so you should plan your fall travel with this in mind.

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