Planning for Fall Semester 2021
IU South Bend is preparing for in-person instruction and a return to mostly normal operations in Fall 2021.
Please note that in late April 2021 the U.S. government issued guidance for Fall 2021. The current guidance (originally issued in March 2020) regarding F-1 students in online classes will be continued. As a reminder, continuing F-1 students may count online classes toward a full course load and may opt to take all online classes, and new F-1 students will need to be registered for at least 1 in-person or hybrid class and cannot take a full online course load.
We understand it may be difficult to arrange for travel to the U.S. at this time. If you choose to start online, know that we will do all we can to help you succeed academically and lay the foundation for continued study once you arrive in the U.S. Graduate students, you will need to work with your academic department to determine how an online start option will be implemented for your degree.
Immigration and visa considerations
You may enroll in a part-time or full-time course of study from outside the U.S. You will not need an I-20 for this, but we will work with you to provide an immigration document once you are ready to travel to the U.S.
If you are interested in Curricular Practical Training (work authorization typically used for internships), be aware that you have to be inside the U.S. for a full academic year before you are eligible for CPT.
Undergraduate students, if you chose not to enroll for Spring 2021, you have the option of deferring to Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. You will keep any scholarship awards you have been offered.
Graduate students, work with your academic department to determine what deferral options are available.