Planning for Spring Semester 2022
IU South Bend returned to mostly in-person instruction and normal operations beginning in Fall 2021.
Please note that in late April 2021 the U.S. government issued guidance for the 2021–2022 academic year. 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.
IU is requiring all students to have a COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines authorized by the FDA and/or World Health Organization meet IU's requirement. If you are not fully vaccinated by the time you arrive, you will be able to obtain the vaccine at IU. Learn more about IU's requirement here.
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 2022, you have the option of deferring to a future semester. You can defer your application or admission by returning to your Atlas.IU account and selecting a future semester.
Graduate students, work with your academic department to determine what deferral options are available.