IU South Bend returned to mostly in-person instruction and normal operations beginning in Fall 2021.
Most classes will be in-person, but some academic programs may offer hybrid or online course enrollment. Thus, F-1 students at IU continue to fall under the Department of Homeland Security's immigration guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic for Spring 2022.
This means that if you were studying in the U.S. before the onset of pandemic, you are permitted to enroll in only online courses for spring 2022 from a regulatory perspective. However, your academic program determines what course types are available for your enrollment, and you need to work with them to determine if you have an option for online study.
If you are a new student for spring 2022, you need to enroll in at least one in-person class (coded as P, HY, IN, or IS on class schedules).
Regardless of whether you are online or in-person, you need to meet all appropriate immigration status regulations. The OISS is available to help in case you have any student support services or visa- and travel-related questions. You should direct other academic program questions to your academic unit.
Planning for Fall 2022 and Beyond
We expect the flexibility of the U.S. government and agencies governing F immigration status to end after Spring 2022. Please plan to return to the normal immigration regulations regarding online enrollment. We will continue to update you.