Spring 2021 Planning

Planning for Spring Semester 2021

IU South Bend is preparing for a blend of in-person and online classes for Spring 2021.

Please note that the U.S. government has not issued guidance specifically for Spring 2021. We are providing the information below based on the most recent guidance. We will update you and your academic advisors if the government provides new information.

Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students in F-1 Status

If you were 1) enrolled at IU South Bend in Fall 2020, or 2) transferred to IU South Bend on the same SEVIS record under which you had studied at another school or English language program, or 3) were granted authorization for OPT, you may take all of your classes online in Spring 2021.

You may take this coursework outside the U.S. or within the U.S. Please note that in order to maintain an active record in SEVIS, you must register for a full course load according to whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. If this is your final semester and you require fewer credits than a full course load, you will need to complete and submit, together with your academic advisor, a Reduced Course Load authorization form before the start of the Spring 2021 Semester, January 19, 2021.

You may opt to take a leave of absence if you plan to remain outside the country and want to take no classes or fewer classes than required. This option means that we must terminate your SEVIS record. For more information, please contact the OISS.

Newly Admitted Undergraduate and Graduate Students in F-1 Status

Undergraduate students can select one of three options outlined below for Spring 2021: start your degree program online, travel to Bloomington for in-person classes, or defer your admission to a future semester.

Graduate students will need to work with their academic department to determine their options.