Fall 2020 and International Students

What to know for

Fall 2020

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In March 2020, SEVP published guidelines for international students and schools to allow for certain exemptions and modifications due to the COVID-19 crisis. On July 9, SEVP announced a new plan that would remove the temporary exemptions, and instead impose strict rules for international students who want or need to take online classes. On July 14, SEVP announced they would withdraw the new plan, so international students and schools are following the initial "status quo" guidance published in March. Details can be found in the original March 9 broadcast message and March 13 addendum, as well as the SEVP COVID FAQ.

Moving Forward to Fall

PSU is offering a combination of in-person and remote classes for Fall 2020, following the PSU Fall Flex format. Details can be found on PSU's Flexible Fall web page

Below are resources for PSU students about how the SEVP guidance applies to you and your situation. This information will be updated regularly.

Fall 2020 Update from Christina Luther, Director. August 3, 2020.

Fall 2020 Enrollment Guidelines

If you are a new or continuing PSU international student, please refer to the Fall Term FAQ for information about online enrollment requirements for Fall term. This is a living document that we update if the situation changes.

Transfer Students

If you have a pending SEVIS (F-1) transfer from another US school to PSU, this information is for you! This guide will help you understand your enrollment options and F-1 visa status for Fall 2020. The Transfer to PSU page provides general, non-COVID information about the transfer process.

In-Person Class Requirement

Certain international students entering the US must enroll in at least one class with an in-person component for Fall 2020 to maintain F-1 status:

  • Students entering the US for the first time on an Initial I-20
  • Students who are re-entering the US after transferring from a different university (Transfer Pending I-20)
  • Students who are re-entering the US to begin a new degree (Change of Education Level I-20)

The Office of International Affairs and the Intensive English Language Program have collaborated to offer four classes that will meet the in-person requirement and help you begin your program successfully. Please read the enclosed course descriptions for details.

Undergraduate Classes (LING 171 or LING 173)
Graduate Classes (LING 199 or LING 457)

Note that these are not the only in-person/hybrid courses at PSU, but they are good options if there are no in-person or hybrid classes available in your academic department. We encourage you to talk to your academic advisor to learn all your options!

Travel and Visa Information

Following the most recent update from SEVP, we will not update I-20s with a note about PSU's course delivery for Fall 2020. Instead, please print and use the Fall 2020 Entry Letter to facilitate your visa interview and/or entry to the US as a new student. 

For all students, we recommend to carry a copy of your class schedule in addition to your regular travel documents (passport, visa, I-20). 

If you are concerned about your ability to arrive before the term begins on September 28, please contact OIA@pdx.edu for assistance.

COVID-19 Resources

The Student Health and Counseling Center has provided recommendations for health screening if you are arriving to Oregon from another state or country. Please review the SHAC Arrival Guidelines below to prepare for your health screening. You can also find general COVID-19 resources on the SHAC website.