COVID-19 Related Immigration Updates

Travelling to the United State and Immigration Updates Related to COVID-19


This page provides helpful updates and resources for students, faculty and staff looking for information on F1 and J1 (exchange student) visa and travel regulations during COVID-19.

May 27, 2021 (most recent update)

On May 27, the Department of State posted an update with further information about a National Interest Exemption (NIE) to current and new students on F1 and M1 visas planning to enter the US from the following countries/areas: Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland,  Schengen Area, South Africa and United.  According to the update,

Students with valid F-1 or M-1 visas traveling to begin or continue an academic program do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel.  They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies.  NIE eligibility for students who have been present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, or South Africa applies only to programs that begin on or after August 1, 2021. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.

Please note that the announcement stipulates that students from these areas cannot travel to the USA prior to 30 days before the semester begins.  

To read the May 27, 2021 update please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/national-interest-exceptions-for-certain-travelers-from-china-Iran-india-brazil-south-africa-schengen-area-united-kingdom-and-ireland.html

Please note that these restrictions are evolving and may be updated at any time.  For updates please read “US Visa News” at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Before making travel plans students should contact their airline for information on travel regulations.

Please note that entry into the United States is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Fall 2021 Travel and Immigration Information to
CONTINUING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Please read these RECENT travel/immigration updates for CONTINUING students. Non-immigrant policies are evolving, these answers may change prior to the beginning of the fall semester, please continue to check these FAQs at regular intervals.

The countries covered by COVID-related entry restrictions are:

Brazil
China
India
Iran
Ireland

Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
South Africa
United Kingdom

Please note that these restrictions are evolving and may be updated at any time.  For updates please check “US Visa News” at:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html

On May 27, the Department of State posted an update with further information about a National Interest Exemption (NIE) to current and new students on F1 and M1 visas planning to enter the US from the following countries/areas: Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, Schengen Area, South Africa and United Kingdom. According to the update,

Students with valid F-1 or M-1 visas traveling to begin or continue an academic program do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel.  They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies.  NIE eligibility for students who have been present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, or South Africa applies only to programs that begin on or after August 1, 2021. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.

To read the May 27, 2021 update please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/national-interest-exceptions-for-certain-travelers-from-china-Iran-india-brazil-south-africa-schengen-area-united-kingdom-and-ireland.html

Please note that these restrictions are evolving and may be updated at any time.  For updates please read “US Visa News” at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Before making travel plans students should contact their airline for information on travel regulations.

Please note that entry into the United States is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Please note that the announcement stipulates that students from these areas cannot travel to the USA prior to 30 days before the semester begins.

The National Interest Exemption relates to travelers coming from the areas listed above, in this FAQ.  However, because immigration regulations are constantly evolving, students must check with their nearest American embassy or consulates for recent updates.  Another resource is the Department of State website under

“US Visa News” at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Before making travel plans please contact your airline for information on travel regulations.

Students must check updates from the Department of State regarding guidelines for traveling into the United States due to COVID-19 before making travel plans: 
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html

Please also check with the USA embassy or consulate in your country.

Before making travel plans please contact your airline for information on travel regulations.

YES!  All International students must complete the SEVIS Registration Form at https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-sevis-registration-information as soon as possible.  We will use this information to make any required notation in your SEVIS records.

*Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

If you are currently abroad, your I-20 has been signed in the past 12 months from your scheduled entry date into the USA for fall 2021, you should not need a new signature on your I-20.  

If you are currently abroad, your I-20 has not been signed in the past 12 months from your scheduled entry into the USA for fall 2021, and you plan to return to the United States, please contact iss@bgsu.edu and request an electronic I-20 with an updated travel signature.

It is important to remember that entry into the US is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). There is always an assumed risk for students while crossing the border. Students should research travel plans, including layovers in countries that are on the travel ban list or require quarantine. Students should ensure they have all needed documents pertaining to their immigration status. We suggest that students also have contact information from our office, which can be reached during normal business hours. During afterhours we suggest contacting the BGSU Campus Police, who can in turn contact one of our staff members.

        BGSU Campus Police: 419-372-2346
        International Programs and Partnerships: 419-372-2247 or international@bgsu.edu  

Documents:
For a complete list of documents to bring with you, please visit:

https://www.bgsu.edu/international-programs-and-partnerships/international-student-services/future-students/immigration/traveling-out-of-country.html

We also recommend a copy of this web page to show BGSU will have the following instructional models for Fall 2021: https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/class-search-help.html

BGSU students are NOT required to quarantine once they arrive on campus from abroad.

Students looking for on-campus employment for Fall 2021 must start their search as soon as possible through Handshake (https://www.bgsu.edu/student-employment-services/handshake.html). Please note, however, that BGSU cannot guarantee employment opportunities.

Current undergraduate and graduate students on a F-1 visa who left the US and choose to remain overseas for the Fall 2021 semester will continue to have an active SEVIS record as long as:

  • They maintain a full course load (a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduates/8 credit hours for graduates)
  • They are making normal progress towards completing their degree

Please note, however, that BGSU’s Fall 2021 class schedule has been posted and classes offered will follow these instructional modes: https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/class-search-help.html Please read carefully the ones noted “New Fall 2021”, as they require in-person attendance. BGSU has planned for the majority of courses to be in-person or blended.  Both of these formats require in-person attendanceTherefore, take this into consideration when planning your fall 2021 schedule.

Undergraduate students who plan to take classes from their home country in the fall must contact their advisors for assistance.

Graduate students who plan to take classes from their home country in the fall must contact their Graduate Coordinators for guidance.

Undergraduate International Students
Undergraduate international students who take classes from abroad and have the University Freshman Academic Scholarship or BG Success Scholarship will be able to receive their scholarships for Fall 2021 IF they maintain full-time status, that is, if they enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours (typically 4 classes) for the duration of the fall semester.

If they enroll in or drop to fewer than 12 credit hours, they will not be eligible for these scholarships in Fall 2021.  When they return in Spring 2022, their scholarship(s) can be applied again as long as the student files an appeal with Student Financial Aid, maintains full-time status (12 credit hours minimum) and meets all the criteria specified in the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

For more information please visit the Financial Aid during COVID-19 web page:

https://www.bgsu.edu/financial-aid/COVID-19-and-Financial-Aid.html

Graduate scholarships: Graduate students must contact their respective departments for inquiries.

Students who are not returning to BGSU in the fall must complete the Fall 2021 SEVIS Registration Information form and indicate their request to waive the student health insurance coverage for fall 2021: https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-sevis-registration-information

Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email from the Student Insurance Office confirming the approval of your request. Please allow 2-4 business days for this process to take place.

Current undergraduate and graduate students on a F-1 visa who left the US and choose to remain overseas for the Fall 2021 semester and not take classes will have their SEVIS record terminated. To return to the US at a later date they will have to request for a new I-20 to be issued; this will also imply in submitting financial documents, as well as paying for the SEVIS fee again. Please note that remaining abroad for a semester or more will affect your ability to apply for an OPT and may also affect your scholarship(s). Please refer to question above

Undergraduate students who plan to take classes from their home country in the fall must notify their advisors.

Graduate students who plan to take classes from their home country in the fall must contact their Graduate Coordinators for all question regarding not taking classes in fall 2021.

Please be aware that COVID-19, other than a medical condition, is not considered a valid reason to drop below a full course load. Petitions that indicate COVID-19 or challenges directly related to COVID-19 as the reason for the request will not be approved.

International students should be aware that non-immigrant regulations can change at any time due to the uncertainty brought by COVID.  Travelling internationally currently poses a risk when returning to the USA. Most schools are not recommending international travel at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact the International Programs and Partnerships team at iss@bgsu.edu or call 419.372.2247

Fall 2021 Travel and Immigration Information to
INITIAL STATUS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Non-immigrant policies are evolving, these answers may change prior to the beginning of the fall semester, please continue to check these FAQs at regular intervals.

Please note that the term INITIAL STATUS STUDENT applies to the following students:

  • Students who are currently abroad, have never taken a class from BGSU and plan to be on-campus in person in the fall
  • Students who took BGSU classes online from abroad in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 and plan to be on-campus in person in the fall for the first time
  • Students who are currently in the USA but transferring to BGSU from another university to start their degree in person in the fall

The countries covered by COVID-related entry restrictions are:

Brazil
China
India
Iran
Ireland

Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
South Africa
United Kingdom

Please note that these restrictions are evolving and may be updated at any time.  For updates please check “US Visa News” at

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html

On May 27, the Department of State posted an update with further information about a National Interest Exemption (NIE) to current and new students on F1 and M1 visas planning to enter the US from the following countries/areas: Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, Schengen Area, South Africa and United Kingdom. According to the update,

Students with valid F-1 or M-1 visas traveling to begin or continue an academic program do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel.  They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies.  NIE eligibility for students who have been present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, or South Africa applies only to programs that begin on or after August 1, 2021. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.

To read the May 27, 2021 update please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/national-interest-exceptions-for-certain-travelers-from-china-Iran-india-brazil-south-africa-schengen-area-united-kingdom-and-ireland.html

Please note that these restrictions are evolving and may be updated at any time.  For updates please read “US Visa News” at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Before making travel plans students should contact their airline for information on travel regulations.

Please note that entry into the United States is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Please note that the announcement stipulates that students from these areas cannot travel to the USA prior to 30 days before the semester begins.

The National Interest Exemption relates to travelers coming from the areas listed in #1 in this FAQ.  However, because immigration regulations are constantly evolving, students must check with their nearest American embassy or consulates for recent updates.  Another resource is the Department of State website under

“US Visa News” at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Before making travel plans please contact your airline for information on travel regulations.

Students must check updates from the Department of State regarding guidelines for traveling into the United States due to COVID-19 before making travel plans: 
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html

Please also check with the USA embassy or consulate in your country.

Before making travel plans please contact your airline for information on travel regulations.

YES!  All International students must complete the New Student Registration Form at https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-sevis-registration-information as soon as possible.  We will use this information to make any required notation in your SEVIS records.

*Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

It is important to remember that entry into the US is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). There is always an assumed risk for students while crossing the border. Students should research travel plans, including layovers in countries that are on the list of countries with limited entry to the US or require quarantine. Students should ensure they have all needed documents pertaining to their immigration status. We suggest that students also have contact information from our office, which can be reached during normal business hours. During afterhours we suggest contacting the BGSU Campus Police, who can in turn contact one of our staff members.

        BGSU Campus Police: 419-372-2346
        International Programs and Partnerships: 419-372-2247 or international@bgsu.edu  

Documents:
For a complete list of documents to bring with you, please visit:

https://www.bgsu.edu/international-programs-and-partnerships/international-student-services/future-students/immigration/traveling-out-of-country.html

We also recommend a copy of this web page to show BGSU will have the following instructional models for Fall 2021: https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/class-search-help.html

BGSU students are not required to quarantine once they arrive on campus from abroad.

All UNDERGRADUATE students in initial status will be registered by BGSU advisors after August 2, 2021.  UNDERGRADUATE international students will be registered in as many in-person or blended classes as available towards the required 12 credit hours for full time status. International Programs and Partnerships will send you further information regarding the registration process to your BGSU email closer to August 2.

GRADUATE STUDENTS will be registered by their departments prior to their arrival.  We strongly encourage GRADUATE international students to be registered in as many in-person or blended classes as available towards the required 8 credit hours for full time status.  If you have any questions about your schedule, please contact your department/Graduate Coordinator.

PLEASE NOTE: BGSU has planned for the majority of Fall 2021 courses to be in an in-person or blended format.  The blended option requires partial in-person attendance. Therefore, take this into consideration when planning your schedule.  For more information on modes of instruction please visit https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/class-search-help.html

According to federal regulations, international students can work on campus up to 20 hours a week.  New students looking for on-campus employment for Fall 2021 can begin their search through Handshake (https://www.bgsu.edu/student-employment-services/handshake.html) after the semester has started.  Please note, however, that BGSU cannot guarantee employment opportunities.

BGSU has a webpage with specific information about COVID-19 and how the university is prepared for it: https://www.bgsu.edu/covid19.html

If unable to come to the US due to COVID 19, you may start your degree program online from abroad.  If you choose this option, you must notify our office, International Programs and Partnerships, by completing the New Student Registration as soon as possible:  https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-new-student-semester-registration-form

Graduate Students MUST discuss the online option with their graduate advisors before choosing this option.

Please note: Undergraduate and graduate students who choose to remain overseas for the Fall 2021 semester and not take classes will have their SEVIS record terminated. To return to the US at a later date they will have to request for a new I-20 to be issued; this will also imply in submitting financial documents, as well as paying for the SEVIS fee again.

PLEASE NOTE: BGSU has planned for the majority of Fall 2021 courses to be in an in-person or blended format.  The blended option requires partial in-person attendance. Therefore, take this into consideration when planning to study from abroad.  For more information on modes of instruction please visit https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes.html

No. If you take classes from abroad you will not need an I-20 or a visa. You will only need an I-20 and a visa when you decide to come to the USA. However, if you choose this option, you must notify our office, International Programs and Partnerships, by completing the New Student Registration form as soon as possible so we can send you a new I-20 for the 2022 spring semester:  https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-new-student-semester-registration-form.

Undergraduate and graduate students who choose to remain overseas for the Fall 2021 semester and not take classes will have their SEVIS record terminated. To return to the US at a later date they will have to request for a new I-20 to be issued; this will also imply in submitting financial documents, as well as paying for the SEVIS fee again.

Undergraduate students who want to take online classes from their own country in the fall MUST FIRST complete the New Student Registration form as soon as possible to tell us of your decision at https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-new-student-semester-registration-form.

Once we receive your survey answer, we will plan your class schedule after August 2.

Graduate students who want to take online classes from their own country in the fall MUST contact their Graduate Coordinators to discuss their decision and MUST also notify our office, International Programs and Partnerships, by completing the New Student Registration form as soon as possible:  https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-new-student-semester-registration-form.

PLEASE NOTE: BGSU has planned for the majority of Fall 2021 courses to be in an in-person and blended format.  The blended option requires partial in-person attendance. Therefore, take this into consideration when planning to study from abroad.  For more information on modes of instruction please visit https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes.html

Undergraduate international students who take classes from abroad and have the University Freshman Academic Scholarship or BG Success Scholarship will be able to receive their scholarships for Fall 2021 IF they maintain full-time status, that is, if they enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours (typically 4 classes) for the duration of the fall semester.

If they enroll in or drop to fewer than 12 credit hours, they will not be eligible for these scholarships in Fall 2021.  When they return in Spring 2022, their scholarship(s) can be applied again as long as the student files an appeal with Student Financial Aid, maintains full-time status (12 credit hours minimum) and meets all the criteria specified in the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

For more information please visit the Financial Aid during COVID-19 web page:

https://www.bgsu.edu/financial-aid/COVID-19-and-Financial-Aid.html

PLEASE NOTE: BGSU has planned for the majority of Fall 2021 courses to be in an in person or blended format.  The blended option requires partial in-person attendance. Therefore, take this into consideration when planning to study from abroad.  For more information on modes of instruction please visit https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/class-search-help.html

Graduate international students MUST contact their respective graduate coordinators for any inquiries about graduate assistantships.

PLEASE NOTE: BGSU has planned for the majority of Fall 2021 courses to be in an in-person or blended format.  The blended option requires partial in-person attendance. Therefore, take this into consideration when planning to study from abroad.  For more information on modes of instruction please visit https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes.html

If you take classes from abroad, you will not need an I-20. If coming to the US at a later semester, graduate and undergraduate students will need to request a new I-20.  They must complete  the International Programs and Partnerships survey  at https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-new-student-semester-registration-form to inform us of their decision.

Undergraduate and graduate students who choose to remain overseas for the Fall 2021 semester and not take classes will have their SEVIS record terminated. To return to the US at a later date they will have to request for a new I-20 to be issued; this will also imply in submitting financial documents, as well as paying for the SEVIS fee again.

PLEASE NOTE: BGSU has planned for the majority of Fall 2021 courses to be in an in-person format or blended format.  The blended option requires partial in-person attendance. Therefore, take this into consideration when planning to study from abroad.  For more information on modes of instruction please visit https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/class-search-help.html

Students who will not come to BGSU in the fall or will not be taking online classes must complete the New Student Registration form and notify our office, International Programs and Partnerships, of their plans as soon as possible: https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-new-student-semester-registration-form

By notifying our office of your plans through the New Student Registration form, you will avoid being charged tuition and health insurance fees. 

Graduate students MUST also contact the Graduate College at gradapply@bgsu.edu for information on how to or if they can defer their admission to spring 2022.

Undergraduate and graduate students who choose to remain overseas for the Fall 2021 semester and not take classes will have their SEVIS record terminated. To return to the US at a later date they will have to request for a new I-20 to be issued; this will also imply in submitting financial documents, as well as paying for the SEVIS fee again.

If you have any questions, please contact the International Programs and Partnerships team at iss@bgsu.edu or call 419.372.2247.

Fall 2021 Travel and Immigration Information to
NEW J1/EXCHANGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The countries covered by COVID-related entry restrictions are:

    Brazil
    China
    India
    Iran
    Ireland
    Schengen Area
(Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
    South Africa
    United Kingdom

Please note that these restrictions are evolving and may be updated at any time.  For updates please check “US Visa News” at:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html

On May 5th, the Agexchange program posted an announcement regarding the National Interest Exemption for individuals on J1 visas.  One of the paragraphs stated:

Also, in keeping with the Department’s commitment to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States, Secretary Blinken announced this week that the Department will apply several National Interest Exceptions to all regional travel restrictions currently in effect as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. Students seeking to commence studies in the fall, certain academics, journalists, individuals who provide critical infrastructure support, and their dependent family members who have been present in countries affected by a geographic COVID-19 restriction may now qualify for a National Interest Exception. This includes qualified applicants who have been present in Brazil, India, China, Iran, or South Africa within a 14-day period prior to their prospective entry into the United States. This National Interest Exception applies to academic programs beginning on or after August 1, 2021.

Please note that new students can only enter the country 30 days prior to the starting date of their program.  BGSU’s fall semester starts on August 26, 2021.

To read the May 5th announcement from AGexchange please visit: https://www.nafsa.org/sites/default/files/media/document/EVP2021FAQsBroadcast.pdf

Pease note that these restrictions are evolving and may be updated at any time.  For updates please read “US Visa News” at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Before making travel plans students should contact their airline for information on travel regulations.

Please note that entry into the United States is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

The National Interest Exemption relates to travelers coming from the areas listed in #1 in this FAQ.  However, because immigration regulations are constantly evolving, students must check with their nearest American embassy or consulates for recent updates.  Another resource is the Department of State website under

“US Visa News” at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Before making travel plans please contact your airline for information on travel regulations.

Students must check updates from the Department of State regarding guidelines for traveling into the United States due to COVID-19 before making travel plans: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html

Please also check with the USA embassy or consulate in your country.

Before making travel plans please contact your airline for information on travel regulations.

YES!  All International students must complete the New Student Registration Form at https://bgsu.presence.io/form/fall-2021-sevis-registration-information as soon as possible.  We will use this information to make any required notation in your SEVIS records. Please note that you are expected to participate in Orientation as it is mandatory for all students who have not previously attended BGSU. For more information about Fall 2021 Orientation, please visit our website at: https://www.bgsu.edu/international-programs-and-partnerships/international-student-services/future-students/orientation.html

*Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

It is important to remember that entry into the US is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). There is always an assumed risk for students while crossing the border. Students should research travel plans, including layovers in countries that are on the list of countries with limited entry to the US or require quarantine. Students should ensure they have all needed documents pertaining to their immigration status. We suggest that students also have contact information from our office, which can be reached during normal business hours. During afterhours we suggest contacting the BGSU Campus Police, who can in turn contact one of our staff members.

        BGSU Campus Police: 419-372-2346
        International Programs and Partnerships: 419-372-2247 or international@bgsu.edu  

Documents:
For a complete list of documents to bring with you, please visit:

https://www.bgsu.edu/international-programs-and-partnerships/international-student-services/future-students/immigration/traveling-out-of-country.html

We also recommend a copy of this web page to show BGSU will have the following instructional models for Fall 2021: https://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes.html

BGSU students are not required to quarantine once they arrive on campus from abroad.

Exchange students will be registered by International Programs and Partnerships’ Education Abroad prior to arriving on campus.  You will be notified by Michelle Ploeger, Education Abroad Coordinator (mploege@bgsu.edu) of your schedule.

According to federal regulations, international students can work on campus up to 20 hours a week.  New students looking for on-campus employment for Fall 2021 can begin their search through Handshake (https://www.bgsu.edu/student-employment-services/handshake.html) after the semester has started.  Please note, however, that BGSU cannot guarantee employment opportunities.

BGSU has a webpage with specific information about COVID-19 and how the university is prepared for it: https://www.bgsu.edu/covid19.html

If you have any questions, please contact the International Programs and Partnerships team at iss@bgsu.edu or call 419.372.2247