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How COVID-19 Affects International Students

Liberty University’s policy is in compliance with the CDC’s guidance on International Travel. The policy is as follows:

Unvaccinated Persons:

  • Before arrival to the United States, unvaccinated persons are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel, unvaccinated persons are required to get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel, and quarantine for a full 7 days regardless of test result.
  • If an unvaccinated person chooses to forego testing, they must quarantine for a full 10 days. Click here for more information.
  • If the test result is positive, quarantine is required.

Vaccinated Persons:

  • Before arrival to the United States, vaccinated persons are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel, vaccinated persons are required to get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and self-monitor for symptoms. Click here for more information.
  • If the test result is positive, quarantine is required.

Additional Guidelines

  • We encourage you to make arrangements for how you will quarantine before you arrive in Lynchburg. The requirement to quarantine for travel inside the U.S. has been lifted. Therefore, if you do not travel outside of the U.S., you will not need to quarantine.
  • Traveling outside of the country. If you decide to travel outside the U.S., please remember to carry all your immigration documents with you, including a valid travel signature on the second page of your I-20. Additionally, make sure you pay attention to any news regarding international travel. Any travel at this time may include many risks, including a risk that you may encounter travel regulations that keep them from returning to the U.S.
  • Taking the GRE when applying to The Graduate School (required by some departments). Educational Testing Service has announced, due to closed testing centers in many parts of the world, the GRE General Test at Home. This examination may be taken at home (in countries other than China and Iran) until test centers can reopen. More information can be found at the following website:
    https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/.
  • International Student Center (ISC) latest updates. New students can find information about the International Orientation information from International Admissions. Current students can refer to the International Student Center.
  • Possible start date delays because of late I-20 documents. Documents will be accepted via email if there are delays in shipping. Email mystatus@liberty.edu for more information.
  • Options to stay in the U.S. but nearing the end of F-1 status. Some options include OPT, continuing your education, or changing your status through an immigration lawyer. If you want to talk through these options, you can connect with your International Student Advisor at mystatus@liberty.edu or call (434) 592-4118.
  • F-1 status requirements. You are still required to maintain a full-time course load during the entirety of the semester. If there are any changes to the enrollment requirements, the International Student Center will update you via email.
    • Undergraduate: Minimum of 12 credit hours (at least 9 residential).
    • Graduate: Minimum of 9 credit hours (at least 6 residential).
    • Doctoral Students: Minimum of 6 credit hours (at least 3 residential).
  • Work authorization or F-1 student status questions. If you want to talk through your questions, you can connect with your International Student Advisor at mystatus@liberty.edu or call (434) 592-4118.
  • Questions about the federal stimulus check under the CARES Act for students or scholars who are on an F, H or J visa. Due to the complexity of each student situation, please refer to our International Student Taxes page about the stimulus check and your taxes.
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