How COVID-19 Affects International Students
Self-quarantine is required for students returning from international travel. Any person returning from international travel will be required to:
- Quarantine for 10 days. For more information on International Travel returning to campus please visit the CDC website.
- Individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or test after they travel as long as they remain asymptomatic.
- 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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.