FAQs for International Students Returning to Keuka College

Could I return to the U.S. if my student visa and my passports are not expired?

Yes. According to the U.S. Department of State (DHS), students returning to the U.S. to resume their studies will not need to renew their visa, if the visa is still valid (i.e., not expired). 

Students will need a DSO travel signature on their I-20 prior to traveling internationally. This signature is valid for 12 months. Contact your DSO if you need an updated travel signature.

When can I return to campus?

All returning students will be assigned a specific time on Aug. 22 or Aug. 23, 2020. Your arrival time and transportation can begin to be scheduled through the Office of Student Life in early August.

What if I am unable to make it on time for the beginning of the semester due to limited travel options? Will Keuka College allow me to enter late?

Please consult with Associate Provost Dr. Tim Sellers to understand your academic options.

As an international student, will I be required to quarantine upon entry to the U.S.?

Residential international students returning from abroad will need to self-quarantine for 14 days when they arrive back on campus for the start of the fall semester.

International students returning to campus from abroad who plan to live off-campus must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

Students who are self-quarantined will not be able to attend face-to-face classes during those two weeks, but online options from their residence may exist. The College continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follows guidance from global, national (CDC, etc.), and local health and government officials, including travel advisories and requirements.

If I am abroad and unable to enter the U.S. due to visa issues, what are my options for pursuing my education at Keuka College in the fall semester?

Currently enrolled students who are having visa issues should consult with Associate Provost Dr. Tim Sellers to understand your academic options and should also contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs to discuss the immigration implications of academic options before finalizing their academic decision.

As a current F-1, will I be able to take online classes in the fall 2020 semester while inside or outside the U.S?

Keuka College is offering a mixture of face-to-face and online classes this fall, therefore all students must return to the campus to take their classes. There are no limitations on how many online courses international students will be permitted to take per semester.

Will I have the option of taking more than one online class as part of my full-time enrollment requirement as an international student?

 

According to the Department of Homeland Security guidance, there are no limitations on how many online courses international students will be permitted to take.

Will international students with full-time enrollment in face-to-face classes be allowed to take more than one online class, since immigration regulations normally limit the amount of online instruction?

 

According to the Department of Homeland Security guidance, there are no limitations on how many online courses international students will be permitted to take.

If I decide to take the fall semester off as a current student, what are my options?

Please consult with Associate Provost Dr. Tim Sellers for guidance on the academic options and implications. Current students should also contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs to discuss the immigration implications of academic options before finalizing their academic decision.

I keep hearing different guidance from the federal government. Where can I find the most up-to-date guidelines?

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division has issued its own FAQs outlining directives from the Administration since the onset of the pandemic. They're available online here.

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