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FAQs for Returning International Students
Enrolling for Fall 2020

 

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Last Updated:  July 27, 2020

FAQ 1:  I'm outside of the U.S. and have decided not to enroll for Fall 2020. I may resume my studies at WSU in the future.  What should I do?

Students who have decided not to enroll at WSU for the Fall 2020 term should submit the appropriate survey indicating their plans. Once we receive your survey results, we will terminate your SEVIS record for the positive reason Authorized Early Withdrawal. Your academic standing and eligibility to enroll for future semesters at WSU will not be affected by this break in studies. If you decide to return to the U.S. to resume your full-time studies at WSU in the future, you may be required to submit a new Certification of Financial Support and pay the I-901 SEVIS fee for your new record. Your practical training eligibility may reset, meaning you will need to enroll full-time while in the U.S. for one full academic year (One fall and one spring semester) before you will be eligible for CPT or OPT.

FAQ 2:  I'm outside of the U.S. and have decided to take a few online classes at WSU for Fall 2020 but I will not study full-time.  Can I do that?

You are welcome to take as few classes as you like, just be sure to submit the appropriate survey indicating your Fall 2020 plans. Once we receive your survey results, we will terminate your SEVIS record for the positive reason Authorized Early Withdrawal. To request a medical insurance waiver, you must send an email to WSU3rdParty@wichita.edu indicating that you are taking classes from outside of the U.S. and wish to waive your insurance; the deadline for insurance waivers is August 31, 2020. If you decide to return to the U.S. to resume your full-time studies at WSU in the future, you may be required to submit a new Certification of Financial Support and pay the I-901 SEVIS fee for your new record. Your practical training eligibility may reset, meaning you will need to enroll full-time while in the U.S. for one full academic year (One fall and one spring semester) before you will be eligible for CPT or OPT.

When selecting your Fall classes, be sure to check https://wichita.edu/Fall2020 to see if the class will have any in-person requirements.  Please note the following: 

Fully Online Classes:  You may continue living where you are and take online classes for Fall 2020 without having to come to Wichita. You will be charged an extra online fee of $97.25 per credit hour when taking online classes.

Hybrid Online Classes:  A hybrid class often has a mixture of both in-person and online instruction.  There is no extra fee charged for hybrid classes.  Depending on the class, the content will be delivered as:

1)  Asynchronous - Students can view online content and do assignments whenever it's convenient. You may still be required to come to campus for exams.

OR

2)  Synchronous - Students will meet in-person or online on specific days/times like you would for a traditional in-person class.  For example, you might have a synchronous hybrid class that meets online on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00-10:15am Central U.S. time.  In this example, the professor also requires students to come to campus twice during the semester for exams.  When taking a synchronous hybrid class, students should consider the class meeting time if they are living in a different time zone.  In addition, the student should be aware of whether or not the professor requires students to physically come to campus for lectures or examinations.

FAQ 3:  I'm currently outside of the U.S.  I plan to enroll full-time but remain outside of the U.S. for Fall 2020.  Is that a problem?

You are welcome to enroll full-time from outside of the U.S.  The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has released updated guidance for the Fall 2020 term that says students can maintain an active SEVIS record if they will take online classes from outside the U.S. as long as they enroll in a full course of study. We just ask that you take the appropriate survey to let us know your Fall 2020 plans. To request a medical insurance waiver, you must send an email to WSU3rdParty@wichita.edu indicating that you are taking classes from outside of the U.S. and wish to waive your insurance; the deadline for insurance waivers is August 31, 2020.

When selecting your Fall classes, be sure to check https://wichita.edu/Fall2020 to see if the class will have any in-person requirements.  Please note the following: 

Fully Online Classes:  You may continue living where you are and take online classes for Fall 2020 without having to come to Wichita. You will be charged an extra online fee of $97.25 per credit hour when taking online classes.

Hybrid Online Classes:  A hybrid class often has a mixture of both in-person and online instruction.  There is no extra fee charged for hybrid classes.  Depending on the class, the content will be delivered as:

1)  Asynchronous - Students can view online content and do assignments whenever it's convenient. You may still be required to come to campus for exams.

OR

 2)  Synchronous - Students will meet in-person or online on specific days/times like you would for a traditional in-person class.  For example, you might have a synchronous hybrid class that meets online on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00-10:15am Central U.S. time.  In this example, the professor also requires students to come to campus twice during the semester for exams.  When taking a synchronous hybrid class, students should consider the class meeting time if they are living in a different time zone.  In addition, the student should be aware of whether or not the professor requires students to physically come to campus for lectures or examinations.

FAQ 4:  I'm currently outside of the U.S.  I will enroll full-time and intend to return to Wichita for the Fall 2020 term.  What do I need to know?

That’s great!  We just ask that you take the appropriate survey to let us know your Fall 2020 plans. Please keep in mind the following:

  • The original SEVP policy guidance for Fall 2020 said that students could not enroll in all online/distance learning courses and that all students needed a new I-20 indicating that their institution was offering hybrid instruction. This guidance was rescinded on July 14, 2020 and no longer applies – students may take any combination of online/hybrid courses and no new I-20s are required.
  • You must make arrangements to return to Wichita no later than August 20.  Please keep in mind that the State of Kansas currently requires all international travelers to be quarantined for 14 days.  For details on the quarantine requirement, visit https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.  You may not physically attend classes during your quarantine period.  For this reason, if you will miss any in-person classes while you are outside of the U.S. or during your quarantine, you should 1) contact your professors to let them know the date that you plan to begin attending in-person classes, and 2) seek permission to begin attending their classes late.  Your professors might allow you to attend remotely or online until you can begin attending class in-person.  However, if your professors will not authorize you to arrive late and miss in-person classes, you would need to select different classes with professors who have approved your late arrival.
  • Due to COVID-19, travelers who have visited certain countries during the preceding 14 days are temporarily barred from entry to the U.S.  See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html.  Update from 7/17/2020:  While the travel ban is still in effect for most people, students on F-1 visas may now travel from the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen area of Europe without having to get a national interest exception to travel to the U.S.
FAQ 5:  How do I get the new I-20 that I need with the required comment for Fall 2020?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s Fall 2020 guidance requiring new I-20s for students indicating they will not enroll in only online courses was rescinded on July 14, 2020. For this reason, WSU is no longer issuing new I-20s to all students.

FAQ 6:  Do I have to go home in November since WSU classes will be fully online after Thanksgiving?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s Fall 2020 guidance requiring students to leave the U.S. if their schools moved online during the semester was rescinded on July 14, 2020. This rule no longer applies.

FAQ 7:  Am I able to take more than one online/distance learning course and maintain my F-1 status while in the U.S.?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s Fall 2020 guidance which indicated that students could not take all online/distance learning courses for Fall 2020 was rescinded on July 14, 2020. The previous guidance from Spring 2020/Summer 2020 remains in place. This guidance temporarily allows F-1 students to count any online courses towards their full course of study requirement. In other words, a student could take all online courses for Fall 2020 and still maintain their F-1 status.  Please note that this guidance only applies to continuing students who were in active status on March 9, 2020; new students entering the U.S. for Fall 2020 may not enroll in only online courses for Fall 2020.

FAQ 8:  How will classes be taught?

When selecting your Fall classes, be sure to check https://wichita.edu/Fall2020 to see if the class will have any in-person requirements.  Please note the following:

Fully Online Classes:  You may continue living where you are and take online classes for Fall 2020 without having to come to Wichita. You will be charged an extra online fee of $97.25 per credit hour when taking online classes.

Hybrid Online Classes:  A hybrid class often has a mixture of both in-person and online instruction.  There is no extra fee charged for hybrid classes.  Depending on the class, the content will be delivered as:

1)  Asynchronous - Students can view online content and do assignments whenever it's convenient. You may still be required to come to campus for exams.

OR

2)  Synchronous - Students will meet in-person or online on specific days/times like you would for a traditional in-person class.  For example, you might have a synchronous hybrid class that meets online on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00-10:15am Central U.S. time.  In this example, the professor also requires students to come to campus twice during the semester for exams.  When taking a synchronous hybrid class, students should consider the class meeting time if they are living in a different time zone.  In addition, the student should be aware of whether or not the professor requires students to physically come to campus for lectures or examinations.

Also, please note that you will still be automatically charged for medical insurance upon enrolling for the Fall term. You can request an insurance waiver by visiting https://wichita.edu/InsuranceWaivers and following the instructions in the yellow box on the right sidebar.

FAQ 9:  What is the last day I can return to campus?  Are there important dates I should know?

Important Dates

Date(s)

Comments

Last Date Students Can Arrive in Wichita

August 20

See FAQ 4 for more information.

Quarantine on Arrival (14 days), if applicable

Begins day after arrival in Kansas

Required for all international travelers and travelers from certain U.S. states.   More Information

First Day of Classes

August 17

 

Last Day to Add Full Semester Classes

August 21

Detailed Fall Semester Calendar

Last Day for a 100% Refund for 16-week Classes
Last Day to Make Payment Arrangements

August 28

Detailed Fall Semester Calendar

Last Day to Submit an Insurance Waiver Request

August 31

Students who have not submitted an insurance waiver request by August 31 will be required to pay for medical insurance for Fall 2020.

Labor Day Holiday

September 7

NO CLASSES

Last Day of In-Person Classes

November 20

All remaining classes after this date will be online

Fall Break

November 21-29

NO CLASSES

Classes Resume After Fall Break

November 30

All classes will be held online from November 30 to December 3

Last Day of Classes

December 3

 

Study Day

December 4

Prepare for final examinations

Final Examinations

December 5-10

All exams will be held online

Winter Break

December 11 to January 31, 2021

 

Spring 2021 Classes Begin

February 1, 2021

Spring pre-Sessions classes will be offered January 4-29.
FAQ 10:  If I have been outside of Kansas, do I have to be quarantined when I return to Wichita?

Maybe.  Because all countries currently have a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice, the State of Kansas requires travelers from ALL COUNTRIES to be quarantined for 14 days starting with the day after their arrival in Kansas.  In addition, Kansas requires travelers from CERTAIN U.S. STATES to be quarantined as well. Because the list of U.S. states requiring quarantine in Kansas is updated often, we won't know if you might be subject to quarantine until closer to the time that you arrive on campus.  For details, visit https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran

FAQ 11:  Where will I quarantine?  What will quarantine be like?
  • If you are required to be quarantined, you should begin to quarantine yourself as soon as you arrive back in Kansas.
  • Your quarantine will last for 14 days. Day 1 of your quarantine begins the morning after your arrival in Kansas. If you do not develop COVID-19 symptoms by the end of your 14th day, you may leave quarantine without seeking permission from a health care provider or public health official.
  • Monitor your symptoms and read the Quarantine FAQs provIided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for travel-related quarantine.
  • As long as you wear a mask and remain at least two meters (6 feet) away from other people, you may temporarily leave quarantine for these reasons only:
    ○  To seek medical attention or to obtain medication
    ○  To do laundry
    ○  To get food from a restaurant in your hotel to take back to your room to eat
  • If you need medical assistance during your quarantine, please contact Student Health Services.  You may ask questions or schedule an appointment using the myShockerHealth portal.  Otherwise, call (316) 978-4792.  If you contact Student Health Services, please let them know that you are currently in travel-related quarantine. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during quarantine, contact Student Health Services BEFORE coming to campus for medical assistance.
  • If you need non-medical assistance during quarantine, please contact Tonya Baldwin, Assistant Director in the Office of International Education. Email:  tonya.baldwin@wichita.edu |  Telephone:  (316) 978-6037
  • If you need to reserve a room and get food during your quarantine, visit the FAQs provided by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Please note the following: 

    ○  Quarantine spaces in the residence halls on campus are very limited. Rooms are only available to students who have already signed a housing contract to live on campus. In order to get a room, students must arrive on July 25.  Since this may not be possible for most international students, you will likely need to stay in a hotel during quarantine.

    ○  The University has obtained discount pricing for students at nearby hotels for their quarantine. Complete details about the hotels, the cost, food options, and more can be found on the above webpage.  You should reserve a hotel room BEFORE coming to Wichita so that you can go directly from the airport to your hotel room to begin your quarantine. When making a hotel reservation, let the hotel know that you are a Wichita State University student in order to get the special discount rate.

    ○  You are allowed to quarantine in the home of a friend or family member as long as you adhere to the requirements provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
FAQ 12:  If I am taking classes from outside of the U.S., do I still need to pay for medical insurance?

You will automatically be charged for medical insurance but you are eligible for a waiver. You must send an email to WSU3rdParty@wichita.edu indicating you are outside the United States and need to waive your medical insurance. You will be sent an electronic form to complete and information on where to send documentation. Keep in mind that the deadline for insurance waivers is August 31, 2020.

FAQ 13:  Are there any countries with travel restrictions when coming to the U.S.?

Yes.  Due to COVID-19, travelers from certain countries are temporarily barred from entry to the U.S.  See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.htmlUpdate from 7/17/2020:  While the travel ban is still in effect for most people, students on F-1 visas may now travel from the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen area of Europe without having to get a national interest exception to travel to the U.S.  Canadian and Mexican students may enter the U.S. by land or air.

FAQ 14:  I have a Global Select scholarship.  Will this affect me?

No.  Whether you study in Wichita or outside of the U.S., your Global Select scholarship will still be available to you.  If you cannot enroll for the fall semester, no problem.  Your Global Select scholarship will be available when you enroll at some point in the future.

NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information on this page is subject to change as deemed necessary by University leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.