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Fall Semester 2020 FAQ

*Please check back frequently. This page will be updated as we receive new information.*

Campus and Classes FAQ


Where can I learn more about CSP’s COVID-19 response and fall planning?
Visit the university’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.

When do fall classes start?
Classes start on Tuesday, September 8th.

Are fall classes in-person?
Yes, fall classes are in-person. Some in-person classes may have a hybrid component in order to maintain safe social distancing requirements. These are still considered in-person classes due to the face-to-face requirement.

How will the university maintain social distancing during classes for fall? Are there any guidelines?
Many precautions will be taken including increased cleaning and safe distancing in classrooms and on-campus. Students will be required to bring their own mask and hand sanitizer to campus. Read more about in-person classes HERE.

Are masks required on-campus?
Yes, masks are required according to CDC and MN Department of Health recommendations. Be sure to wear your mask in all common areas including hallways and as you enter the classroom.

Visit the Security office for a mask if you forget yours.

Will students be required to quarantine for 14 days after international travel?
No, the CDC and MN Department of Health recommendations no longer require students returning to the US after international travel to quarantine for 14 days before attending in-person classes. However, students are encouraged to follow the CDC's recommendations for safety after international travel.

Can students work on-campus this semester?
Yes, with classes returning to campus, many departments will be hiring student employees. Check Handshake to view open on-campus jobs. Talk to your supervisor if you have questions about working arrangements due to COVID-19.

Fall Housing FAQ
*Residence halls are full for Fall Semester 2020. If you do not already have a room assignment for fall, you will need to find off-campus housing.*

What should I do if I want to come to campus early before classes start?
Please complete the Residence Life Early Arrival Request Form at least 7 days before your arrival. You must enter your flight arrival information in order to be considered for an early move in.

Where can I find information about off-campus housing?
Visit the Off-Campus Housing Resources page in the ISS Portal. Additionally, you can find information about furniture rentals HERE.

Immigration FAQ

Do I need to study full-time in fall?
Yes, this part of the immigration requirements has not changed. F-1 students are required to study full-time unless they have a Reduced Course Load authorization in SEVIS.

Do I need a new I-20 explaining classes are in-person in fall?
No, this is not required. If you would like documentation that classes are in-person for fall, please request a letter from ISS.

Will in-person classes have a hybrid (online) component?
Some in-person classes may have a hybrid component in order to maintain safe social distancing requirements. These are still considered in-person classes due to the face-to-face requirement.
 
What happens if classes move fully online?
F-1 students are allowed to take fully online classes as the university requires due to COVID-19.

I am a continuing F-1 student with an active SEVIS record. Can I choose to take all online courses from inside the US?
Yes, this is allowed. Please contact your Academic Advisor if you have questions about your registration. The availability of online classes depends upon the program/major you are enrolled in. 

I am a new F-1 student to the US with an initial status I-20. Can I choose to take all online courses from inside the US?
No, this is not allowed. New students to the US must enroll in at least one in-person class.

Can F-1 students take online courses outside of the US in fall?
Yes, this is allowed, and your SEVIS record will be kept active if you are a continuing student. Please contact your Academic Advisor if you have questions about your registration. The availability of online classes depends upon the program/major you are enrolled in.

Can F-1 students take a break from studying in fall and stay outside of the US?
Yes, this is allowed, and your SEVIS record will be administratively terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal (AEW). An AEW allows you to keep the same SEVIS ID number and I-901 fee in the future. Your SEVIS record will be reactivated for travel before you return to CSP in the future. Visit the ISS Portal’s Leave of Absence Request page for more information and to place your request.

Has the OPT application timeline been affected by COVID-19?
No, you may still apply for OPT 90 days before and up to 60 days after the end date of your program. USCIS has not changed the OPT application timeline or requirements due COVID-19. However, ISS always recommends you apply as early as possible due to long USCIS processing times.

What if SEVP releases new guidance for F-1 international students?
ISS will be notified by SEVP of any changes to the current guidance. ISS will update all students of any changes made by SEVP.

The information contained in this web site is not intended as, and does not serve as, legal advice. It is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Content is subject to change, and students are advised to consult an experienced U.S. immigration attorney for advice and further information. Neither Concordia University, St. Paul nor the Office of International Student Services is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.