COVID-19 FAQs for International Students

Last updated March 01, 2022. 

Recent Updates

  • Starting November 08, 2021, international students traveling to the US must be fully vaccinated. You are also required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 24 hours of traveling. Certain exceptions apply based on country of origin. For more details, visit this CDC webpage and check out our summary of the new rules.
  • As of February 25, 2022, masks are no longer required on campus. Those who wish to wear a mask are welcome to. The University will continue to track COVID cases as they occur and will follow CDC guidance for quarantining and isolation.
  • All classrooms have returned to their original capacities. This permits all classes and activities to return to being in-person if they so desire.
  • Continuing international students may take as many online classes as needed to make a full course load. Students should consult the course catalog to see course availabilities. 

What is the most recent news?

The Biden Administration issued new regulations affecting international students starting on November 08, 2021.

  • Vaccinations – Starting on November 08th, all students traveling to the US must be fully vaccinated. This means that if you are going home for winter break, then you must be fully vaccinated if you wish to return to Truman to continue your studies.
  • Which Vaccinations? – Vaccinations that have been approved by the FDA and by the WHO for Emergency Use are acceptable. This includes the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm vaccinations. Click here for a complete list.
  • Proof – You must present proof of vaccination to the airline before boarding your plane.
  • Negative COVID-19 test – Incoming fully-vaccinated travelers must also take a COVID-19 test within one (1) day of traveling and show a negative result to the airlines before boarding the plane.
  • I-20/DS-2019 – As always, your I-20 or DS-2019 must be endorsed for travel by Matt or Melanee in the Center for International Students.

Some students may be eligible for an exception:

  • Exceptions – Some countries are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated. Some of these countries are Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda, and Yemen. For the complete list, click here and search for Table 4.
  • Quarantine – If you are not fully vaccinated, then you must quarantine for seven (7) days when you arrive in the United States. Again, this means that if you are going home for winter break and are not fully vaccinated before you return, then you will be required to quarantine when you return to the US.
  • Vaccinations – If you are not fully vaccinated, then you will be required to get vaccinated within 60 days of your arrival in the US. This is mandatory.
  • Negative COVID-19 test – If you are not fully vaccinated, then you must also take a COVID-19 test 1 day before traveling and show a negative result to the airlines before boarding the plane.

How many online courses am I allowed to take as an international student?

USICE has announced that for the 2021-2022 academic year continuing international students may take as many online classes as needed to make a full course load.  New international students arriving in the US in August must take at least one course that is in-person or has an in-person component as part of their full-time course load.

How will courses be offered in the Spring 2022 semester?

Truman will be providing courses through a variety of delivery methods, including in-person, hybrid, online, etc. The list of which courses will be offered in each delivery method may be found in the Open Course List in TruView (the Student Portal).

Can I get a COVID vaccine in Kirksville?

Yes. At present, COVID vaccinations are widely available in the Kirksville area. Hy-Vee, Walmart, and Walgreens all offer vaccines for free. Please visit their website to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. 

Will I be required to get a COVID vaccine?

Starting on November 08, 2021, incoming international travelers must be fully vaccinated (and show proof of vaccination status). This is in addition to the requirement to be tested for COVID prior to traveling to the US. Students are therefore highly encouraged to get a COVID vaccination before they come to the US. However, at present, students are not required by the university to get the COVID vaccine. As the university develops its policy regarding vaccination requirements, the Center for International Students will continue to inform students.

According to the new rules starting on November 08, 2021, incoming travelers who are not fully vaccinated must arrange to become fully vaccinated within 60 days of arriving in the US.

If you have already received a COVID vaccination, bring proof of vaccination with you. This can prevent you from having to self-isolate if you are exposed to COVID.

If you received a vaccine in your home country and are wondering if it is valid in the US, please see the CDC guidance here under the section “People vaccinated for COVID-19 outside the United States.” This webpage provides guidance to those who have received a WHO-approved vaccine, such as AstraZeneca or Sinopharm.

Do I need to self-quarantine after travel?

Currently, there is no university-mandated self-quarantine requirement for incoming students for Fall 2021.

However, according to the new rules starting on November 08, 2021, incoming travelers who are not fully vaccinated must arrange to quarantine for seven (7) days after arriving in the US.

Anyone arriving in the U.S. from an international location should follow the CDC guidelines for international travel. Individuals who travel should monitor for symptoms and contact a medical provider if symptoms present. To further prevent the spread of coronavirus, individuals should wear a face mask and maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times.

Where can I find more information about Spring 2022 at Truman State University?

Details regarding Spring 2022 will continue to be emailed to students and posted on the university website as they become available. Due to the ever-changing circumstances related to COVID-19, the university is trying to maintain as much flexibility as possible and make any necessary adjustments. The Center for International Students will provide details pertaining to international students by email and on its webpage.


New Incoming International Students

I am a new international student, and I can’t arrive on campus for the Fall 2022 semester. What can I do? 

New incoming international students should plan to arrive in time for orientation on August 14, 2022. If arriving on time is not possible, students can defer their enrollment to the spring semester (January 2023).  Students who want to defer their admission to the spring semester should notify intladmit@truman.edu for further instructions.

My visa appointment is on August 24, and classes start on August 22, 2022.  Can I arrive late for the Fall 2022 semester?  

Late arrivals are not allowed.  Truman has implemented a new policy that requires students to attend class in person the first week of courses or run the risk of being dropped from the class.  Students studying online must complete an assignment during the first week of classes to avoid being dropped from the course. If you cannot attend the first week’s classes or complete the required assignment, you must seek permission from your professors in advance to explain your situation.

If your visa appointment is after the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019, then the visa officer may deny your visa application.


Current International Students

Do I have the option to take only online classes in the Spring 2022 semester?

Continuing students may take as many online classes as needed to make a full course load. 

I am abroad, and the earliest return flight to the U.S. is not until after January 10, 2022. Should I still return to the U.S.?

Late arrivals are highly discouraged. Truman has implemented a new policy that requires students to attend class in person or complete an assignment for online courses during the first week. If you cannot attend the first week’s classes or complete the required assignment in an online course, you can be dropped from the course. To avoid this, you must receive approval from ALL  your professors in advance.

You may also choose to take classes online from abroad or take a Leave of Absence.  To discuss your options for returning to Truman, please contact the International Student Advisor, Matt Lane, at lane@truman.edu.

What are my options for classes if I cannot be physically present in the US?

Truman will be providing many courses online. The list of which courses will be offered online may be found in the Course List in TruView.

I am outside of the U.S, and I HAVE BEEN studying with Truman online since I left. What do I need to do to return to Truman in person?

Current students who have been studying online from their home countries without taking a semester off may return to the U.S. with a valid visa and an I-20 endorsed for travel within the last 12 months. If your I-20 has not been endorsed (i.e., signed) for travel within the previous 12 months, please contact the International Student Advisor, Matt Lane, at lane@truman.edu to have a new I-20 emailed to you.  The travel signature is on page 2 of your I-20. 

I am outside of the U.S, but I HAVE NOT been studying with Truman since I left.  What do I need to do to return to Truman in person?

Students who have been outside the US for longer than five months without being enrolled at Truman will need to complete an application for ‘readmission’ to Truman. Students will need to choose readmission on the International Application.  The application for readmission is much shorter than the original application and has fewer requirements.  The requirements for readmission are: 

  • the new application
  • new Certificate of Financial Support 
  • new Official Bank Documents  
  • official transcripts of any courses you have taken since leaving Truman.

To discuss your options for returning to Truman, please contact Matt Lane, the International Student Advisor, at lane@truman.edu.

I am outside of the U.S., and I want to take the Fall 2022 semester off. What do I need to fill out, and who should I contact?

Review the information about taking a semester off on the CIS webpage and then contact the International Student Advisor, Matt Lane, at lane@truman.edu to discuss your options. When you take a semester off, your SEVIS Record will be terminated. If you will be absent from the US for less than 5 months, you must apply to have your SEVIS Record Reactivated before you attempt to enter the US. If you are going to be absent from the US for more than 5 months, you will need to reapply to Truman.  Once you are readmitted, we will issue you a new I-20 on a new SEVIS Record.  If you have a valid visa, you can use it to reenter the US, but if not, you will need to pay a new SEVIS Fee.

Can the Center for International Students assist current international students abroad in communicating with their professors and academic departments?

Students are required to communicate directly with their professors, advisors, and academic departments. If you have communication problems, International Student Advisor, Matt Lane (lane@truman.edu), may be able to facilitate communication.  

I am outside the US, and my US visa is expired. What should I do to get a new visa?

Do you have a valid I-20 with an expiration date in the future?  If so, use that I-20 to apply for a new visa at the US Embassy/Consulate nearest you.  If your travel signature is more than 12 months old, contact us for a new I-20. The process for applying for a new visa is essentially the same as the initial application, although some posts are waiving the in-person interview. Go to the webpage for the US Embassy near you for their specific requirements for applying for a new visa.   

When is the last day I can change my class schedule?

The last day to add or drop a course without being charged the $50.00 Add/Drop fee is Friday, August 26, 2022.