COVID-19 FAQs for International Students

Where can I find information about Spring 2021 at Truman State University?

Details regarding Spring 2021 will continue to be emailed to students and posted on the Spring 2021 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.

How will courses be offered in the Spring 2021 semester?

Truman will be providing a variety of delivery methods across courses. The list of what courses will be offered in each delivery method may be found in the Course List in TruView.

Will the Spring 2021 course delivery methods impact my visa status?

The guidance for Fall 2020 allowed students to take as many online classes as needed to make a full course load.  However, there has been no new guidance for the Spring 2021 semester.  We will keep you informed if new guidance is announced. 

Do I need to self-quarantine after travel?

A self-quarantine is not required. However, anyone arriving in the U.S. from an international location should follow the CDC guidelines. Click here for CDC information related to 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.


New Incoming International Students

If I am a new international student, what options do I have if I can’t get to campus for the Spring 2021 semester?

New incoming international students ideally should plan to arrive in time for orientation on January 8, 2021, and to begin classes on January 11, 2021. Alternatively, students who cannot travel can begin their studies online by enrolling in Truman’s online classes only. Students who want to defer their admission to begin their Truman studies in person may do so by contacting intladmit@truman.edu.  


Current International Students

Do I have the option to pursue only online classes in the Spring 2021 semester?

The guidance for Fall 2020 allowed students to take as many online classes as needed to make a full course load.  However, there has been no new guidance for the Spring 2021 semester.  We will keep you informed if new guidance is announced.

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

Truman will be providing a variety of delivery methods across courses. The list of what courses will be offered in each delivery method may be found in the Course List in TruView.

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, January 15, 2021. Review the Spring 2021 schedule change deadlines here.

I am in the U.S. right now, but I plan to leave the U.S. before January 11, 2021. Do I need to prepare anything before I leave?

The CIS does not recommend travel at this time due to the danger of COVID-19, the uncertainty of F-1 and J-1 guidelines for Spring 2021, travel bans, and the possibility of quarantine.  However, if you find it necessary to travel internationally, you will need to complete the Intent to Leave the U.S. Form to get a travel signature or new I-20.

I am outside of the U.S., and I cannot return to the U.S. I want to take the Spring 2021 semester off. What do I need to fill out and who should I contact?

You may need to consider taking an Immigration Leave of Absence. Review the information about taking a semester off here. Contact the International Student Advisor, Nicole Stelter (nstelter@truman.edu), to discuss your situation.

I am abroad and the earliest return flight to the U.S. is not until after January 11, 2021. Should I still return to the U.S.?

First, review the list of prohibited travelers here. Foreign nationals who have been in any of the listed countries during the past 14 days may not enter the U.S. 

If your return flight for the Spring 2021 semester is after the first week of classes, it is recommended that you consider completing your Spring 2021 courses online from abroad or take an Immigration Leave of Absence. Contact the International Student Advisor, Nicole Stelter (nstelter@truman.edu), to discuss your situation.

Can the CIS assist current international students abroad in communicating with their professors and academic departments about taking online classes?

Students are encouraged to communicate directly with their professors and academic departments. If you have continuing communication problems, contact the International Student Advisor, Nicole Stelter (nstelter@truman.edu), to assist you in this matter.

I am abroad and my visa is expired. What should I do?

You will need to renew your visa with the U.S. Embassy before your return to the U.S. Review the documents needed for a visa renewal here. Contact the International Student Advisor, Nicole Stelter (nstelter@truman.edu), to discuss your situation.


Last updated November 4, 2020.