COVID-19 FAQs for International Students

Where can I find information about Fall 2020 at Truman State University?

Details on the Fall 2020 will continue to be emailed to students and posted on the Fall 2020 website as they become available. Due to the ever-changing circumstances relating to COVID-19, the University is trying to maintain as much flexibility as possible and will make any necessary adjustments as needed.  The Center for International Students will provide details pertaining to international students by email and on their webpage.

How will courses be offered this fall?

To meet the guidance of the CDC, Truman will be providing a variety of delivery methods across courses. The list of what courses will be offered in each delivery method will be available July 15.

Will these changes in course delivery impact my visa status?

Truman will offer a combination of face to face, hybrid, and online learning for the Fall 2020 semester. This fits the SEVIS definition of a hybrid model as announced in the Department of Homeland Security’s July 6, 2020 broadcast message. International students physically attending schools offering a hybrid model may take multiple, but not all, classes online.

Do I need to self-quarantine after travel?

Per CDC guidelines, anyone arriving to the U.S. from an international location should self-quarantine for 14 days. 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 this fall?

New incoming international students ideally should plan to arrive in time to begin in-person classes, August 17, 2020. If this is not possible, deferring your studies to the spring semester is probably the next best option. Truman will have an expanded offering of online courses this fall but we are not encouraging this as a first option for beginning international students. However, before you make a final decision, please connect with the International Admissions team by emailing intladmit@truman.edu to consult about the best option for you.


Current International Students

Do I have the option to pursue only online classes in the fall?

Not if you are physically present in the US. International students physically attending Truman this fall may take multiple, but not all, classes online. The list of what courses will be offered in each delivery method will be available July 15. Contact your academic advisor or the Center of Academic Excellence at 660.785.7403 for a list of available online courses.

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

Truman is offering an expanded number of online courses for the fall semester.  You should work with your academic advisor to enroll in online classes that fit your needs.

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

The last day to add or drop a course is Friday August 21, 2020. Review the Fall 2020 schedule change deadlines here.

I am in the U.S. right now, but I plan to leave the U.S. before August 17, 2020. 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 difficulty and cost of flying, travel bans, and the possibility of quarantine. However, if you find it necessary to travel internationally, you will need to contact International Student Advisor Nicole Stelter (nstelter@truman.edu) to discuss your situation. If you need a new travel signature on your I-20, complete the I-20 Request Form before you leave the U.S.

I am outside of the U.S. and I cannot return to the U.S. I want to take the Fall 2020 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 August 17, 2020. Should I still return to the U.S.?

First review the list of prohibited travelers here. Foriegn 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 Fall 2020 semester is after August 24, 2020 it is recommended that you consider completing your Fall 2020 courses online from abroad or taking an Immigration Leave of Absence. Contact the International Student Advisor Nicole Stelter (nstelter@truman.edu) to discuss your situation.

Per CDC guidelines, anyone arriving to the U.S. from an international location should self-quarantine for 14 days. Click here for CDC information related to international travel.

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

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

I am abroad and my visa is expired, but the U.S. Embassy is closed. What should I do?

You will need to wait to renew your visa when the U.S. Embassy reopens. You may need to consider completing your Fall 2020 classes online from abroad or take an Immigration Leave of Absence. Contact the International Student Advisor Nicole Stelter (nstelter@truman.edu) to discuss your situation.


Last updated July 7, 2020.