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The Center for Global Engagement is committed to supporting Baylor University's international student and scholar population. International students and scholars are valuable members of our community and we will assist them in whatever way we can during this time. This page contains information for new and current (returning) international students and scholars for the Fall 2020 term. This webpage will be updated as new information becomes available. If you have questions that are not addressed here or you have unique circumstances that you need to discuss, please email ISSS at ISSS_Support@Baylor.edu. Last Updated: July 24, 2020 3:00 PM CST
UPDATE: On July 14, the U.S. Government rescinded (withdrew) its previous guidance that placed strict limitations on international students. The Baylor Center for Global Engagement is waiting for the government to post information that officially clarifies the current guidance.
UPDATE: On July 24, the U.S. Government provided clarification for new/initial students who are planning to come to the United States for courses this fall. See below
Returning International Student Town Hall Meeting - July 23rd, 2020
New International Student Town Hall Meeting - July 22nd, 2020
What is Baylor's institutional model for offering classes for Fall 2020?
Baylor will be using the Hybrid Model for Fall 2020 (face to face and online courses) and has informed the U.S. Government accordingly; therefore, the information below is based on the guidance for institutions using the hybrid model.
What are the current requirements for students who will be in the U.S. for Fall 2020?
If circumstances or institutional plans result in students taking all online courses from within the U.S., this appears to be allowed at this time. This includes students at all academic levels, including Global Gateway Program students.
UPDATE: New student updated information (Clarifying Questions Document) from the U.S. Government states that “students in new or initial status…will not be able to enter the United States to enroll in a U.S. school …for the fall term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online.” This means:
What are the requirements for students who will NOT be in the U.S. for Fall 2020
When will U.S. Embassies and Consulates continue with student visa appointments?
Many embassies and consulates remain closed at this time and will not schedule visa appointments; however, study visas (F & J) are considered essential travel at this time and many locations will allow students to request an expedited appointment within 60 days of the arrival date on the student’s I-20.
If I have an unexpired F-1 visa stamp in my passport, do I have to get a new visa to go with my Baylor I-20?
No, if your F-1 visa has not expired, you can use it together with your Baylor I-20 to travel to the U.S.
When will classes begin and end for the fall 2020 semester?
Classes will begin August 24, 2020. The last class day will be Wednesday, November 25, 2020. All final exams will be online after the Thanksgiving break. This means that you would be free to leave for the winter break after November 25 and take your finals from another location.
On-campus housing arrangements for students who have no place to go during the break are being discussed and more information will be available soon.
Can I be in Waco or somewhere else in the U.S. and take all online courses?
Since all students who will be in the U.S. must have at least one face to face or hybrid course, students will need to live close enough to Waco to attend the face to face portion of classes that require this.
How soon should I travel to Baylor if I am a coming from outside of the U.S.?
While we cannot tell you when to travel, you should pay attention to the various regulations that are impacting travel between other countries and the US.
You cannot just come to the U.S. any time during the fall semester when you get a visa. See the next question for more information if you are an initial student.
How early can I arrive to Baylor if I am coming as an initial (new) student?
As an initial (new) student you are allowed to arrive in the US up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20. This means that the earliest you can enter the US is July 18. Beginning August 7th, Baylor will provide off-campus self-quarantine housing for all new and returning students living on campus for the Fall 2020 semester who are arriving from outside of the U.S. to move back to campus. If you arrive before August 7, you will be responsible for finding your own housing for self-quarantine (which is required by the U.S. Government).
For more information regarding self-quarantine procedures and to request access to these accommodations, please CLICK HERE.
As an international student, will I need to take a COVID-19 test or self-quarantine before arriving on campus in Waco?
How early can I arrive to Baylor if I am a transfer student?
What is the U.S. International Travel Ban and when will it be lifted? Would traveling from a country that is not on the banned lists help an international student avoid the ban?
The travel ban affects individuals who have been in certain countries within 14 days of arriving into the U.S. For more information, please go HERE. We do not know when the ban will be lifted. While some international students may choose to travel from a third country, we cannot confirm that this will absolutely help to avoid the ban.
What is the U.S. Government Self-Quarantine Requirement? Would traveling from a country that is not on the banned lists help an international student avoid the required Self-Quarantine?
All travelers (including U.S. Citizens) who return to the U.S. from another country must self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the U.S. There is no way to avoid the self-quarantine requirement at this time if you arrive from outside the U.S. More information can be found HERE.
Will the Presidential Proclamation about Chinese Graduate Students impact my ability to return to Baylor?
The proclamation is quite specific and only impacts certain people in certain academic programs. Here is a link to the proclamation. Please read it carefully to determine whether it relates to you. We will provide any updates that we receive regarding this matter:
Will the Presidential Proclamation regarding specific work-related visas affect F-1 and J-1 visa status students and scholars?
The proclamation clearly identifies which visa categories are included. The F visa category is not included in the proclamation and therefore OPT and STEM OPT are not impacted at this time. While the J visa category is included in the proclamation, the student and scholar/researcher categories are NOT included. Below is a link to the proclamation. Please read it carefully to determine whether it relates to you. We will provide any updates that we receive regarding this matter. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/