Spring 2022 Information/COVID Guidelines

The Center for Global Engagement is committed to supporting Baylor University's international student and scholar population.  This page contains information for new and current (returning) international students and scholars for the Spring 2022 term.  Please continue to check this website for updated information, regulations regarding enrollment, online courses, etc.  Also, continue to check your Baylor email for direct messaging about Baylor's plans.  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.   

NOTE:  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that schools will be allowed to continue with guidance issued in March 2020 for Spring 2022.  Be aware that new/revised guidance could be given at any time. Also, after Spring 2022, we expect that the regulations will revert back to their original interpretations which would mean that international students would only be allowed to take 1 online course as part of their full time enrollment each fall and spring term.

International Student (F1) Course Requirements for Spring 2022

What is Baylor's institutional model for Spring 2022 classes?

Sprint 2022 - Baylor will resume a course schedule with face to face (which includes hybrid) courses and will offer some online courses.  International students are expected to come to campus for Spring 2022.  Students coming to campus will be expected to follow government guidance from March 2020 which states that F-1 students must be enrolled in AT LEAST one face to face course as part of their full-time enrollment.  


COVID Procedures for International Students and Scholars Coming to Campus for Spring 2022

The U.S. Government has declared that all non-citizens entering the United States beginning November 8, 2021 and after MUST show proof of an authorized COVID vaccine (either FDA or WHO Authorized vaccines).  Currently, the United States Centers for Disease Control recognizes FDA Authorized and World Health Organization Authorized vaccines.  The list of authorized vaccines as of November 5, 2021, can be found here:  CDC Requirements.  This list may change.  Testing between 3-5 days after arriving in the U.S. is still recommended for anyone entering the U.S.  If you will be in Waco during that time period after arrival, you may complete your test on Baylor campus. To maintain a healthy and safe community, Baylor University expects all students to follow the CDC guidelines regarding international travel found here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html. . 

If I travel internationally anytime before the start of the Spring 2022 semester, what should I do after entering the United states? 

Any student who will travel internationally before coming to Baylor campus for Spring 2022 should follow CDC Guidelines which includes being tested 3-5 days after entering the U.S.  COVID test results should be sent to Health_Services@Baylor.edu.

*Some incoming students from locations outside the USA have mentioned they are being asked to show a form at the airport attesting that they have taken a COVID test or have recovered from COVID. Please click on THIS LINK to find a form from the CDC website that can be filled out and fulfill this request. You will need to print and complete this form before going to the airport.*

If I need to quarantine, does Baylor provide quarantine options for students?

Baylor is not able to provide quarantine options for students who need to quarantine after entering the U.S.  Students should make their own plans for quarantine.  Please CLICK HERE to access the ISSS Self-Quarantine Guide that lists resources that may be of help to students who must quarantine.

What is required if I am planning to live on-campus at Baylor for Spring 2022, and I have traveled internationally?

  • You must submit documentation that you have received one of the U.S. FDA or WHO vaccines to Health Services at health_services@baylor.edu before you arrive to Baylor..
  • You must ALSO submit proof of a negative COVID test (taken 3-5 days after entering the U.S.) to Baylor’s Health Services.

What do I need to do to be considered fully vaccinated by Baylor?

You must have a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Authorized vaccine or a World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine.  Please click on this link using your Baylor email login credentials to submit a copy of your vaccination. If you have any questions about Baylor and vaccinations, please email Health_Services@Baylor.edu.  If you have already submitted your COVID-19 vaccination record to Baylor or received your vaccination from Baylor Health Services, you do not need to submit it again.

What are the procedures that international students must follow if they have been in the United States and have not traveled internationally?

Students who have not traveled internationally will follow the requirements for Baylor domestic (U.S.) students.  Those requirements will be sent to students via their Baylor email account once they have been confirmed. 

Travel Information for International Students and Scholars Coming to Campus for the Spring 2022 term

When will classes begin for the Spring 2022 term? 

Classes will begin Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

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 should plan to arrive in time to complete your self-quarantine before classes begin.

How early can I arrive to Baylor if I am coming to campus with an I-20 that is Initial Status? 

As an initial status student you are allowed to arrive in the US up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20.  Your EXPECTED arrival date to the Baylor campus is the start date on your Baylor I-20 (Spring - January 12, 2022).  If possible, we recommend that you try to arrive in the U.S. by January 5, so you can complete your self-quarantine, if needed, before coming to Baylor.  This will allow you to participate in the welcome activities that Baylor has for new students.

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.          

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