International/Study Away Students

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The Office of Intercultural Student Success is excited to welcome you back on campus. We also recognize that many of you will be joining us from afar. Our office will be available for in-person and remote appointments this fall to continue to support you throughout your time at UW-Superior.

Information regarding your immigration status may change rapidly. Please make sure to check your email and this page to receive up-to-date information.

Below is information related to international students and study away programs. If you have any questions, please contact or complete the contact us form. 

Current International Students

The recent ICE rule requiring international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic has been rescinded. 

We encourage a thorough review of international students' status. Salisa Hochstetler can assist in with all aspects of visa eligibility, international student status issues, I-20s and/or financial aid and provide more details specific to a student's situation. 

Incoming International Students

New international students are encouraged to arrive on August 27, but arrive any date between August 25 and 28. Students are requested to complete and submit the International Student Arrival Information Form after finalizing their travel plans.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a phone call or video chat with a UW-Superior representative, please contact

Study Away Programs

As we continue to monitor the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19 throughout the world, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has decided to suspend all international study abroad for the spring 2021 semester.

This decision was made after continuous monitoring of the State Department’s Global Health Warnings and the CDC’s Travel Advisory (Level 3 – Avoid Non-Essential Travel). These notices have been in place since March 2020 and provide guidance on the potential hazards associated with international travel. The guidelines take into consideration the complexities surrounding access to government embassies, air travel, healthcare availability, and general health risk. As of this date, we believe the risks associated with global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic are too great and may impact our students’ ability to safely and successfully study abroad.

We take our students’ safety and well-being seriously and are acting out of an abundance of caution. The UW-Superior Emergency Response Team and UW System continue to monitor this situation. If you have any questions, please contact Study Away Coordinator, Anya Russom.


U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Notices

Frequently Asked Questions

Incoming International Student Questions Expand All

Is it too late to apply for the Fall 2020 semester?

The application deadline was July 1. Students who apply after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact with questions.

I’ve been admitted for Fall 2020 and have my Form I-20. Will I be able to get a visa to come to UW-Superior?

Maybe. U.S. embassies and consulate have begun to phase in their visa services, depending on local conditions. The difficulty international students may face obtaining a visa is still unknown. All visa issuance questions should be directed to your local U.S. embassy or consulate office. Visa appointment and issuance are regulated by the U.S. government. Information about visa appointment wait times, news and alerts can be found at the U.S. Department of State website. You can also contact your local U.S. consulate office for specific information about the impact of COVID-19 on visa issuance in your area.

If I get a visa, will I be able to enter the U.S. to study at UWS?

The President has issued several COVID-19-related proclamations to limit travel to the United States from China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, Ireland & United Kingdom and Brazil. These proclamations will remain in effect until terminated by the President. The proclamations state that the "Secretary of Health and Human Services shall recommend that the President continue, modify, or terminate" the proclamations.

It is possible, but uncertain, that students with valid F-1 visas may be able to obtain an exemption to the travel restrictions. UW-Superior will continue to monitor the situation, and we recommend that students do, too, for updates about new, revised or lifted restrictions. A good source of information is

I have been admitted for Fall 2020. Can I defer my admission to a later semester?

Yes. Students can defer their admission to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021. Students do NOT need to make this decision now. Students who cannot get a visa or travel to UW-Superior and who do not wish to study in the online PlanU program should contact and request deferral.

Students who have paid their enrollment deposits can have their deposits deferred to a later semester. That is, it is not necessary to pay the deposit again.

Students who have been offered a Nonresident Tuition Waiver (NTW) will generally have their NTW award deferred, too. That is, they will generally not ‘lose’ their NTW.

How do I register for classes?

Students are generally contacted by their academic advisor within two weeks of paying their enrollment deposit. If you have paid your deposit but have not connected with your academic advisor, please contact

If I do not come to UW-Superior in Fall 2020, can I take online classes in Fall 2020?

Yes! Given the uncertainty surrounding student visas and travel, UW-Superior has developed a new affordable online alternative program called PlanU. Some basic information about PlanU:

  • Students do not need to decide now to enroll in PlanU. Student can continue to plan to apply for an F-1 student visa and travel to UW-Superior this fall; if needed, they can choose the PlanU option as late as August 15.
  • The classes offered are “general education” courses, all of which meet UW-Superior degree requirements for all majors. That is, don’t worry if PlanU doesn’t offer a course in your major because all courses listed will help meet requirements needed to earn your degree. 
  • PlanU students should plan to take 12 or 13 credits at a flat rate of $273 per credit. The Nonresident Tuition Waiver (NTW) does not apply to PlanU since all there is not extra nonresident tuition charge. 
  • After passing courses in the PlanU program, students can transition to taking on-campus courses at UW-Superior after the fall semester. Such students will participate in the new student orientation after they arrive to UW-Superior to help them get acclimated to campus.  

What if I cannot arrive on time?

Please contact! If the situation is out of students’ control, for example, due to COVID-19-related issues, we will work students to determine if it is still possible to enroll in Fall 2020. Where appropriate, UW-Superior will provide documentation and/or new I-20s to facilitate a late arrival.  Do not plan to arrive late without communicating with We are here to help!

Current International Student Questions Expand All

How many credits do I have to take?

You are required to take at least 12 credits to maintain your status.

Most of my classes are online. How many online classes can I take?

SEVP guidance temporary allows students to take more than one class or three credits of online classes. If classes that you need have changed to online, you are allowed to take those classes online.

How many on-campus credits do I have to take?

If all of your classes are offered online, you do not need to take any on-campus credits.

What are the current COVID-19 Restrictions on U.S. Entry?

The President has issued five COVID-19-related proclamations to limit travel to the United States. These proclamations will remain in effect until terminated by the President. The proclamations state that the "Secretary of Health and Human Services shall recommend that the President continue, modify, or terminate" the proclamations.

As of July 28, 2020, F-1 students who are traveling directly from these countries or have been in these countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the U.S. will not be allowed in to enter the U.S.*

  1. Brazil Travel Proclamation
  2. Ireland and United Kingdom Proclamation
  3. European Schengen Area Proclamation. The European Schengen area includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. *Note: (July 15, 2020) There have been reports that U.S. embassies in certain Schengen countries state that F-1 students present in those specific countries have been granted a "national interest" waiver of the entry ban. If true, this would be pursuant to an exception under Section 2(a)(xi) of Proclamation 9993 of March 11, 2020, as aliens "whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees." The scope and source of this determination is unclear at present. Travelers who would otherwise be subject to the Schengen proclamation should contact the U.S. embassy in the country from which they will be traveling to the United States to verify if an exception applies to them.
  4. Iran Travel Proclamation
  5. China Travel Proclamation

If I choose to stay abroad and not return to the US this Fall, will this affect my visa status?

As long as you are enrolled in school full-time, your SEVIS will remain active. Your status will not be terminated.

Will my health insurance cover COVID-19 testing and treatment?

If you have UWS Wellfleet insurance, all of COVID-19 treatment and diagnostic service will be covered with no co-pay. Testing will be free if you have symptoms. Surveillance testing (testing without having symptoms) is not covered under the plan. 

Do I need to be quarantined upon arrival?

As of July 28, 2020, the U.S. government doesn’t require anyone to quarantine when they get to the U.S. You are allowed to travel to your destination upon arrival. We ask that you monitor yourself before traveling and follow recommendation guidelines from your own country or from the CDC. If you are sick, do not travel. We highly recommend that you self-monitored at least 14 days after traveling abroad. More information regarding health and safety on campus will be available to you soon. Please continue to check your email.