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 spring 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 international@uwsuper.edu or complete the contact us form. 

Current International Students

As of December 28th, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has not provided an updated guidelines for Spring 2021 semester. Students are advised to follow SEVP August 2020 guidelines until further notice.  

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 February 12 or 13. 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 international@uwsuper.edu

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.

Resources 

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Notices

Frequently Asked Questions

Incoming International Student Questions Expand All

I've been admitted for Spring 2021. Can I defer my admission to a later semester?

  • Yes. Students can defer their admission to Fall 2021. Please contact international@uwsuper.edu 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 international@uwsuper.edu

What if I cannot arrive on time?

Please contact international@uwsuper.edu! 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 Spring 2021. 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 international@uwsuper.edu. 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 December 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. Iran Travel Proclamation
  3. China Travel Proclamation  

If I choose to stay abroad and not return to the US this spring, 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. Please contact Salisa Hochstetler if you plan to remain outside of the U.S. this spring. 

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 December 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.