For current Global Scholars (Spring 2020). Although you may have gone back to your country you will continue with your RIT main campus classes until the end of the semester. Please use all the references and resources provided in this page to complete your course work. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding the global scholar program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or via WhatsApp: https://chat.whatsapp.com/J8dnlbmYAeN2TyZu3iojI4
You may travel home and complete your spring courses online. For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, all students will be able to complete their courses via alternative methods. This is to ensure that no student’s academic progress will be affected if they are not able to return to campus.
In most cases, your home country will allow you to return, but they might place you into a self-quarantine, even if you are healthy. Check your home government website for guidance.
If you return home and conditions later change, the United States government might impose additional temporary restrictions preventing a return to campus during the pandemic. These are already in place for travelers from certain countries.
If your visa has expired (or expires before you return to the U.S.) then you might experience difficulty during the coming months in renewing your visa at a U.S. Consulate.
We do expect other temporary closures of consulates in highly affected countries.
Your immigration status will not be impacted if you stay in the U.S. and complete coursework through online methods. ISS will also maintain your SEVIS (F or J) status as active through spring and summer as long as your plan is to enroll in the fall to continue your studies. ISS will do this whether you are inside or outside the U.S. Please check your I-20 (or DS-2019) “program end date” and if you need ISS to extend that, please ask your academic advisor to submit the Program Extension Form.