COVID-19: International Student FAQs

In order to provide clarity on various topics in regards to the latest update to USD's response to the COVID-19 crisis, we put together this page to answer some commonly asked questions. Please review the information below as it pertains to you. We will be updating this page frequently as we continue to receive information. You are advised to check this page regularly.

If you have concerns, you are invited to contact the International Center. The USD Counseling Center remains open as well, which each of you are welcome to access for free and confidential counseling services, regardless of whether or not you are enrolled in the USD insurance plan.

Update on the Fall 2020 semester

Per President Harris' recent announcement regarding the Fall 2020 semester, all undergraduate and graduate classes will be delivered in a remote learning format. The fall semester will begin on August 17 for undergraduate students. Graduate schools will continue to follow their respective academic calendars. 

This announcement does not impact continuing F-1 students' status or ability to remain in the U.S. Continuing F-1 students may participate in their classes 100% remotely from abroad or within the U.S., and will maintain their F-1 status either way.  Students should make a decision about where they want to be during the fall semester (abroad or in the U.S.) based on what is best for themselves and their families, prioritizing health and safety. Please review the information in our "Immigration and Travel" section below.

For additional information about the fall semester plan, please refer to the Torero Blueprint, and check back regularly for updates.

Note: The above information does not apply to graduated students on OPT or new/initial students starting a new program at USD.

Last Updated: Thursday, August 13th

Fall Semester Plan and Academics

Immigration and Travel

  • I'm a continuing student who is currently abroad. Can I return to the U.S. now that classes are 100% remote?
  • I am continuing student traveling to the U.S. soon. Am I allowed to enter the U.S.? What documents do I need?
  • What will happen to my F-1 status?
  • I am traveling home soon. What do I need to be aware of?
  • I will graduate after the fall semester. Am I still eligible for OPT?
  • What if I am starting CPT or OPT soon and I need a Social Security number?

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