Fall 2020 International Graduate Enrollment Options
Despite these uncertain times, we hope that you are excited about the Fall 2020 academic semester at the University of Pittsburgh. Although we are excited to welcome you to campus, we know that doing so may not be possible for some of you. Many of our programs are providing enrollments options. Please contact your Academic Department for additional information about your specific options.
On July 17, in partnership with the Office of the Provost and the University Center for International Studies, OIS hosted a webinar for all incoming and current graduate international students. This webinar was designed to answer questions you have about the enrollment options for the fall, immigration, and more. If you were unable to attend, or want to watch the recording of the webinar, here are the links in YouTube and Billibilli.
To F-1 travelers from the Schengen Region, United Kingdom and Ireland: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the following document which verifies that F-1 students and their dependents may travel to the U.S. from the Schengen region, U.K., and Ireland under a National Interest Exception to the Presidential Proclamation travel ban. Students traveling from those countries are encouraged to print and carry this document when traveling into the U.S.
Notice about SEVP Guidance: The U.S. Government first issued guidance regarding special COVID-19 related immigration standards in March 2020. These standards were in effect from March through the end of summer terms across the U.S. On July 6, 2020 and July 7, 2020, SEVP issued new guidance for Fall 2020, which significantly changed the March guidance. A lawsuit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institution of Technology, challenging the government's guidance. On July 14, 2020, the Government and universities entered into an agreement which rescinded the July 6 and 7th guidance and which reinstated the March 2020 Guidance.
SEVP has issued Guidance and FAQ’S regarding Fall 2020. OIS is carefully monitoring all developments and will provide updates to our FAQ's below as necessary. Please note that the answers to these questions may change if/when SEVP guidance evolves. Students should frequently review the FAQs below that are pertinent to their situation. At this time, OIS recommends all students travel with a copy of this Fall 2020 Letter for Students.
- NEW AND CONTINUING STUDENTS: The University’s instructional model, Flex@Pitt, is fully supportive of international students and in compliance with Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement guidance. Flex@Pitt ensures that in-person learning experiences will be accessible to all students and enables instructors and students to prepare for all modes of teaching and learning, including in-person and hybrid/blended activities. Robust resources—including new classroom equipment and health and safety guidelines—will facilitate dynamic modes of teaching and learning activities inside and outside the classroom; students should work with their academic advisor to select the courses most appropriate to their academic path.
OIS has decided to host open forums twice a week so we can answer questions directly via a zoom meeting. Please plan to drop in on Tuesdays or Fridays any time between 9:00am - 11:00am Eastern Time. Questions will be answered publicly in the order they are received, in order to give everyone the benefit of hearing the answers. You can feel free to come and go as you are able, and please understand that it may take some time to get your specific question answered. You can register to attend one of the OIS Open Forums here.