Changes Due to Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Important Update Regarding Fall 2020 Enrollment and F-1 Immigration Status

Frequently Asked Questions

Information About Campus Operations

If you are in the United States, you must enroll for a full course of study. All F-1 students must enroll in as many in-person classes as are available in your program.  At a minimum, a new student for the fall 2020 must enroll in at least one in-person (face-to-face) class.  Continuing student may enroll in some or all remote courses if in-person classes are not available. If you are outside the United States, you may enroll in online or remote courses. UAConnect will indicate which courses will be offered remotely.  Remote enrollment may not be available in all countries.  Please check with issworld@uark.edu to have ISS inquire if your country allows on-line education from the U.S. Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020 Based On March 9 Spring Guidance Broadcast

F-1 students pursuing studies in the United States for the fall 2020 school term may remain in the United States even if the University of Arkansas switches to a hybrid program or to fully online instruction. You will maintain your nonimmigrant status in this scenario and would not be out-of-status solely based on your online studies.  Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020 Based On March 9 Spring Guidance Broadcast

 

Yes, absolutely! These programs will continue to provide opportunities for involvement in virtual ways during the fall semester. We encourage you to participate!

The University of Arkansas has a Catastrophic Fund for International Students to which you should apply. F-1 students may qualify for Economic Hardship employment authorization, if they are approved by USCIS. For more information, please see Economic Hardship . J-1 students may also qualify for similar hardship employment authorization. They should contact the program advisor at their Exchange Visitor program for more information.

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Students or Scholars Traveling to Campus from Another Country 

Although some protective supplies will be provided to each student, we encourage you to bring a supply of face coverings/masks, a thermometer, sanitizing/disinfecting wipes, and other supplies you need to feel safe in a university environment since such supplies can be hard to find at this time in the local marketplace.

Please do not enter the U.S. after Thursday, August 27. If you are not able to enter the U.S. by that date, we encourage you to defer to the spring or fall 2021 semester.  Please read the FAQ below regarding the process to defer.   

You can also explore the possibility of enrolling in remote offered classes. Email issworld@uark.edu and provide your name, your program of study, country in which you will be studying remotely, if you have a graduate assistantship and if you are a sponsored student. This information will be used to determine if the country in which you are studying allows remote learning for the U of A.

Graduate students with a graduate assistantship should contact their Academic Advisor or Graduate Coordinator immediately.  Depending on your academic program, there might be a possibility of late arrival.

Please see the Centers for Disease Control’s website for details about the COVID entry ban.  There is an exception for F-1 students to this ban.  The U.S. State Department issued a statement that F-1 students may qualify for a blanket exception if you are coming from, or transiting through, European countries.  J-1 Exchange Visitors will still need to seek an exception from the visa office.  Please print a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidance to carry with your I-20 in case there are questions at the port of entry about your arrival from Europe.

You should expect that these programs will be conducted online. For more information, please contact issworld@uark.edu

Graduate students should email gradapp@uark.edu with the request to defer their acceptance for one consecutive semester, and in some cases it can be one consecutive academic year.

 Undergraduate students should follow these instructions: Submit your deferral request to International Admissions at intlapp@uark.edu. Your message should describe your request, your full name and University of Arkansas student ID, the term to which you wish to defer your admission (ex. Fall 2020 to Spring 2021), and the reason for your request. Please reference "deferral request" in the email subject line. 

If you will not be able to arrive to the United States before the start date of your assistantship, you must discuss your options with the department.  If your duties are such that they can be fufilled remotely, then your department should contact Shelly Gahagans (sgahagan@uark.edu) AND Curt Rom (crom@uark.edu).  The final decision rests with the institution whether you will be able to work remotely or need to defer to a semester in which you reside in the United States.

Non-COVID Issues: Student Visa Holders

As of July 24, 2020, this has not happened. There are rumors that some changes may be coming to OPT; however, nothing has happened yet. If changes occur, we will announce these accordingly.

Yes, some graduate students and researchers may be affected by a proclamation issued by the president in June, 2020. For more information, please see Proclamation Suspending Entry of Chinese Students and Researchers Connected to PRC “Military-Civil Fusion Strategy"

Non-COVID Issues: Scholar Visa Holders

Yes, some graduate students and researchers may be affected by a proclamation issued by the president in June, 2020. For more information, please see Proclamation Suspending Entry of Chinese Students and Researchers Connected to PRC “Military-Civil Fusion Strategy"

Yes, we are. However, bear in mind that it may take a long time for you to obtain a visa and/or enter the United States, due to travel restrictions which are subject to change at any time.