COVID-19 Information

Please see the resources below and corresponding drop-down sections for important information about COVID-19 as it pertains to study abroad, study away, and international students.

Resources

travel.state.gov – Information from the US Department of State, includes travel advisories for specific countries as well as regionally specific information

Centers for Disease Control (Coronavirus page) – Information about Covid-19; including FAQs and travel advice

World Health Organization (Coronavirus page)– Coordinating daily reports on outbreaks and global tracking of COVID-19; as well providing advice on a global level for how to respond and prevent new cases of transmission.

Study Abroad & COVID-19

All Spring 2020 study abroad programs have been cancelled and all students who were abroad have safely returned to their respective homes.

While there is a Global Level 4 Travel Advisory in effect, the CIP cannot authorize any new study abroad programs or guarantee whether fall 2020 programs will run. We will continue monitoring analyses and risk assessments from various agencies to make decisions as swiftly and responsibly as possible.

In the meantime, we are encouraging all approved 2020-2021 study abroad applicants to continue with the pre-departure processes outlined by CIP and Partner Program staff to prepare for the opportunity to study abroad in the fall if conditions change and travel is advised before your approved program begins.

We encourage all Study Abroad applicants to stay in touch with CIP staff and to let us know if you have questions or concerns by emailing cip@kzoo.edu

Study Away & COVID-19

While we certainly hope that domestic travel is allowed and recommended by fall 2020, we are aware of the uncertainty of what is yet to come. However, we are encouraging all applicants and approved participants to continue with the processes outlined by the CIP and Study Away staff to prepare for the opportunity to study away if conditions change and travel is advised before your approved program begins.

We encourage all Study Away applicants to stay in touch with CIP staff and to let us know if you have questions or concerns by emailing cip@kzoo.edu

International Students & COVID-19

Most International Students have returned to their home countries and are participating in K’s Distance Learning during Spring Q to finish the academic year.

We encourage all International Students to stay in touch with CIP staff and to let us know if you have questions or concerns by emailing cip@kzoo.edu

FAQ’s
Can I stay in the US if my visa is expired and the border to my country is closed? What if I am graduating at the end of this year?

Continuing F-1 students can stay in the U.S. even if their visa is expired.  The visa allows you to enter the country, and F-1 students are granted “Duration of Status,” which means that you are allowed to stay as long as you are in good F-1 student status.

If you are graduating, you have a 60-day grace period, which is calculated as 60 days from our original commencement date of June 14, 2020.  During the grace period you can stay in the U.S., apply to transfer your SEVIS record to a graduate school, apply for OPT, or apply for a change of status.

If, after the 60-day grace period, you are unable to depart due to border closures, we need to document that very thoroughly.  Please stay in communication with our office for information on what documentation to provide.

How has COVID-19 impacted the OPT application process?

You are still able to apply for OPT.  The application process and required documents are available in the International Student Moodle.  Alayna is available to meet virtually to answer questions and guide you through the process.

You may need to visit a bank to secure the required check for your application and most banks require appointments, so it will take some advance thought and planning.

You will need to obtain 2 identical US passport-style photos.  That can be done on your own electronic device if you have photo printing capabilities, or it can be done at a local Walgreens or in other locations; this may also require an appointment.

You will need to print and sign your application documents, as well as mail them in.  If you do not live on campus you CANNOT use the campus mail center.  You will have to visit a US Post Office or FedEx, UPS, etc.

We cannot comment on the timeline for OPT approval or the likelihood of employment.

Will it negatively impact my F-1 student status if I have a remote internship/job at a U.S. based company but I am working from outside the U.S.?

As long as you are in Active F-1 student status (were enrolled full-time at K for Spring quarter) you are allowed to participate in campus employment, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and/or STEM OPT while outside the US as long as the employer has a way of assessing your attainment of learning objectives.

There may be tax implications associated with work conducted outside the U.S. for both you and the employer.