Fall Term 2022 Guidance for Continuing Students

Updated: September 15, 2022

Notify ISSS of Your Plans

Please follow the instructions below based on whether you will be in the U.S. or outside the U.S. fall term 2022. 

  • If you are in the U.S. and remaining in the U.S. for fall term, no action required.

ACTION REQUIRED:

  • If you were outside the U.S. spring 2022 and will be returning to the U.S. for fall 2022, 1) log into iConnect and submit the “Returning to U.S.” e-form. If you left the U.S. during the summer term, we do not need you to submit the form.
     
  • If you were outside the U.S. spring 2022 and will remain outside the U.S. fall 2022, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” e-form for fall 2022 (term code is 202201). Important Note: ISSS will notify the UO Health Center to dis-enroll you from the student health benefits plan, but only if we receive notification of your plans. If we do not receive notification of your plans by September 27, 2022, you will be responsible for paying the $1,026 health insurance premium.
     
  • If you are currently in the U.S. but plan to be outside the U.S. fall 2022, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” e-form for fall 2022 (term code is 202201). Important Note: ISSS will notify the UO Health Center to dis-enroll you from the student health benefits plan, but only if we receive notification of your plans. If we do not receive notification of your plans by September 27, 2022, you will be responsible for paying the $1,026 health insurance premium.

In-Person Course Enrollment Policy

For the past two years of the pandemic, international students have been allowed to enroll in any combination of courses including online, in-person, and hybrid without restriction.

For fall 2023, all international students, new and continuing, must be enrolled in at least one in-person course each term if you are in the U.S. All remaining courses can be any combination of in-person, online or hybrid. Dissertation, research and thesis credits are considered in-person credits. If you are outside the U.S. taking classes, you are still allowed to enroll in all online courses (synchronous or asynchronous.)


I-20 Travel Signatures

Travel signatures on page 2 of the I-20 are valid for one year. If you are returning to the U.S. and the travel signature on your I-20 is blank or more than one year old, log into iConnect and submit the “I-20 Replacement Request.” eform. We will reprint your I-20, sign for travel, and email an I-20 to you as a PDF file. You must print, sign and date the I-20 copy on your end and keep with your passport for re-entry to the U.S.


Use of Electronically-Delivered I-20s

For F-1 students, you are allowed to use the I-20 copy sent to you via email for travel to the U.S. The original-signed I-20 is not required. However, you must print, sign and date the I-20 copy and keep the I-20 with your passport.  

For J-1 students, the original-signed hard copy DS-2019 is required for entry to the U.S. 


Air Travel to the United States - Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine Required for All Air Passengers 

Effective November 8, 2021, the U.S. will lift the four current geographic travel ban restrictions, and replace them with a global requirement that "noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" traveling to the United States by air from any part of the world establish that they are fully vaccinated, with some limited exceptions. A separate CDC order will also continue to require all air travelers to show results of a negative coronavirus test performed on a specimen taken three days (if fully vaccinated) or one day (if not fully vaccinated and entering under an exception) preceding their flight's departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States. "Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" who are traveling by air will have to show both the negative COVID viral test and documentation that they are either fully vaccinated or are eligible for an exception to the vaccination requirement.


UO COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Shot Requirement

The UO requires all students to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines which includes all doses in the primary series, and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. See COVID-19 FAQs below for more information.

Vaccination requirement – Student Process: 

https://health.uoregon.edu/immunization-requirements

Students are required to use myUOHealth to submit their records.

All vaccine questions should be directed to the UO Health Center at immunization@uoregon.edu


COVID-19 FAQs

Review all FAQs on the UO website at https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine including those below!

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required Fall 2022: The UO will require students to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot prior to the start of fall term. Students may be eligible to request an exemption. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.
     
  • What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”? You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed since you received all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (the number of does varies by manufacturer). 
     
  • Will the UO accept vaccines other than those approved for use in the US? No, the UO will only accept any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO)
     
  • If international students got a vaccine out of the US, how should they show proof? UO will allow international students to upload to the myUOHealth portal evidence of any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the same portal international students already use to upload other immunization records. Please note that these immunization records must be submitted in English.  
     
  • Can international students get a vaccine after arrival in Eugene? No. The U.S. government now requires all travelers to the U.S. show proof of being fully vaccinated prior to boarding an international flight to the U.S. 
     
  • What if I cannot get the COVID vaccine prior to arrival to the U.S.? You may be eligible to start fall term remotely from your home country if online courses are available in your major or field of study. You may also request to defer to a future term to allow more time to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.