Fall Term 2022 Guidance for New International Students

Updated: June 22, 2022

Notify ISSS of Your Plans for Fall Term 

Please confirm your arrival plans by following the instructions below. We understand there are many challenges and uncertainties in getting visa appointments, traveling to the U.S., pandemic and political crises in many countries. If you find you are unable to come to U.S. for any reason, please email ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu

1) Log into your international student portal (iConnect) with your Duck ID and submit the “New Student Fall 2022 Plan” eform: https://iconnect.uoregon.edu/istart/controllers/start/StartEngine.cfm


In-Person Class Requirement

All new international students will be required to enroll in at least one in-person class. If, for some reason, you are not able to come to the U.S. for fall term, please email ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu so we can advise you on alternative options.


International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation (ISO) is required for new international undergraduate and exchange students. Graduate students are not required to attend, but are certainly welcome! ISO will be held on the Eugene campus September 19 and 20, 2022. If you are an undergrad or exchange student, please book your flight to arrive in Eugene prior to ISO.

For the ISO schedule, go to https://isss.uoregon.edu/iso.


Preparing to Move into On-Campus Housing

Move-in day for all UO students is September 22 and 23, 2022. However international students can request to move into on-campus housing as early as (DATE). There will be an extra daily charge for early move-in. To request an early move in date before (DATE), you will need to submit a Change in Arrival request, available at My Housing. You must submit the Change in Arrival request for any move-in date which is earlier than (DATE). For information on preparing to move in to on-campus housing, go to https://housing.uoregon.edu/blog/preparing-for-move-in


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 to present to U.S. immigration upon arrival.  

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 fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as you are eligible. See COVID-19 FAQs below for more information about what "fully vaccinated" means.

Vaccination requirement – Student Process: 

https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/covid-19-vaccination-requirement-student-process

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.

Student Health Insurance Process and Fees

All international students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan. The cost for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan is $996 per term ($1494 per semester for Law students) and provides excellent coverage, low deductibles and low out of pocket limits. If you have other health insurance, you can request to waive out of the UO student health benefits plan as long as you meet the waiver criteria. (Graduate Employees have a different waiver process - see next paragraph). Waiver criteria and instructions can be found here: https://health.uoregon.edu/insurancewaivers. The deadline to request a waiver for fall 2022 is September 30, 2022.

Graduate Employees (GEs): you are eligible for the GTFF Insurance Plan administered by the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) labor union which costs a fraction of the student plan. However, you must first enroll in the GTFF insurance plan at http://gtff3544.net/health-care/. The GTFF benefits coordinator will then waive you out of the UO Student Health Benefits Plan. If you are unable to come to the U.S. due to visa delays, and have approval from your UO department to start your graduate program online/remote from outside the U.S., you must follow the instructions above to notify ISSS of your plans for fall 2022. ISSS will then notify the UO Health Center to dis-enroll you from the UO Student Health Benefits Plan for fall 2022.


Immigration Document Check-In

Within 10 days of your arrival to the U.S., you are required to "check-in" online with International Student & Scholar Services. To check-in, log into iConnect Student Portal with your DuckID and submit the "Immigration Document Check-In" eform. You will need to upload a copy of your passport and the arrival stamp in your passport.