Fall 2020 Guidance for New International Students

Updated: August 20, 2020

The University of Oregon (UO) is looking forward to welcoming new international students to Eugene, Oregon, in September 2020. While the impact of COVID-19 is still uncertain, we are welcoming students who are able to arrive. The UO is planning for a hybrid model of instruction for fall term that allows for a smaller number of in-person classes and a larger number of remote and online classes. 

We have provided information here to help you plan for your arrival. If you have any questions, please send an email to International Student & Scholar Services at intl@uoregon.edu, or call 541-346-3206. An international student advisor will respond to your email or phone call within 24-48 hours.

Fall Term Plans - RSVP Required

If you ARE coming to the U.S. (visa and travel confirmed) - please submit your travel plans by clicking on the link below.  You must enter the U.S. on or before September 29, 2020 which is the start of fall term. If you anticipate arriving later than September 29, please note this on the form. An ISSS advisor will contact you with late arrival information.

Submit Your Travel Plans Here

If you are NOT coming to the U.S., but PLAN TO ENROLL online/remote for fall 2020: 

  • Send an email to ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu with your name and UO ID. Explain that you are not arriving but will enroll full time fall 2020.
  • Log into myUOHealth Student Portal and complete the “Insurance Waiver Request” Form which has been modified this year to include questions specifically pertaining to your geographic location (where you will be studying). 

If you are NOT coming to the U.S. and NOT PLANNING TO ENROLL:

Applying for an F-1 Visa

International students admitted to the University of Oregon are eligible to apply for an F-1 visa because the UO will not be entirely online for fall term 2020. U.S. embassies and consulates are beginning to re-open and process non-immigrant visas. The dates for each U.S. embassy or consulate will depend on local conditions. You can monitor the resumption of visa services for your country at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/suspension-o….

To apply for an F-1 visa, start here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html

I-20 for F-1 visa

New students must provide evidence to the U.S. embassy or consulate that the UO will not be operating entirely online for fall term 2020. This evidence is provided on the I-20 as a certification statement under “Remarks” that the UO is planning to return to some in-person instruction for fall 2020. (This does not apply to international students in the U.S. who are transferring from another institution.)

An updated I-20 with the fall certification statement should have been sent to you already. If you have not received an updated I-20, please email International Student & Scholar Services at intl@uoregon.edu.

Use of Electronically-Signed I-20s

International students may present an electronically-delivered I-20 to a U.S. embassy or consulate for a visa appointment, and to U.S. customs and immigration upon arrival to the U.S. Click on the link below to print and carry a letter from the Division of Global Engagement verifying the use of electronically-signed and delivered I-20s. DOWNLOAD LETTER

Travel Restrictions to the U.S.

If you are coming from China, Iran or Brazil, you are currently restricted from traveling to the U.S. For more information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countrie….

If you are you traveling from the Schengen Area of Europe, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, you may qualify for a National Interest Exception. Students with valid F-1 visas do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel. Students with a valid J-1 visa need to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request.

Arrival and CDC Guidelines for Incoming Travelers

You can legally enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20, not before. The earliest admission date to the U.S. is printed on your I-20. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not require incoming travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days, but they do recommend that you take extra precautions to protect others after you arrive if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 under the following conditions:

  • Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 spread. Going to a large social gathering such as a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering such as a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Being in crowds – for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or riverboat.

COVID-19 Resources

The UO’s new searchable COVID-19 resources website has updated information about testing for students in residence halls, as well as the latest information about current operations and planning for in-person activities for fall term.  

Moving into On-Campus Housing

If you have applied to live on-campus, please notify UO Housing of your arrival date so they can work with you on the move-in date.

Register for Fall Classes

You should have been participating in the student orientation program this summer called IntroDUCKtion and received information about your remote academic advising appointment with an academic advisor. If you have not received an academic advising appointment, please send an email to intl@uoregon.edu. You cannot register for fall classes without an academic advising appointment.

New 1-Credit, In-Person Class

As a new incoming international student, you are required to enroll in at least one in-person or hybrid class for fall 2020. An academic advisor will help you to identify in-person and hybrid classes. The UO is also offering a 1-credit, in-person class for free to new incoming international students. For more information, go to https://isss.uoregon.edu/new-1-credit-course-planned-fall-person-no-tui….

Academic English Testing Requirement

All new admitted undergraduate students must complete the online Academic English for International Students (AEIS) placement test before arrival unless you meet one of the conditions for AEIS exemption. The UO Testing Center emailed nstructions to your UO email account with a voucher to take the online test. You cannot register for classes until you take this test, and you cannot take the test on campus. If you did not receive an email with a voucher to take the AEIS placement test, send an email to bulkleyj@uoregon.edu with your name and UO ID and ask for the voucher. If you have questions about being exempt from taking the AEIS placement test, send an email to ttasker@uoregon.edu with your name and UO ID.

Math Placement Test

All incoming freshmen are encouraged to take the math placement test. Having a test score will ensure that academic advisors have the most accurate information when helping you select a math course. The placements test is free and should take less than an hour to complete. For details, go to https://testing.uoregon.edu/math-placement.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Please make sure you have completed the items in the Pre-Arrival Checklist (those that pertain to you.) The Pre-Arrival Checklist can be found at https://isss.uoregon.edu/pre-arrival.

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. 

Short-Term Housing in Eugene

You may find these resources helpful in locating short-term housing. The UO is not able to refer or endorse any particular housing options.

In the case of FFIS, that organization assumes the risk associated with bringing people into the households of FFIS homestay families. By listing FFIS with other housing resources, UO plays no role in setting up the homestay and is not responsible for any associated risk.  


The following orientation for new international students will go over many important topics to help you prepare for fall term. The video lasts for about one hour.