Winter Term 2022 Guidance for New International Students

Updated: November 2, 2021

 

Notify ISSS of Your Plans for Winter Term 

We need to know if you are planning to come to the U.S. for winter term as soon as you are able to confirm your plans. 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

NOTE: Winter classes are in-person. There are very few online undergrad and graduate courses available. Please contact an academic advisor or your major department to determine if there are any available online courses if you cannot physically come to the U.S. for winter term. Online courses may not be available for every major or graduate program.

ACTION REQUIRED:

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

2) Complete Pre-Arrival Checklist: https://isss.uoregon.edu/pre-arrival


International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation (ISO) is required for new international undergraduate students. ISO winter term 2022 will be on the UO campus on December 30, 2021. Please book your flight so that you are able to attend ISO on December 30. We will email detailed information about ISO 


Preparing to Move into On-Campus Housing

Move-in day for all UO students is (DATE). 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.  

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.


Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Required for All Air Passengers 

Updated October 25, 2021, students traveling to the U.S. will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status) before you travel by air to the U.S. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. If you are fully vaccinated, the viral test must be conducted no more than 3 days before the flight's departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, the viral test must be conducted no more than 1 day before the flight's departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


COVID Shot Requirement: The UO requires all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. See CPVID-19 FAQs below for more information about what "fully vaccinated" means.

Booster Shot Requirement: The UO will also require all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligibleThe booster shot requirement must be met by January 31, or 30 days after you become eligible.

Proof of the booster shot must be uploaded following a similar process for the vaccination requirement (see below). Specific information for providing proof will be shared with students and employees early in winter term. As with our existing vaccination requirements, the University of Oregon will continue to recognize both medical and non-medical exemptions to the booster shot requirement, consistent with state law.

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 Winter 2022: The UO will require students to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of winter 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 winter 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 spring term 2022 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. Waiver criteria and instructions can be found here: https://health.uoregon.edu/insurancewaivers. The deadline to request a waiver for winter term is September 3 for law students, and January 12 for undergraduate and graduate students.

If you are a new Graduate Employee (GE), 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. You will not be automatically enrolled in the GTFF insurance plan and waived out of the student plan. You must enroll in the GTFF insurance plan at http://gtff3544.net/health-care/. 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 winter term. ISSS will then notify the UO Health Center to dis-enroll you from the student health insurance plan for winter term.


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.