International Services understands that students have many questions as to how the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions will affect your status.

International Services understands that students have many questions as to how the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions will affect your status.  We also are aware that the situation can rapidly change and we ensure we will continue to update all students as we have changing information.  Adelphi University is committed to ensuring that you can continue your academic program safely and in accordance with all regulations. Services available to students include individualized academic advisement team and regulatory advisement.  Working together you will develop an individualized academic plan that allows you to continue your studies and which also provides regulatory guidance regarding your status.

Can’t find your question below and need additional assistance? Contact us at is@adelphi.edu and we will gladly get back to you.

SEVP Guidance

At this time, SEVP has not released updated regulatory guidance for the Spring 2021 semester. The most recent guidance available is for the Fall 2020 semester. As a result, we are not able to provide students with definitive regulatory answers regarding physical presence in the U.S., and limitations to online courses for the next semester until such guidance has been posted.

However, we are currently operating under the assumption there will be a continuation of the flexibility offered this semester. We are advising all international students to enroll in as many as possible in person, hybrid classes that have a physical presence requirement for the Spring semester.

This guidance from International Services is subject to change once final guidance has been published for the Spring 2021 semester. As these regulations are determined by SEVP and not the university, we must acknowledge at some point, traditional regulations and guidance will resume both requiring physical presence and limiting online classes.

This guidance is subject to change once SEVP publishes its final guidance for the Spring 2021 semester. We promise to be in touch immediately once this guidance is available.

Our academic advising team is available to meet with you and review your options to continue your education in the semester ahead. If you have general questions or need personal guidance, please email us at is@adelphi.edu. If you have questions about registration or course availability, be sure to contact your academic advisor to review your spring 2021 schedule.

For reference, the most updated guidance can be found at each of the below sites:

Remote Services

  • The International Services staff is deeply committed to providing regulatory guidance and assisting the international student community.
  • Through the use of the International Services Portal, an integrated electronic interface available to students and scholars through eCampus, all office applications and essential services can be requested online directly by the student and guidance can be provided by the Designated School Official (DSO) from a distance.
  • Our staff is available through email. Please contact us at is@adelphi.edu with your questions.
  • Virtual Office Hours are available for international students and scholars who wish to consult with one of the office Designated School Officials and gain regulatory guidance. Please check here for more information about office hours.

Online Courses

  • At this time, SEVP has not released updated regulatory guidance for the Spring 2021 semester.
  • However, we are currently operating under the assumption there will be a continuation of the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Procedural Adaptations. As a result, we are advising all international students to enroll in as many as possible in person, hybrid classes that have a physical presence requirement for the Spring semester.
  • Once we learn of the official Spring 2021 Guidance published by SEVP, International Services will be in touch immediately with all international students and academic advisors with updated guidance.

Previous Guidance:

Fall 2020 Guidance:

During the Fall 2020 semester, students were able to temporarily count online classes toward a full course of study in excess of the traditional limits which apply for status maintenance, even if they have left the United States and are taking the online classes elsewhere. This temporary provision is only in effect due to COVID-19. As the university is adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—students can select the courses which best fit their individual preferences and need and will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online.

Traditional SEVP Guidance:

  • For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student’s physical attendance for classes.
  • Students enrolled in Pathway Programs which include Academic English, AAP, EAP, MAP or AMAP are not permitted to enroll in online courses.

If this happens, students will still be considered to be maintaining valid F-1 status. Students enrolled in hybrid model courses are still meeting the in-person requirement.

New International Students

Students who have been issued an initial or transfer pending I-20 from Adelphi University, and have a valid F-1 visa who enter the U.S. will be allowed to maintain valid F-1 status if they are enrolled in a full course of study through in-person instruction.

  • First-year students who are attending Adelphi for their first semester but are unable to obtain a visa in time, or enter the U.S. for this semester may enroll in online courses from their home country. A variety of courses will be available to them, including a specially created first-year seminar.
  • These students will not be considered maintaining valid F-1 status and will need to continue their visa application process, however, in order to attend Adelphi in person for Fall 2021.

Quarantine Guidance

In an effort to maintain the safety of our community and to abide by travel restrictions imposed by New York State, all international students will be required to quarantine prior to the spring semester. Students can contact healthandwellness@adelphi.edu for the latest information and with any questions regarding this process.

Residential Students Living On Campus

If you are a residential student and live on campus, you will be required to arrive between January 5 and January 7 which will allow you sufficient time in order to quarantine. You will need to contact housing@adelphi.edu in order to confirm your arrival date and provide your quarantine option selected from the list below:

  • On campus (at no charge with campus meals delivered; limited rooms available)
  • Off campus in a hotel at which the University has reserved rooms for students (at no charge with daily allotment for food)
  • Off campus with friends, family or alternative arrangements (at your own expense)

Commuter Students Living Off Campus

If you intend to live off campus, you will still be required to quarantine as per the requirements. You will need to prepare your travel arrangements to provide you with sufficient time in order to complete this process.

Travel Guidance

Because of the changing array of travel restrictions, students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

For specific information regarding travel please visit our website: Travel as an International Student

Additional travel information for students in F-1 status can be found here:

International travel is not recommended at this time due to ongoing travel restrictions, public health guidance, and immigration policy changes which can not be prepared for. However, students maintaining valid F-1 status who wish to travel should bring the following documents with them for re-entry into the United States:

  • A Valid Travel Endorsed Form I-20 (the DSO travel signature must be within one year of re-entry)
  • A Current Passport (valid for at least six months after the date of your reentry)
  • A Valid F-1 visa, if required

For specific information regarding travel please visit our website: Travel as an International Student

Because of the changing array of travel restrictions, students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

Additional travel information for students in F-1 status can be found here:

Students who continue to make normal progress in their program during COVID-19 remain eligible for admission into the United States while the temporary measures related to COVID-19 are in place, and for this reason, the five-month temporary absence provision will not apply.

You will need to have the following required documents for entrance into the U.S. for re-entry

  • A Valid Travel Endorsed Form I-20 (the DSO travel signature must be within one year of re-entry)
  • A Current Passport (valid for at least six months after the date of your reentry)
  • A Valid F-1 visa, if required

For specific information regarding travel please visit our website: Travel as an International Student

Because of the changing array of travel restrictions, students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

Additional travel information for students in F-1 status can be found here:

Students who continue to make normal progress in their program during COVID-19 remain eligible for admission into the United States while the temporary measures related to COVID-19 are in place, and for this reason, the five-month temporary absence provision will not apply.

If you have an F-1 visa, your visa would not be canceled if you are studying from your home country.

For reentry after a temporary absence abroad, students must have a valid travel endorsement by the DSO within 12 months of re-entry. Students who need to request a travel endorsement should contact International Services directly at is@adelphi.edu. Our staff will assist you with your request and provide you with an electronic travel endorsement.

Travel Bans

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the included countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States at this time. Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States.

As per the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Cultural Affairs, there is a National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland which indicates qualified travelers who are applying for or have valid visas or ESTA authorization may travel to the United States even as PPs 9993 and 9996 remain in effect following the procedures below

  • Students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual national interest exception to travel.
  • Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for a national interest exception to travel.
  • Academic students who have a valid visa in the appropriate class, an ESTA authorization that was issued prior to PP 9993 or 9996’s effective date, or who are seeking to apply for a visa, and believe they may qualify for a national interest exception should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling. If a national interest exception is approved, they may travel on either a valid visa or ESTA authorization, as appropriate.

Because of the changing array of travel restrictions, International Services recommends students to monitor your local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

Visa Services

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of studying at Adelphi University must first obtain a valid F-1 student visa. This document can be acquired at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country or residence and is placed in your valid passport. International travelers who are citizens of Canada, Bermuda and meet all necessary requirements are eligible to travel to the United States without a visa.

  • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates may now enter a phased resumption of visa services. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services and will resume routine visa services as local conditions and resources allow.
  • Students should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live.

Employment Questions

  • No, international students are not eligible to work off campus without authorization from USCIS or International Services.
  • Any off campus employment without authorization would be considered a violation of status.

Students who would like additional information for off campus employment as a result of COVID-19 with USCIS should refer to our website which includes information regarding the requirements, and application process for severe economic hardship employment with USCIS. Severe Economic Hardship Employment.

In order to file for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must be physically in the U.S. Students who would like information on how to file for OPT should refer to our website which includes a students eligibility for OPT, the application process, employment categories, travel guidance, student reporting requirements, and important related links.

Leave of Absence

  • International Students are required to enroll in a full course of study each academic semester in order to maintain valid F-1 status. Active international students requesting a leave of absence would need to request an authorized early withdrawal from their academic program.
    • Students in degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate programs should contact Academic Services.
    • Students in various AUI programs which include English Language Training, EAP, AAP, MAP, and AMAP programs should contact their AUI student services advisor.
  • You will not be able to maintain valid F-1 status and have a leave of absence. Following your request for a university leave, you would need to depart the United States.

Where can I find more resources?

Visit the Adelphi University Office of International Services online.

Email Wendy Badala, director of International Services, at wbadala@adelphi.edu.

The most updated SEVP guidance can be found at each of the below sites:

Travel information for students in F-1 status can be located at the sites listed below:

Visa Guidance can be located at the sites listed below:

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