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International Students and COVID-19 Updates

​​​​​In light of the recent updates from DePaul University in response to COVID-19​,  we wanted to address some questions you may have as an international student. 

Be assured DePaul offices and services, including ISS, will remain open and accessible to you, both in person and remotely.  

We understand that this is a time of stress and concern for you and your families at home.  We are committed to continue doing what we can to support and advocate on your behalf.  Our doors and hearts remain open to our wonderful international global community.

We have received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that allows you to continue your studies by taking online courses in the U.S. without jeopardizing your immigration status.  This means that you may count all online courses towards the full course of study requirements as long as you are making normal progress towards your degree.  This accommodation will remain in place until in-person classes resume.

We understand that as an international student it will not be easy for you to move-out from a DePaul residence and find off-campus housing.   The university will work with you to accommodate your need to continue to live on-campus.  If you are currently living on campus, more information will soon be directly communicated to you by DePaul's Department of Housing.

ISO covers medically necessary health care costs related to testing and treatment of infectious diseases and medical conditions, including COVID-19.  If you have any questions about ISO coverage, contact or call 800-244-1180.  Additional information is also available here.

If you will be outside the U.S. for the duration of the Spring 2020 quarter, current regulations require ISS to update your F-1 SEVIS record with an “authorized early withdrawal” termination of your I-20. However, there is an option to reactivate your F-1 SEVIS record with the assistance of ISS. This option is only available if your absence from the U.S. is less than 5 months and is subject to government approval. The timing of your departure, the length of your stay abroad, and other factors may impact reactivation eligibility, as well as future eligibility for CPT and OPT benefits. 

If you are considering departure from the U.S., please contact the ISS front desk at 312-362-8376 to schedule an appointment with your dedicated ISS advisor. 

If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about the virus or family that may be impacted, you may wish to utilize University Counseling Services by calling 312-362-6923 at the Loop campus or +1 773-325-7779 at the Lincoln Park campus to arrange an appointment.  Your International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) advisor can also be reached by calling +1 312-362-8376.