COVID19 International Student Updates

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Information for international students at SIU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. government announced April 26, 2021 that COVID-19 related guidance and exceptions issued in March 2020 will continue for the 2021-2022 school year. International students on F-1 status will continue to be able to keep this status for the 2021-2022 academic year provided they register for a full course load, regardless of whether these courses are in-person, hybrid, or via remote learning. Students that have begun a new program of study after March 9, 2020 are required to enroll in a minimum of one in-person or hybrid-based course, if they are studying within the U.S. More information may be viewed here. (04/28/2021)

Please bear in mind this is still a fluid situation due to the nature of a global pandemic. We will continue to update this webpage with additional changes and guidance as it becomes available. 

Below frequently asked questions (FAQs) specific to F-1 students will be updated as soon as possible to reflect any update.


The Office of International Students & Scholars (ISS) is working to provide up-to-date information to all international students as it becomes available. We understand that there are many concerns during this time and we are working to secure answers for each of your queries. Please continue to reach out to us by email at issinfo@siu.edu

Below you will find a compilation of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Please continue to review for updated information.